KAWASAKI NINJA 300 (2012-on) Review

Published: 09 January 2014

"A practical, economical entry-level bike which is easy to ride and desirable"

KAWASAKI NINJA 300  (2012-on)

"A practical, economical entry-level bike which is easy to ride and desirable"

  • At a glance
  • 296cc  -  39 bhp
  • 75 mpg  -  280 miles range
  • Medium seat height (785mm)
  • Suitable for A2 licence
  • New: £4,799
    Used: £3,200 to £5,400 See all KAWASAKI NINJA 300s for sale

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Kawasaki has hit the nail on the head with this bike. Finally the market has a practical, economical entry-level bike which is easy to ride and desirable. The firm says 40% of buyers will be under 24 years old, going on sales of the 250, and it’s this kind of grassroots support motorcycling needs. Kawasaki also says 22% of 250 buyers were female and while the seat is no lower on the 300, it is much narrower near the tank, which means it is easier to reach the floor for shorter or less confident riders.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

On the right road the 300 is fun to ride, and on some decent rubber it would be a laugh on track. There’s a slipper clutch for sideways fun for experienced riders and it will even wheelie if you’re brutal enough. The brakes have plenty of feel and ABS is an optional extra. It’s not destined for legendary status like the old KR1S, but still fun in the right situation. The shock’s preload is 5-way adjustable, however revised damping when compared to the Ninja 250 means the non-adjustable forks respond well.

Engine 4 out of 5

The parallel twin four-stroke engine might not have the thrill of a two-stroke, but it will happily cruise at 80mph into a headwind uphill. It’s not vibrating to death at motorway speeds like the Ninja 250 either. On the motorway 74mpg cruising was a breeze, and even at an indicated 93mph the rev counter hovered around 10,000rpm, 3,000rpm short of the redline, and not sounding too painful. Kawasaki has tried to reduce the vibration felt by the rider by rubber mounting the engine, and it’s worked. Fuel economy should be around 75mpg, meaning the Ninja’s 17-litre tank should be good for a 280-mile range.

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

There are no reported faults with the Ninja 300 and the finish seems generally sound

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

A special edition Ninja 300 costs an extra £150 for red wheel tape, a tank pad and WSB-style graphics.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The Ninja comes with a digital speedo, analogue rev counter, clock, fuel gauge and a slipper clutch as standard. ABS is an optional extra.

Owners' Reviews

1 owner has reviewed their KAWASAKI NINJA 300 (2012-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your KAWASAKI NINJA 300 (2012-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
4 out of 5

top speed

07 June 2014 by stevieboy94

Top speed is a lot higher than 93 test rode one feels smooth in the gear changes acceleration is pritty much instant, if the 250r can do 110 I'm sure the 300 can do a little bit more Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2012
Year discontinued -
New price £4,799
Used price £3,200 to £5,400
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £38
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 39 bhp
Max torque 20 ft-lb
Top speed 93 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 75 mpg
Tank range 280 miles
Specification
Engine size 296cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 785mm
Bike weight 172kg
Front suspension 37mm conventional forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Five-way adjustable pre-load shock
Front brake 1x290mm petal disc. dual-piston caliper
Rear brake 1x220mm petal disc, two-piston caliper
Front tyre size 110/70 ZR17
Rear tyre size 140/70 ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2012: Model introduced

Other versions

Ninja 300 ABS - £5,199
Special Edition - £4,949
Special Edition ABS - £5,349

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