‘Some Ninja 300s have done 50,000 miles’
“It’s a real shame that Kawasaki hasn’t made the Ninja 300 Euro4compliant as it’s a wonderful lit tle bike with very few faults.
“When you talk about issues nothing really springs to mind and it’s a brilliant used bike that doesn’t hang around in showrooms long, especially if it is one of the KRT Edition or Performance models. Buyers seem to really like these special editions and they tend to command a bit of a premium over the green bikes, while the black or white ones are the least popular in the used market. ABS models are also pretty sought after and sell better than non-abs ones.
“Bikes that have been used as a commuter through winter can need their suspension linkages stripping and re- greasing. It’s not a huge job, but always worth checking for and, while you are on your hands and knees, also check the exhaust for corrosion as it is made from steel. Other than that it’s the basics – tyres, chain and sprockets and crash damage.
“Mechanically the engine is really solid and doesn’t go wrong, but the valve clearances need to be checked every 7500 miles and the motor needs a minor service every 3750 miles. A valve clearance check isn’t a big job and the Ninja is lovely bike to work on so service prices are quite low, around £150 for a minor and £300 for the valve clearances. Parts are also quite cheap with a full side fairing costing just £256. “Generally you get two types of Ninja 300 owner – the commuter and the weekend rider. The commuter never washes their bike and it gets hammered all year round while the weekend rider keeps it for sunny Sundays and cherishes their bike. Obviously it is best to buy a bike owned by the latter, but the finish is good on the Ninja and tatty bikes can be recovered, however you may need to swap the exhaust system as this is a weak point.
“We look after a couple of Ninja 300s that have done over 50,000 miles and as both the owners use ACF50 liberally their bikes look like new.
“One thing I would say to any Ninja owner is to swap the OE tyres to decent Pirelli Diablo Rosso rubber as soon as possible as while the standard tyres last forever, they are pretty terrible in terms of grip and feel.”
‘You get two types of 300 owner – the commuter and the weekend rider’
Look here Bikes that have been through winter or left outside will need some TLC