Kawasaki recently re-launched the Ninja 300 sportsbike in India and stunned everyone with the sharp price tag of Rs. 2.98 lakhs. The Japanese motorcycle maker claimed that the reduced price tag was because of higher localization. Now though, this price tag may not last for long as India Kawasaki Motor has clarified that it’s an introductory offer meant for a specific number of motorcycles for a limited period. However, Kawasaki has not revealed details about how many Ninja 300s will be sold at the ‘introductory’ price and for how long this pricing will hold. Also, the 3 year unlimited kms warranty is only for the first few buyers. So, if you’re in the market for the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 300, you had better hurry.
The motorcycle gets MRF tyres and Bybre brakes as the key localized parts. The rest of the motorcycle is more or less the same and a very important addition is the dual channel ABS, which is mandatory on all-new motorcycles in India with engines displacing over 125cc. The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 300 is powered by a 300cc, parallel twin engine.
The engine produces 38 Bhp of peak power and 27 Nm of peak torque. It’s a very high revving motor, what with peak power coming in at 11,000 rpm and peak torque at 10,000 rpm. A 6 speed manual gearbox is standard, and so is fuel injection, twin overhead camshafts, four valve heads and liquid cooling.
The addition of the dual channel ABS has made the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 300 slightly heavier, with the motorcycle now tipping scales at 179 kilograms, which is about 7 kilograms heavier than the older version. The fully faired sportsbike gets clip-on handlebars and an aggressive riding position.
A 17-litre fuel tank is standard, and so are telescopic front forks and monoshock rear suspension. The motorcycle takes on the likes of the recently launched BMW G 310R, the KTM RC 390 and the Yamaha R3. It’s cheaper than the Yamaha R3 by over Rs.40,000, giving it compelling value.