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2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 First Ride Photo Gallery

See photos of the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 in the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 First Ride photo gallery.

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Riding position on the Ninja 300 is more or less the same as the 250, though we felt slightly more pressure on the wrists.
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Ripping up the curvy pavement near Healdsburg, California, the extra torque is immediately apparent on the Ninja 300.
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The new bike retains the 250’s high-revving character and still prefers to be revved up to 10K and above.
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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.
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The new EFI makes use of dual throttle valves and delivers a definite improvement in throttle response, as well as better fuel efficiency.
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The six-speed transmission features a slipper clutch, one of the headlining components of the new bike.
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The curvy rolling terrain of Skaggs Springs Road outside of Healdsburg, California, played host to the Ninja 300 press intro ride.
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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
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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.
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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.
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The Ninja 300 sports new 10-spoke wheels as well, the design mimicking the ZX-14 hoops.
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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)
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The 300 retails for $4799 in stock trim, available in new white colorway, along with black.
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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.
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The SE version of the Ninja 300 is the two tone Kawasaki green and black livery.
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The ABS version of the Ninja 300 will only be available on the SE model.
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The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 MPG Challenge. 89 mpg aint too shabby!
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ABS is offered as a $500 option on the SE version of the Kawasaki Ninja 300.
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The Ninja 300 really grows up behind the controls, with its modern instrument console a definite improvement from its predecessor.