Kawasaki took the wraps off its new entry-level sportbike, the Ninja 300. This new motorcycle replaces the aging Ninja 250R and is designed for motorcyclists seeking fun and easy-to-ride transportation, at an affordable price ($4799).
As the nomenclature states the new machine is powered by a 296cc liquid-cooled Parallel Twin engine similar in design to the Ninja 250R, only with a longer stroke which equates to better acceleration. The engine is now fuel-injected and can run on regular 87 octane pump fuel. Fuel capacity is 4.5 gallons which gives the Ninja 300 a range in excess of 200 miles.
The chassis is also based off the 250R but features a stronger frame engineered for use with the more powerful engine. The rear wheel is wider and fitted with a larger 140/70-17 tire. Each wheel is has a single hydraulic disc brake with ABS avaliable on the up-spec LE model (MSRP $5299). The 300 also wears all-new bodywork, 10-spoke wheels and a digital instrument display.