2015 Kawasaki Ninja 300
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 handles easier with the FCC clutch with Assist and Slipper functions without the ‘hop’ issues when downshifting. Heat is deflected off of the rider with the Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS), keeping them cooler. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 has a six speed transmission and Digital Fuel Injection system attributing to the sublime fuel economy and throttle response.
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|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 charts the second phase of his Kawasaki Ninja 300 Project, with engine and exhaust upgrades aimed at a little more power.