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MCN overall verdict rating is 4

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.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 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.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

Kawasaki Ninja 300 (2012-current)

Detail Value
New price £4,799
Dealer used prices
£3,520 (2012) - £5,250 (2014)
Private used prices
£3,170 (2012) - £4,720 (2014)
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Engine size 296 cc
Power 39 bhp
Top speed 93 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 4 rating is 4
Engine rating is 4 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 4 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 4
Value rating is 4 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

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

Value

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

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

Insurance

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Model History

2012: Model introduced

Other Versions

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

Specifications

Top speed 93 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 39 bhp
Max torque 20 ft-lb
Weight 172 kg
Seat height 785 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Average fuel consumption 75 mpg
Tank range 280 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 296 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment 37mm conventional forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Five-way adjustable pre-load shock
Front brakes 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

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4(1 review)

  • top speed

    stevieboy94

    Average rating rating is 4

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    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

    07 June 2014

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