Kawasaki Ninja 300 is an aggressively styled bike that packs extra power than its predecessor, Ninja 250R. Some of the most remarkable points include its aerodynamic and aggressive styling, powerful engine and segment-leading pricing. Still, there are few points that Ninja 300 misses around this segment. Here are the pros and cons of the bike which would help you to decide whether or not this is the perfect bike for you.
Kawasaki Ninja 300 Pros & Cons
Pros of Ninja 300
1) Comfortable Riding Posture
When it comes to riding position and seating comfort, Ninja 300 is much relaxed. The rear set foot-pegs give a sporty riding posture along with the handlebar which allows elbows to have an aerodynamic position. Thus, the elbows and palm remain stress-free and have a firm grip on this bike. Moreover, the space on its fuel tank gives ample space to the knees to stick around it properly.
2) Slipper Clutch
Kawasaki Ninja 300 comes with a slipper clutch as standard. It comes into action when there is a sudden downshift of the gears which often throws the wheel into a spin, catching the rider off-guard. The slipper clutch feature provides the rider with greater control and helps in changing the gears quickly.
3) Amazing Looks
As already mentioned, Ninja 300 has got attention-grabbing looks and features. To begin with, the front fascia is boasted off by sharp twin headlights followed by long V-shaped pointed visor mounted with dark-hued black rear view mirrors which give it a sporty and energetic look. The rear cowl includes additional LED tail light setup with side indicators fitted in its augmented back fender.
4) Engine Packed with Power
Kawasaki Ninja 300 has got a liquid-cooled, 4-stroke parallel twin 296cc, DOHC, 8 valves engine with a fuel injection system. This powerful mill can churn out 39 PS of maximum power at 11000 rpm with a maximum torque figure of 27 Nm at 10000 rpm. This makes it more powerful than its predecessor. The approximate top speed of the sportbike is 182 kmph.
5) Good Handling
Kawasaki Ninja 300 comes with an extended wheelbase and high ground clearance which provides better stability and turning abilities. Its wheelbase of 1405 mm and suspension system keeps it grounded during highway rides. The ground clearance of 135 mm helps in improving its aerodynamics during turns at slow speeds. You would always feel confident while riding the bike both in city and highway conditions. Moreover, if you love the highway rides, Ninja 300 will serve you well.
6) Anti-Lock Braking System
The standard dual channel ABS is a great feature that was missing on last generation Ninja 300. The brakes now avoid locking when pressed hard and thus, riding the motorcycle is safer on all sort of surfaces. The tires on Ninja 300 are decently sticky for a machine weighing 179 kg.
7) Impressive Price
Kawasaki Ninja 300 is priced at INR 2.98 lakh (ex-showroom), making it the most affordable fully-faired twin-cylinder motorcycle in India. The price can get you any of the two available shades for the bike. The rivals are priced quite high in comparison to the Ninja. The closest rivals are Yamaha R3 and Benelli 302R priced at INR 3.49 lakh and INR 3.70 lakh respectively.
Cons of Ninja 300
1) Low Mileage Figures
You cannot expect much from the Kawasaki Ninja 300 when it comes to mileage. In city conditions, it may return you a mileage of around 15-20 kmpl in city conditions and on highways it can be around 20-25 kmpl.
2) Less Comfortable for the Pillion
Another point where Ninja 300 lacks behind is the comfort for the pillion. There are no rear grab bars for the pillion. This would mean a tiring and uncomfortable journey for the pillion, especially during long rides.
3) Limited Number of Dealerships
Kawasaki is struggling to bring huge numbers as they have a smaller dealership network in comparison to many performance brands. The breakup of Bajaj-Kawasaki deal left the brand with a handful of showrooms across India.
4) Basic Console
The console on Ninja 300 is quite basic in comparison to bikes like KTM 390 Duke and TVS Apache RR 310. The consoles available across the Ninja series varies a lot but most of them are shared with other twin-cylinder bikes from the Z series.