2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 revealed

First look at Kawasaki's new small-capacity sports bike

KAWASAKI'S entry-level Ninja is getting a boost as it becomes a Ninja 300 for 2013.

The Ninja 300 has a larger-displacement 296cc fuel-injected parallel twin engine with dual throttle valves. In terms of power the 300 will gain 7bhp with an output of 39bhp. As manufacturers are seemingly reinventing a class that was previously owned by 250cc two-strokes, despite being a four-stroke the Ninja 300 is getting close to their power figures as the old RG250 Gamma only did about 45bhp.

The new bike also features "advanced racing-derived technology" in the form of a slipper clutch and a back-torque limiter. A slipper clutch on a 300? How trick.

The 300 takes its styling cues from the Ninja family with the windscreen from the ZX-10R, dual headlights like the ZX-6R, and fairing and wheels reminiscent of the ZZR1400. The Ninja 300 will also be avaiable with ABS.

Key features from Kawasaki:

Uncontested performance!

  • Fuel-injected parallel twin engine with dual throttle valves
  • Increased displacement (296 cc) for power and torque exceeding the class 
  • Superior acceleration and top speed

Circuit-bred chassis performance

  • High level of chassis stability from new frame
  • Wider 140 mm rear tyre

High-quality ride feel

  • Excellent chassis stability
  • Low vibration
  • Excellent heat management.

Reduced heat

  • Changes for improved heat management mean less heat reaches the rider:
  • Large openings in fairing
  • Radiator fan cover

Available with latest-spec compact ABS unit

  • Specifications on par with units used on our top-of-the-line supersport models

Advanced racing-derived technology

  • F.C.C. Assist & Slipper Clutch offers light clutch actuation, sporty feel
  • Race-style back-torque limiting function

Brilliant styling, directly related to larger Ninja and ZZR models

  • Ninja ZX-10R-style “floating windscreen”
  • Dual headlights (like Ninja ZX-6R)
  • ZZR1400-style fairing and wheel design
  • Sporty aluminium foot-pegs and complex silencer shape (like big Ninja models)

Modern instrumentation

  • Analogue-style tachometer
  • Multi-function LCD features include fuel gauge, dual trip meters, clock, Economical Riding Indicator