KAWASAKI J300 (2014-on) Review

Published: 22 January 2014

"Kawasaki's first scooter is a decent performer (for a rebadged/styled Kymco Downtown)"

KAWASAKI J300  (2014-on)

"Kawasaki's first scooter is a decent performer (for a rebadged/styled Kymco Downtown)"

  • At a glance
  • 299cc  -  27 bhp
  • 59 mpg  -  170 miles range
  • Medium seat height (775mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • £4,499

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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.

Engine 4 out of 5

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.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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 & Running Costs 3 out of 5

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.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £4,499
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 27 bhp
Max torque 21 ft-lb
Top speed 90 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 59 mpg
Tank range 170 miles
Specification
Engine size 299cc
Engine type liquid-cooled four-stroke single cylinder
Frame type Tubular diamond, steel
Fuel capacity 13 litres
Seat height 775mm
Bike weight 191kg
Front suspension 37mm telescopic fork
Rear suspension Twin rear shock five-way preload adjust
Front brake 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

History & Versions

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.

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