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    Thumbs up All about the new Ninja 300

    2013 Kawasaki Ninja
    Since its inception on the motorcycle market in 1983, the Kawasaki Ninja 250 has dominated the entry-level sportbike category.
    The bike remained relatively unchanged until a major revision in 2008, which added modern sportbike styling and the additional "R" added to the name across all world-wide markets.
    But as more and more competition arrived from other manufacturers, such as Honda and its CBR 250 R, Kawasaki decided it was time for a complete overhaul of its Ninja 250.
    The outcome? The 2013 Ninja 300, the big arriving as Kawasaki celebrates the 30th anniversary of the quarter-liter sportbike.
    This new motorcycle features all of the entry-level specifics of the Ninja 250 R - lightweight, agility, optimal fuel mileage - but with bigger displacement (296cc vs. 249cc), digital fuel injection, a new F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions, and an option for ABS.
    The all-new 296cc liquid-cooled, parallel twin is tuned for smooth power delivery, and enhanced with the new digital fuel injection (DFI) system that "provides improved cold starting, crisper throttle response and better fuel economy than last year's bike."
    Kawasaki says: "This new engine has nearly 50-percent of its parts upgraded from the previous model. In addition to its new long-stroke 296cc displacement, other engine upgrades include: new intake ports that taper from 1mm wider at the throttle body to .5mm wider at the valve seat, new 23.6mm intake valves that are 1mm larger than last year, a new cam chain that offers reduced friction, a revised 10.6:1 compression ratio that allows the use of regular gasoline and lowers operating temperatures, and new lighter pistons that feature a hard anodized coating for reduced friction and increased performance at all rpms.
    "The underside of the pistons was also revised to more efficiently route cooling oil across their surface. Further highlighting changes for this model, it features new, lighter piston pins to further reduce reciprocating weight and help preserve a high redline, new shorter connecting rods to offset new longer crank throws, and new sleeveless 'open-deck' die-cast aluminum cylinders that are 800 grams lighter and feature a friction-reducing 'T-treatment' plating.
    "Additional improvements include new thicker crankshaft balancer webs to offset the new longer crank throws, new crank journal bearings made from a stronger alloy for increased durability, new crank cases that feature improved oil passages, a new large-volume 2.4 liter oil pan with cooling fins and more ground clearance than the previous model. Topping-off the changes, a new easy-to-access cartridge type spin-on oil filter helps simplify maintenance."
    With the new engine arrives a revised, six-speed transmission with thicker gears for the added torque. Also new is the F.C.C. clutch, which features assist and slipper functions.
    Kawasaki says:" This new clutch reduces lever effort by up to 25%, while increasing the clutch's ability to handle the extra torque generated by the 300's more powerful engine. The new clutch's slipper design also helps reduce rear wheel-hop that can be caused by aggressive downshifting."
    The 2013 Ninja 300 arrives with a revised frame that uses high-tensile steel main tubes, which Kawasaki claims provides 150 percent more rigidity than last year's 250R model. Though rigidity is better for handling, Kawasaki made sure the smoothness remains by designing new rubber front engine mounts.
    As for suspension, the 300 features a 37mm telescopic front fork up front, with Uni-Trak rear suspension linkage out back with a rear shock that has a five-way adjustable preload to manage rider height based on load (passenger or no passenger). The chassis rolls on 17-inch, 10-spoke wheels (140/70 tire out back, 110/70 tire up front).
    Stopping the Ninja 300 is a single 290mm petal-type disc squeezed by a two-piston hydraulic caliper up front, and a 220mm petal-type disc squeezed by a two-piston hydraulic caliper out back. Optional is the Nissin ABS system, which uses the "smallest ABS unit of any production motorcycle in the world." The ABS is only offered in Lime Green / Ebony with Special Edition Graphics.
    The Ninja 300 also features more aggressive bodywork for better heat management and aerodynamics, and a new "floating windscreen design" that minimizes buffeting. Also new is an easy-to-read instrument panelt with analog tachometer and digital multifunction display with speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, and digital clock functions. The instrument panel also incorporates an economical riding indicator (ECO) that "illuminates to alert riders when they are operating the Ninja 300 in a manner that will maximize fuel economy. "

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    Following are the highlights, specs, for the 2013 Ninja 300.
    2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Highlights:
    Key Features:

    • 296cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin design offers far superior highway passing power and clearly dominant acceleration compared to other lightweight sportbikes
    • New ABS brakes fitted for the first time on a lightweight Ninja sportbike
    • New Digital Fuel Injection (DFI) system uses dual 32mm throttle bodies and provides both improved fuel economy and cleaner emissions compared to last year's 250
    • New F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions provides more power handling capability with significantly less effort. Design also makes clutch easier to modulate and helps reduce the effect of back-torque to reduce wheel hop when downshifting
    • All-new bodywork features an aggressive and edgy design with strong Ninja family DNA that sets the Ninja 300 apart from its lightweight sportbike competitors
    • New frame uses high-tensile steel main tubes that are 150% more rigid and provide superior feel and agility compared to last year's 250
    • New 10-spoke 17-inch wheels look great and the rear rim has grown ˝" wider, allowing the use of a larger 140-section rear tire for 2013
    • Revised six-speed transmission features a new roller-type shift drum for smoother actuation and stronger gears for maximum durability. It also offers wide selection of ratios to match varied riding conditions and its positive neutral finder makes it much easier to find neutral when stopped
    • Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) uses a special deflector to channel hot air from the back of the radiator, so that it exits the bottom of the motorcycle, instead of being blown onto the rider
    • Low 30.9-inch seat height and tapered seat boosts confidence for smaller riders

    New 296cc Engine:

    • Compact parallel-twin design offers good mass centralization for nimble handling
    • Tuned to deliver smooth, step-free power with excellent mid-range and high-rpm power for effective highway performance
    • New intake ports taper from 1mm wider at the throttle body to .5mm wider at the valve seats
    • New 23.6mm intake valves are 1mm larger than last year
    • New cam chain design reduces friction for increased power and efficiency
    • Revised 10.6:1 compression ratio allows the use of regular 87-octane unleaded gasoline and helps reduce operating temperatures
    • New lighter pistons reduce reciprocating weight and feature a hard anodized coating for reduced friction and increased performance at every rpm
    • Revised piston bottoms efficiently route cooling oil across underside of piston
    • New lighter piston pins reduce reciprocating weight and help preserve a high redline
    • New shorter connecting rods offset new longer crank throws
    • New sleeveless "open-deck" die-cast aluminum cylinders are 800 grams lighter and feature a friction-reducing "T-treatment" plating
    • New thicker crankshaft balancer webs help offset the new longer crank throws
    • New crank journal bearings are made from a stronger alloy for increased durability
    • New crank cases feature improved oil passages
    • New large-volume 2.4 liter oil pan features cooling fins and better ground clearance
    • New easy-to-access cartridge type spin-on oil filter helps simplify maintenance

    New Exhaust System:

    • New curved 2-into-1 header design contributes to the Ninja 300's low- and mid-range torque and smooth, step-free power curve
    • New complex geometry silencer design offers modern styling and meets all regulations without compromising engine performance
    • New large brushed-finish metal silencer guard boosts noise reduction and helps protect passenger from exhaust heat
    • Meets strict Euro 3 emission standards with a single catalyzer in the collector section

    Liquid Cooling with KAMS:

    • Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) uses a special deflector to redirect hot air from the radiator fan, so it exits the bottom of the motorcycle instead of being blown onto the rider
    • Lightweight Denso radiator offers effective engine cooling with minimal space and weight
    • Fan design uses a quiet-running motor that also saves space
    • Fins on the lower side of the crankcase provide additional engine cooling

    Six-speed Transmission with New F.C.C. Assist Clutch:

    • New F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions is able to handle more power and requires significantly less lever effort to operate. Design also makes clutch easier to modulate and helps reduce the effect of back-torque to reduce wheel hop when downshifting
    • Revised six-speed transmission features a new roller-type shift drum for smoother actuation and stronger gears for maximum durability. It also offers wide selection of ratios to match varied riding conditions and its positive neutral finder makes it much easier to find neutral when stopped
    • Involute splines reduce friction and backlash between gears and shafts for easier gear meshing and smooth shifting under power

    Digital Fuel Injection (DFI):

    • Dual 32mm Keihin throttle bodies and a digital ECU offer easy starting, superior throttle response, and help provide low fuel consumption
    • DFI makes the Ninja 300 cleaner and more fuel efficient than last year's 250, even though it now makes significantly more power

    New ABS Disc Brakes with Petal-type Rotors:

    • New ABS brakes feature the world's smallest production motorcycle ABS unit. Made by Nissin, the entire antilock system adds less than 4.5 lbs.
    • Large-diameter, 290mm front petal disc and a balanced action two-piston caliper offer excellent braking performance and a natural, direct feeling at the lever
    • Two-piston caliper grips the rear 220mm petal disc

    New Chassis:

    • New frame uses main pipes made from high-tensile steel tubing that is 150% more rigid than the tubes in the previous Ninja 250R's frame. The added rigidity provides much better chassis response and improved steering precision and feel
    • Frame design and chassis tuning offer confidence-inspiring stability at both high and low speeds
    • Beefy swingarm bracket contributes to the frame's rigidity and helps achieve an optimal balance of chassis stiffness
    • Square-beam swingarm compliments the new frame's rigidity

    Updated Suspension:

    • Revised tuning on the 37mm telescopic front fork compliments the new more rigid frame and wider rear tire
    • Uni-Trak rear suspension linkage helps provide predictable sportbike handling and good ride comfort
    • Rear shock features 5-way adjustable preload to help manage rear ride height whether riding solo or with a passenger

    New Wheels & Tires:

    • New 17-inch 10-spoke wheel design has a more modern appearance
    • New 4" wide rear rim is ˝" wider than the old Ninja 250R's back wheel
    • New rear tire is 10mm wider than the tire on last year's Ninja 250R, for increased stability and improved sportbike handling
    • New IRC RX-01R tires were developed in conjunction with Kawasaki and are a perfect match for the improved dynamics of the 2013 Ninja 300. They also provide better wet weather performance than the Ninja 250R's tires

    New High-Tech Instrumentation:

    • Large easy-to-read analog tachometer
    • Multifunction digital display features an easy-to-read speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, digital clock and warning lights
    • Economical riding indicator (ECO) illuminates to let the rider know when they are operating the Ninja 300 in a manner that will maximize fuel economy

    New Aerodynamic Bodywork:

    • All-new bodywork features an aggressive and edgy design with strong Ninja family DNA that sets the Ninja 300 apart from its lightweight sportbike competitors
    • New floating windscreen design helps reduce turbulence and rider fatigue
    • Aggressive dual-lamp headlight design, minimalist tail section and separate seats further enhance this sportbike's aggressive appearance
    • Two helmet holders conveniently located under the rear seat
    • New two-stage under-seat storage compartment can hold a U-lock or similar device and is hinged for easy access to the tool kit located beneath the storage tray
    • Two hooks under the tail, plus two behind the rear passenger pegs provide anchor points for securing items to the rear of the bike

    Ergonomics:

    • New rider's seat design is narrower near its front section, making it easier for riders to reach the ground
    • New passenger seat features a flatter design which makes it easier to secure cargo or soft luggage
    • Slightly forward-slanting seat and wide, slightly raised handlebars give the Ninja 300 a naturally comfortable riding position

    New Genuine Kawasaki Accessories:

    • All accessories designed and engineered by Kawasaki
    • New Color Matched Seat Cowl is factory designed with integrated styling cues and molded pad perfectly color matched to your Ninja 300
    • New Tank Bag and Soft Top Case custom designed tank bag made exclusively for the Ninja 300. Can be installed or removed quickly, multiple storage areas for your gear expandable for carrying larger items
    • New "Tall" Windscreen factory designed for easy installation 3" taller bubble design adds wind protection. Features an optically correct 3-D curvature
    • New Fuel Tank Pad features matching graphics and helps protect the paint on the fuel tank. A touch of personalization to enhance its sportbike styling
    • New Engine Guards factory designed for easy installation helps reduce the possibility of bodywork damage in case of tip over

    2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Specs:

    • Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin
    • Displacement: 296cc
    • Bore x stroke: 62.0 x 49.0mm
    • Compression ratio: 10.6:1
    • Cooling: Liquid
    • Fuel injection: DFI with dual 32mm throttle bodies
    • Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
    • Transmission: Six-speed
    • Final drive: Chain
    • Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
    • Wheelbase: 55.3 in.
    • Rake / trail: 27 degrees / 3.7 in.
    • Front suspension / wheel travel: 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.
    • Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak® with 5-way adjustable preload / 5.2 in.
    • Front tire: 110/70-17
    • Rear tire: 140/70-17
    • Front brake: Single 290mm petal-type disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper and ABS
    • Rear brake: Single 220mm petal-type disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper and ABS
    • Overall length: 79.3 in.
    • Overall width: 28.1 in.
    • Overall height: 43.7 in.
    • Seat height: 30.9 in.
    • Curb weight: 383.7 lbs.
    • Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.

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    @Shibadip

    A very nice detailed to the very basics review... but man where are the power figures??? Let us know this....
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    Quote Originally Posted by knight_rider View Post
    @Shibadip

    A very nice detailed to the very basics review... but man where are the power figures??? Let us know this....
    Just posting info. from the data collected for personal records -

    Height - 1110
    Width - 715
    Length - 2015
    Wheelbase - 1405
    Gears - 6
    Bhp - 39 @ 11000
    Torque - 29 @ 10000
    Weight - 174

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    39 BHP is good enough, though i thought it will be 40+.

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    Ok, I think this is the first proper video review. Atleast the highlights and some great camera angles!

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    ***UPDATE***

    Not sure if someone has already updated this here. The Ninja 300 is being launched @ Times Square New York last Thursday.

    Details and pics are available on the following link:

    Kawasaki's Ninja Times Square Takeover Goes Big | Rider Magazine

    Wish this bike comes to India soon. Fingers Crossed

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    nice video review there, i am so in love with this machine...

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    Kawasaki, is very keen, bringing back it's old foothold of smaller CC bikes and it's good to see some refreshed specs on the Neenja 300. Just, the perimeter frame is missing, rather than the good old diamond frame, but I guess that should do justice for this babe.

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