The Kawasaki Ninja 300 has been launched at a price of 3.5 Lakhs for the non-ABS model. The Ninja 300 makes 39bhp peak power and a maximum torque of 27Nm at 10000rpm. Compared to the 250R, which boasted 33bhp and 22Nm at 8200 rpm, the 300 should definitely be a more exciting machine to ride.
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Rajiv Bajaj has mentioned that the 500 units of the Ninja 300 are available already and the waiting periods shouldn’t be as torturous as it was with the Ninja 250R. At the press event he also touted the 30 years parternship with Kawasaki as being one of the longest ever in India.
We’ve been screaming/praying for ABS, but Mr. Bajaj has clearly stated that there are no plans for the ABS version in the near future. He said that the ABS has to be compatible with the road conditions in India, which we infer, it isn’t. It might be owing to the fact that the Ninja 300 does not have switchable ABS, meaning the ABS is always on, which on tarmac is a good thing, but off tarmac, not so much.
So what are you paying the premium over the 250R for? Well, for starters there is the increased engine displacement and performance. The 300 also gets a new ‘Assist & Slipper’ clutch that prevents wheel hop and loss of traction if you decide to downshift like a madman and also reduces effort required to operate the clutch.
The Ninja 300 uses dual ECU-controlled throttle valves in the intake manifold help precisely regulate intake airflow for natural, linear response, improved combustion efficiency and increased power.