Kawasaki India has announced a massive price cut on the entry-level bike Ninja 300 on the Indian market. The bike is now available with a discount of Rs. 41,000 on the ex-showroom price, which effectively puts a price tag of Rs. 3.3 lakh on the Ninja 300. The Yamaha R3 is priced at Rs. 3.48 lakhs. Only a week back, Kawasaki India announced that there will be a big price drop on the Ninja 300 as the company is planning to use more localised parts on the bike. The bike is assembled in India after getting imported as a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) kit.
The discounted price could be a move to promote the Ninja 300 even more on the Indian market before the massive price drop happens. The fully-faired motorcycle will be priced closer to the KTM RC 390 on the Indian market after the price drop. Currently, the KTM RC 390 is priced at Rs. 2.25 lakhs and the new price of the Ninja 300 makes it only Rs 1 lakh more expensive than the KTM’s fully faired bike. The RC 390 gets powered by a single-cylinder engine but the Ninja 300 gets a parallel-twin engine, which is much smoother at higher rpms.
The Ninja 300 is powered by a 296cc, parallel-twin cylinder engine that produces a maximum power of 39 Bhp Bhp and 27 Nm of peak torque. The liquid-cooled, fuel injected engine is mated to a 6-speed transmission. The bike also gets a slipper clutch as standard. The Ninja 300 has a mixed riding position and it can be a perfect track-bike as well as one for daily riding.
The bike gets a regular telescopic front fork and a mono-shock at the rear. It gets disc brakes on both the wheels and comes with standard dual-channel ABS. The new price tag of the bike makes it cheaper than the Yamaha YZF-R3, which competes directly with the Ninja 300. The YZF R3 is more popular on the market due to its affordable price tag and the new price of the Ninja is expected to attract more buyers to the bike.
Kawasaki’s more localised version of the Ninja 300 is expected to be launched by the festive season. The localised version will further reduce the price by at least Rs. 50,000 and will give an advantage to the Ninja 300 over the Yamaha YZF R3 on the Indian market.