Motorcycle Mojo‘s Costa Mouzouris got a chance to ride the new Ninja 300. Here’s a sneak preview.
Kawasaki’s popular Ninja 250 can trace its roots back to 1983, when it was first introduced in Japan.
It has received a few generational upgrades since it entered the Canadian market in 1986, and has proven itself a dependable mount for novice riders.
The smallest Ninja has just received its biggest redesign ever, gaining some displacement in the process and now known as the Ninja 300.
The bike looks larger than the outgoing Ninja 250R, with a wider, more aggressively styled fairing that mimics the bigger Ninja models more faithfully.
The parallel twin has gained 47 cc through a longer stroke and now displaces 296 cc. Fuel injection replaces the former model’s carburetors and other internal engine changes help boost output to 39 horsepower.
The frame has been beefed up using stronger steel tubes and extra gusseting, and suspension settings have been revised. An ABS model has been added for 2013.
“The Ninja 300’s added horsepower and big-bike look should appeal to a broader audience than the older bike… I could easily live with this as an only bike,” says Mouzouris.
Pricing starts at $5,299. You can read Mouzouris’ full impression of the new Ninja 300 in the December issue of Motorcycle Mojo.