Kawasaki has finally entered the scooter market with the release of its J300. A European model teased in October, the 2014 J300 scooter made its official debut at the EICMA show in Milan
“Kawasaki is keen to offer a broad approach to consumers transport needs,” said Managing Director of Kawasaki Motors Europe, Yasushi Kawakami, on the new design. “As our first scooter in the European marketplace, the J300 is at the vanguard of our wider thinking in terms of personal transport needs. Kawasaki dealers across Europe can now offer a full line of powered two-wheelers confident that there will be yet more exciting innovations to come in the near future.”
A liquid-cooled Single powers the J300, with its 72.7mm bore and 72mm stroke equating to a 299cc displacement. The fuel-injected SOHC engine claims 27.2 horsepower and 21.2 lb-ft of torque. A CVT with centrifugal clutch and belt final drive transfers power to the rear wheel.
A tubular steel frame chassis is suspended by a 37mm fork and five-way, preload adjustable twin shocks. It will roll on a 14-inch front and 13-inch rear, sized 120/80 and 150/70 respectively. Braking duties are handled by dual disc system – a single 260mm front disc and single 240mm rear pinched dual-piston calipers. A Bosch ABS will also be available as an option. The J300 claims a curb weight of 421 pounds and a 3.4 gallon fuel load.
Team Green is keen to note the styling on its new scoot, as it’s the only thing making it an authentic Kawasaki. Otherwise the J300 is actually a dressed up version of KYMCO’s Downtown 300i
. Kawasaki hails the J300’s lines as inspired by its Ninja supersport lineup – namely the angular cowling and headlamps, integrated turn signals and front fender. The J300 windscreen also carries a Ninja-like aspect, compared with the curved Burgman-esque top of its KYMCO clone. The Kawasaki penned lines also extend to the back of the bike, with the sharper, upswept rear a definite contrast to the curvier Downtown.
Kawasaki revealed its partnership with the Taiwan-based KYMCO when it first announced the J300 was forthcoming back in October. Kawasaki explained then of the scooter project: “With the core drive train and additional chassis elements provided by strategic vehicle partner, KYMCO, the development, styling and final product engineering approach has been conducted exclusively by the design and engineering team at Kawasaki’s factory in Akashi, Japan and Kawasaki’s European R&D Department.”
The J300 will be available to European dealers in late 2013.