Kawasaki and Bajaj are all set to launch their exciting Ninja 300 sportsbike in a few days from now, on April 10, 2013. The latest Ninja for India will replace the outgoing 250cc model and also shows off revised styling. The 300 now comes with ZX-10R inspired dual headlamps, a floating visor, revised instruments, larger fairing vents and a radiator fan cowl to dissipate heat effectively and away from its rider.
The Ninja 300 houses a four-stroke, parallel-twin and liquid-cooled, 296cc engine. Fuel injection is standard, with new throttle valves working to improve mid range grunt, and engine response. The latest Ninja outputs 39bhp at 11,000rpm, with a peak torque figure of 2.8kgm made available at 10,000rpm. And that’s not all; Kawasaki has spent much time perfecting the 300 engine, including flatter piston crowns than seen on the earlier bike, sleeveless die-cast cylinders and a cylinder that accommodates 7.8mm longer stroke. Both intake ports are wider, and seat larger diameter valves. Power is directed to the rear tyre via a 6-speed gearbox, with aggressive downshifting now supported by a slipper clutch system, usually only found on larger capacity motorcycles.
A rigid, diamond type, steel frame holds the new Ninja 300 together, along with a pair of 37mm telescopic front forks and a linked monoshock at the rear. Braking is via Nissin discs front (290mm) and rear (220mm).
Kawasaki and Bajaj are yet to disclose pricing for the Ninja 300, but expect this to be close to the current Ninja 250R, with no more than a small premium, the new bike shall easily justify thanks to its extensive improvements.