MILAN SHOW: Kawasaki go naked with new Z300

Published: 04 November 2014

The Z300, the latest addition to the Z Series line-up, is a stylish entry-level model for Europe, inspired by larger models from the popular Z Series, the Z1000 and Z800.  Muscular bodywork hints at the bike’s performance, while ensuring that the Z300 stands out from the crowd.  It’s a great looking addition to the Zed family. 
Sharing the engine and chassis of the excellent Ninja 300, the Z300 should offers a dynamic ride, and some of the best performance in class.

Highlights:
296 cm3 liquid-cooled engine
The fuel-injected parallel-twin produces smooth, torquey power at low and medium rpm and powerful acceleration at high rpm.  Like the Ninja 300, it features a sleeveless, plated, die-cast aluminium cylinder and lightweight coated pistons.

2-into-1 exhaust with short-style silencer
Header and centre pipe length optimised for strong low-mid range torque.  Short-style silencer with complex cross-section delivers good performance, low noise and plenty of lean angle.

Aggressive Supernaked styling
Like other models in the Z Series, the Z300 features a “mass-forward, minimalist-tail” design concept.  Its aggressive headlamp housed in a compact cowl, muscular, athletic bodywork and slim tail design create a very distinctive silhouette.

Rigid diamond frame
Diamond frame from the Ninja 300 features high-tensile steel components, reinforcement gusseting and rubber front engine mounts.

37mm telescopic fork
Designed to provide comfort in the city, and smooth, stable handling when sport riding.

Uni-Trak rear suspension
Kawasaki’s original linkage-equipped Uni-Trak rear suspension delivers a smooth ride and stable handling over a wide range of speeds and road conditions.

Sporty instrumentation - combines a large, analogue-style tachometer with a multi-function LCD screen and amber backlighting.

Maximum power (claimed) 38bhp @ 11,000rpm
Maximum torque (claimed) 19.9lbft @ 10,000rpm