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2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 First Ride Photo Gallery
Kawasaki looks to squash its rivals in the entry-level sportbike segment with the release of its Ninja 300.
See photos of the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 in the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 First Ride photo gallery.
Riding position on the Ninja 300 is more or less the same as the 250, though we felt slightly more pressure on the wrists.
Ripping up the curvy pavement near Healdsburg, California, the extra torque is immediately apparent on the Ninja 300.
The new bike retains the 250’s high-revving character and still prefers to be revved up to 10K and above.
The Ninja 300’s Twin proves more robust by any performance measure. Even the bottom end is less anemic, though not a highlight by any means.
The new EFI makes use of dual throttle valves and delivers a definite improvement in throttle response, as well as better fuel efficiency.
The six-speed transmission features a slipper clutch, one of the headlining components of the new bike.
The curvy rolling terrain of Skaggs Springs Road outside of Healdsburg, California, played host to the Ninja 300 press intro ride.
Riding gear for the Ninja 300 Intro: HJC RPHA-MAX Modular Helmet, Roland Sands Design Ronin Leather Jacket, Roland Sands Design Diesel Gloves, Icon Strongarm 2 Pants, TCX X-Action Waterproof Boots
While the effect of the broader 140 rear tire isn’t dramatic, the tires – a joint development with Kawasaki and IRC – feel planted and encourage a sportier ride.
Kawasaki has done an admirable job updating the Ninja with a modern look. Where the previous 250 did a decent job mimicking its bigger kin, notably eschewing 250 monikers, the 300 goes one better in its styling.
The Ninja 300 sports new 10-spoke wheels as well, the design mimicking the ZX-14 hoops.
The Ninja 300's rear shock firms up damping, and a shorter spring allows for an extra step of preload adjustment (now set on second step from factory)
The 300 retails for $4799 in stock trim, available in new white colorway, along with black.
Kawasaki claims the 300’s rider triangle is more or less the same as the previous model. The little Ninja remains a bike for smaller riders, and we were a skosh cramped at 6’1” though far from uncomfortable.
The SE version of the Ninja 300 is the two tone Kawasaki green and black livery.
The ABS version of the Ninja 300 will only be available on the SE model.
The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 MPG Challenge. 89 mpg aint too shabby!
ABS is offered as a $500 option on the SE version of the Kawasaki Ninja 300.
The Ninja 300 really grows up behind the controls, with its modern instrument console a definite improvement from its predecessor.
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