Days ago, Kawasaki pulled a fast one over its new rival in India, BMW Motorrad, by slashing prices of the Ninja 300 sportsbike. A higher amount of localisation is said to have allowed Kawasaki India to cut Ninja 300 prices by nearly Rs. 62,000. The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 300 is now priced at Rs. 2.98 lakhs, which is about Rs. 1,000 cheaper than the recently launched BMW G 310R. A Kawasaki India dealer has rubbed it in by releasing a cheeky advertisement that asks buyers this – ‘Why buy a single when you can buy a refined twin at the same price‘. The ad obviously takes a potshot at the BMW G 310R without actually naming the motorcycle.
Interestingly, the ad also talks about refinement, an area the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is highly regarded in. The BMW G 310R in contrast, is known to get vibey at speeds of over 100 Kph. This difference is quite apparent as the Ninja 300 is a parallel twin while the G 310R is a 311-cc single. Meanwhile, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 does offer good value now considering the fact that it also gets dual channel ABS as standard, a key feature that was missing for many years. Competition seems to have spurred Kawasaki into acting, and we hope that the Versys X300 also gets a similar price drop. The X300 goes up against the BMW GS 310R, which is priced much lower.
Meanwhile, coming to the actual specifications of both the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the BMW G 310R, the Ninja gets a 300-cc parallel twin engine with a peak power output of 38 Bhp at 11,000 rpm and a peak torque output of 27 Nm at 10,000 rpm. The BMW G 310R gets only 34 Bhp-28 Nm. The engines of both bikes are liquid cooled and fuel injected, while 6-speed manual gearboxes are standard. The BMW G 310R gets better suspension of the duo – with upside-down front forks and a monoshock rear. While the Kawasaki offers a monoshock rear, the front end gets only telescopic forks. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is fully faired while the BMW G 310R is a naked.