Kawasaki Ninja 300R Review


The much anticipated 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300R comes with an all new 296cc parallel twin designed to outperform motorcycles such as the 2013 Honda CBR250R, or the older Ninja 250R it replaces. The new ergonomics, sporty look, and multi-functional LCD are extra perks for the veteran urban commuter or beginner motorcyclist alike.

The engine parts and basic configuration are almost the same as the Ninja 300R’s predecessor the Kawasaki Ninja 250, but the upgrades are unmistakable. The extra 47 cubic centimeters deliver more than a 40% increase in peak horsepower. Kawasaki also threw away the 250cc’s carburetors and replaced them with electronic fuel injection and dual 32mm throttle bodies along with a new crankshaft and some modifications to its counterbalance.

The Kawasaki Ninja 300R’s seat height is half of an inch taller than the 250R‘s with a seat height of 30.9 inches. It might be slightly taller, but the seat has been shaped to increase the rider’s pavement reach.

The power improvement of the 2013 Ninja 300 from its predecessor will be obvious the instant you get into first gear and pull away from a stand-still. You’ll notice its quick acceleration and muscular engine response. The former 250cc’s bumpy throttle response and impotent feeling power delivery below 2,000 RPM is gone as well in the more virile larger fuel-injected motor.

The Ninja 300’s front brake performance has a surprisingly weaker bite and feel than the CBR250. It might need a bit of a bleed but its stock braking is less than convincing. Those who plan on owning the bike for the long term may be interested in upgrading to stainless steel break lines.


It was also determined by a community of Ninja 300 Riders that after a certain time on the bike (more than 1,000 miles / 1,600 km) a small gap forms between the fairings and the bike which still goes unresolved as of this writing. Although leveling was made to its steep angle for greater comfort, there has been a lot of discussion about its “flimsy feeling” but you’ll get used to it after a few hours of riding. Some riders may even prefer this quirk in a small bike.

Although considered as an entry-level Sport bike, the Kawasaki Ninja 300R offers much more than its predecessor. It turns the heads of experienced riders. Beginner motorcyclists will enjoy an engine with extra oompf that they won’t soon grow out of, along with aggressive styling and easy gear shifting.


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