Thrills with­out spills

The Ninja 300 puts good things in a small pack­age

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on most of its road-bike range. ‘‘ It’s been a pos­i­tive, par­tic­u­larly for the learner range,’’ she says.

The Kawasaki ABS assem­bly is the world’s small­est, which makes it more ap­pli­ca­ble to use on small bikes such as the Ninja 300.

‘‘ Ad­vance­ments in tech­nol­ogy are also mak­ing it more af­ford­able, so it adds to what we can of­fer a learner es­pe­cially,’’ Costello says.

ABS is now stan­dard on all road­go­ing 650cc Kawasakis, which are learner le­gal in all states ex­cept Western Aus­tralia.

Kawasaki also has ABS as stan­dard on the Ver­sys 1000, ZX-10R, ZX-14, Ninja 1000, 1400 GTR, Z1000 and Vul­can 1700 cruiser range.

In July, BMWbe­came the first Aus­tralian bike im­porter to have ABS as stan­dard on all

road bikes in its fleet. Many other brands are ex­tend­ing the avail­abil­ity of ABS through their road-go­ing mod­els.

Costello says Kawasaki is ‘‘ con­fi­dent of re­claim­ing the No. 1 po­si­tion with the new bike, which will sell along­side the Ninja 250R, a top seller in Western Aus­tralia. There’s still (Ninja 250R) stock out there.’’

The Ninja 300 is pow­ered by a fuel-in­jected 296cc twin with dual throt­tle valves. In terms of power the 300 will gain 5kW, bring­ing its out­put to 29kW.

Sta­bil­ity is im­proved with a rigid di­a­mond frame and wider 140mm rear tyre.

It fea­tures ag­gres­sive Ninja styling with big dual head­lights, float­ing wind­screen, fair­ings and wheels. Riders will feel cooler on the bike thanks to large open­ings in the fair­ing and a new ra­di­a­tor fan cover to di­vert engine heat.

It will be avail­able in ebony, pearl star­dust white or a spe­cial-edition lime. $6000 (est)

296cc twin, 29kW/27Nm

chain drive

6-speed, 2.0m (L), 715mm(W), 1.1m (H), 1.4m (WB), 785mm(seat height)

290mm­petal disc (fr), 220mm­petal disc (r) 37mmte­le­scopic fork (fr), Uni Trak with gas charged shock and five-way preload (r)

110/70x17 (fr), 140/70x17 (r)

17L

172kg (174kg ABS)

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