The 2018 model of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 was originally priced at INR 3.60 lakh (ex-showroom) in Delhi. However, due to internal localization, the price of the bike has been dropped by INR 62,000. The locally assembled Ninja 300 is available with a price tag of INR 2.98 lakh. This pits the Ninja 300 against the KTM RC 390, which is priced at INR 2.36 lakh. It also makes the bike cheaper than the Yamaha R3, which is priced at INR 3.48 lakh.
The higher priced Ninja was the CKD variant with low levels of localization, while the one that we will now get at the lower price is the heavily localized CKD variant made locally in India. With the new prices, dealerships across India are offering huge discounts of up to INR 60,000 to the customers who want the old model of the Ninja 300. The Ninja that is being made in India comes with 2-channel ABS as standard, and the bike also gets a new color scheme of Lime Green/Ebony and Candy Plasma Blue with a big Ninja sticker on side panels.
The ABS that is offered as standard now was absent from the old model. Mechanically, there are no changes and both the models are powered by a 296cc 2-cylinder engine with maximum power of 39 HP and maximum torque of 27 NM.
The suspension duties are handled by 37mm front telescopic forks and a monoshock at the rear. There are disc brakes on both the ends of the bike. The instrument console has an all-digital speedometer and odometer with 2 trip meters, while the tachometer remains analogue.
Here is a quick comparison video of old model vs. new model:
Ninja 300 Tech Specs (Old Model)
|Engine Description||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, Parallel Twin|
|Fuel System||Fuel injection: ø32 mm x 2 with dual throttle valves|
|No. of Cylinders||2|
|Maximum Power||39 HP @ 11000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||27 NM @ 10000 rpm|
|No. of Gears||6|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc, Manual|
|Overall Length||2015 mm|
|Overall Width||715 mm|
|Overall Height||1170 mm|
|Ground Clearance||140 mm|
|Seat Height||785 mm|
|Kerb/Wet Weight||172 kg|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||17 litres|
|Front Brake||Single 290 mm petal disc, Single balanced actuation dual-piston caliper|
|Rear Brake||Single 220 mm petal disc, Dual-piston caliper|
|Front Tyre||110/70-R17 M/C 54H|
|Rear Tyre||150/60-R17 M/C 66H|