Lightweight and Powerful 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300

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Small engined motorbikes are so popular right now, they are ‘in vogue’; there are a number of reasons, least of all is the price, but we also have to think about gas mileage, running costs and such like.

Kawasaki are capitalizing on this with the Ninja 300; enough power to get you out of trouble and still cheap to run and capable of doing some distance without making you feel cramped and uncomfortable.

The big K first introduced the Ninja 300 (or EX300) back in 2012 as a 2013 model and it has gone from strength to strength ever since.

The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 is available right now to purchase from your local dealership.

There are two models available, both exactly the same aside from ABS; the non-ABS model retails for $4,999 and the ABS version is just $200 more – $5,299. At that sort of price, you’d have to choose the ABS model – a further 200 bucks for ABS must be a bargain!

New Features

The 2017 Ninja 300 is available in just two colors, but they look stunning; Pearl Blizzard White and Candy Plasma Blue. Our choice would be the blue.

The little 296cc fuel injected parallel twin engine makes 45 PS (that’s 44.3 BHP in real money), certainly enough for highway speeds, and will return up to 66 MPG on a good run. It has also been fitted with a new type of clutch, or certainly an updated clutch; an F.C.C. clutch fitted with assist and slipper functions for a lighter feel at the lever and smoother downshifts, although anything with just over 40 BHP isn’t going to need a clutch that can handle big power, so will always feel relatively light. The redline starts at 13,000 RPM, and you do need to buzz it to make the most of the power available.

Styling Improvements

The overall styling of the little Kwack has also had a bit of upgrading, including LED lights, but Kawasaki have made the Ninja 300 look a little more aggressive and sportier, which it needs when you compare it to the competition – the Yamaha R3 being a great example.

17” 10-spoke wheels are fitted both front and rear, giving light steering and easy manoeuvring while still giving a feel of stability and control – it doesn’t feel skittish at the front, giving the EX300 the feel of something bigger.

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