Kawasaki’s Ninja 250R rode into the country in 2009, grabbing attention at Bajaj’s existing Probiking showrooms. The 250R has just been replaced by the Ninja 300, a new motorcycle to build which the Japanese marquee has pulled out all stops.
The Ninja 300 comes with refreshed styling, a larger capacity engine and better chassis. The Ninja 300 harks of its elder sibling, the ZX-10R when viewed head on, thanks to a set of similar dual headlamps and floating visor. There’s a smashing looking, easily viewed analogue tachometer, with digital display reading out speed, the odometer, dual trip meters, fuel indicator, clock and economy riding indicator.
The contemporary Ninja 300 has revised 17 inch 10-spoke alloy wheels and flush fitted front indicators. The 300’s tank is neatly sculpted, leading back into split seats and a sharply styled tail. The 300’s palm grips, control levers, mirrors and switchgear exude quality, and Kawasaki has provided a pass-light switch as earlier missed. The 300 deploys reworked fairing vents and a radiator fan cowl to push heat away from riders. Other improvements include a chain guard to protect the monoshock from grime. Underseat storage incorporates a set of compartments now, one for tools and another for documents. Overall fit-finish, attention to detail and build quality are top-notch, just as expected from the new Kawasaki.
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Issue: 183 | AUTOCAR INDIA – NOVEMBER 2014
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