2015 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS SE
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS SE model totes a 296cc parallel-twin engine with Digital Fuel Injection and ABS brakes. It utilizes the Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) that allows the rider to stay cooler, and riders of different stature can ride the Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS SE as the seat can accommodates most. It rides on new Dunlop TT900 GP tires, has been given updated colors and graphics for 2015, and is able to run on regular gasoline.
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|Model||Ninja 300 ABS SE|
|Engine Type||Four-stroke, DOHC, parallel twin|
|Bore Stroke||62 mm x 49 mm|
|Fuel System||DFI with dual 32 mm throttle bodies|
|Ignition||TCBI with digital advance|
|Transmission||Six-speed with positive neutral finder|
|Final Drive||O-ring chain|
|Rake Trail||27.0° / 3.7 in.|
|Seat Height||30.9 in.|
|Front Suspension||37 mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.|
|Rear Suspension||Uni-Trak with five-way adjustable preload / 5.2 in.|
|Front Brake||Single 290 mm petal-type disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper|
|Rear Brake||Single 220 mm petal-type disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper|
|Fuel Capacity||4.5 gal.|
|Dry Weight||379.3 lbs. (Wet)|
Contributing editor Courtney Olive takes his Kawasaki Ninja 300 Project bike on the road for a five-day, 1850 mile ride through Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
MotoUSA contributing editor Courtney Olive sets to upgrading a Kawasaki Ninja 300, addressing braking, tires and gearing in this first project installment.