Thrills without spills
The Ninja 300 puts good things in a small package
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
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)
172kg (174kg ABS)