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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

The J300 is an excellent entry into the competitive scooter market and shows the firm is really serious about the market. It's sits perfectly between lighter 125cc scooters and much larger and heavier maxi scoots, combining a good spread of power with good, easy handling.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Despite 'only' making 27bhp the 299cc single-cylinder engine in the J300 has plenty of go. It's easy to overtake uphill at 70mph and it'll happily sit at 80mph without any trouble. There's enough punch from the engine to make light work of dicing between cars and getting away from the lights in town.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

As you'd expect from a scooter the ride is plush without being too soft and at 191kg it's not too heavy to throw around mini roundabouts and between cars. Out on the open road it's surprisingly fun and easy to ride. The saddle is very plush and after a full day of riding was still comfy.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

Equipment is fairly basic, offering the usual scooter practicalities. Under the seat there's enough room for a full face helmet and A4-sized briefcase. The seat is held up by a hydraulic arm, while there's also an internal light activated by a light sensor. It's a nice touch but may struggle in the dark since it relies on light to work. There's a lockable glovebox underneath the left handlebar which is big enough for a wallet and phone and includes a 12V socket.

Kawasaki J300SE-ABS (2014-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,499
Dealer used prices
£3,730 (2014) - £4,020 (2014)
Private used prices
£3,350 (2014) - £3,620 (2014)
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Engine size 299 cc
Power 27 bhp
Top speed mph
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Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 0

The J300 is based heavily on the Kymco Downtown 300, a Taiwanese scooter, but the fact Kawasaki are willing to partner with Kymco and put their name on it suggests they're confident with the quality. The scooter feels well made, but only time will tell how it copes with winter.

Value

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 0

The ABS version will go on sale in limited numbers for £4,499, which represents fairly decent value in the mid-range scooter market. There are cheaper scooters of a similar capacity available, but few of them have ABS. If ABS isn't a deal breaker there's the SE model priced at £4,149 and the standard model priced at £4,049.

Insurance

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Model History

2014: Model introduced

Other Versions

Kawasaki J300, available in Metallic Anthracite Black or Metasatin Silver, priced at £4,049.
Kawasaki J300SE, available in Metallic Anthracite Black/Candy Flat Blazed Green, priced at £4,149.

Specifications

Top speed mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 27 bhp
Max torque 21 ft-lb
Weight 191 kg
Seat height 775 mm
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Average fuel consumption mpg
Tank range miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 299 cc
Engine specification liquid-cooled four-stroke single cylinder
Frame Tubular diamond, steel
Front suspension adjustment 37mm telescopic fork
Rear suspension adjustment Twin rear shock five-way preload adjust
Front brakes Single 260mm petal disc dual-piston
Rear brake Single 240mm petal disc dual-piston
Front tyre size 120/80-14 M/C 58S
Rear tyre size 150/70-13 M/C 64S

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mickphillips

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about petal brakes

 Just to clear up any confusion to what you see in the review specs and any kawasaki website specs:

Only the J300SE ABS model comes with both front and rear petal disk rotors, all other models will have petal front rotor and standard circular rear rotor, for the UK anyways... this info was straight from Kawasaki as i had seen silver and black and se models without the rear petal disk cheers 

 

 

 

25 March 2014 19:23

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