MILAN SHOW: Kawasaki go naked with new Z300
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.
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