In 2013, Kawasaki takes a new step at the alternative cubic capacities. Taking again the torch of Ninja 250 the news Kawasaki Ninja 300 benefits from a redrawn line an advanced engine and a road approval in clear progression. Small the sporting green one is always addressed to the beginners, but its new versatility opens broader horizons to him.
Kawasaki chose to present his new Kawasaki Ninja 300 in Germany to us, with the country of the schnapps – not stupid for a motor bike green apple – but especially of the unbounded motorways speed… Because even if Ninja 300 will not risk for throwing into a panic the radars, these conditions of test at least gave us the occasion to push it thoroughly without fear for our licenses… With such a cubic capacity, the “mi Ninja” initially addresses to the beginner (E) S. But it also makes eye with those which do not bet only on the performances but wish especially a small motor bike at the same time developing and economic.
First visual report: it is really pretty, this news Kawasaki Ninja 300 2013! Its line is much more aggressive than that known on Kawasaki Ninja 250R, taking again the features of the Ninja family on the level of the bubble, the low exhaust, the frayed back hull… In short, to brag with red light, Kawasaki Ninja 300 is armed well better than the first generation. Moreover, it does not make “plastic too much” and lets sting some machine elements through its preparing. Well considering.
Admittedly, one deplores the absence of adjustment in spacing of the levers or the fact that Kawasaki made the dead end on hazard lights whereas the control unit presents the site to accommodate them. But one finds the smile by visualizing the successful proportions of this beautiful small Kawasaki Ninja 300 2013. The saddle, located at 785 mm of the ground, makes it possible to pose the feet on the ground flat as soon as at least meter 65 is addressed as you.
In same time, the large gauges (1.80 m and more) will not feel too much with narrow on board, their knees just coming to cap the fairings. Lastly, the half-handlebars raised by trigger guard’s way Kawasaki Z 1000 SX ensure a position of rather right control, nearer to that of a Kawasaki ER-6N/F than of a Suzuki SV 650 S for example. There still, a good point with the daily newspaper for this Kawasaki Ninja 300.
365 days of facility a year
I let small the twin parallel of 296 Cm3 heat quietly while I adjust helmet and gloves. Architecture obliges sonority points out the block of family ER-6. With a weight all full facts announced to 172 kg, Kawasaki 300 Ninja is handled easily.
Admittedly, by making the dead end on noble aluminum and materials, Kawasaki Ninja 300 deprives of a weight really feather. The more so as, according to the technician’s house, the variation of weight between a twin-cylinder on line of 300 Cm3 and 650 Cm3 is not so important. Nevertheless, Ninjette directs rather well and its orders are shown ultra soft. The new clutch assisted FCC proves really more flexible than on the old model – we could note it under static test with a Kawasaki Ninja 250R 2012 – and the gear box is quite as soft.
During our urban evolutions in the lanes of Frankfurt, we noticed the couple available as of 4,000 tr/min and the flexibility of these minis twin, which make it possible to set out again with the corner streets without with blow in second as in third, and without making wax the clutch. With final, this Kawasaki Ninja 300 will be easy with the daily newspaper: one did not expect any less it.
177 km/h point some (even not lying) with Kawasaki Ninja 300!
Moment of truth: we borrow Autobahn, and its free portions (not limited of speed) which more is. There, the progress made compared to the 250R Ninja is notable. Acceleration is sufficient to form part peacefully of flow and to pass the small cars timidly launched to 120 km/h. admittedly, with this intention it is necessary to maintain the mode driving with the top of 7000 tr/min, but small Kawasaki Ninja 300 does not dare any less to borrow the way of left of the German motorway…
With 6,500 tr/min, the meter approximately indicates (the graduations are rather tight) 90 km/h, 110 km/h with 7,500 tr/min, 130 km/h with 9,000 tr/min. Then, the lengthening-piece of the small block makes it possible to go up with serenity to 150 km/h. The engine turns rather quickly, but almost does not vibrate and seems not to heat: one thinks that one could roll 50 kilometers at this rhythm… until the play of the aspiration titillates us!
There, lightest 185 km/h will reach points some on Kawasaki Ninja 300 2013. As information, your servant took 177 km/h meter, without lying down on the tank, and then 174 km/h checked in GPS in position laid down on a false slightly favorable dish. At high-speed, the directional stability of small sporting Kawasaki remains healthy, even if the nose gear fleet a little all the same. Protection is not ideal – the bubble with S curve of the Kawasaki catalogue should cure it – but even in standard configuration, it is all the same better than on pure a naked.
A trussed frame but always nimble
But during this first test of Kawasaki Ninja 300 2013, we especially took the roads of the German main forests. And it is finally in this register that this motor bike was shown nicest. On several occasions during the day, I remained on the idea that I did not control sporting under not motorized.
Admittedly, it is necessary to envisage its blow to exceed a minivan between two in full safety conk-paves: to declaw at the convenient period, with the top of 7,000 tr/min, then not to miss the higher report towards 9,500 tr/min, but that does it. With a Kawasaki ER-6N, I would have done everything on the fourth report right on the couple and the lengthening-piece. But I would never have dared to do it with a Yamaha YZF 125 R, which does not offer any margin last 100 km/h. Kawasaki Ninja 300 offers a useful beach good vaster than the 125 Cm3 (even unsung…) and one quickly takes the measurement of his capacities to exceed.
The anti clutch dribbles FCC limits the risks of wheel locking postpone with the downshift, and one is astonished by the very weak engine brake. In fact, the entries of turn on the dash in Kawasaki Ninja 300 should fully satisfy sporting, which will undoubtedly regret that the engine, available and rather filled, lack of aggressiveness in the turns. With final, that is not used for nothing “to draw inside” beyond 10,500 tr/min, the Japanese twin already very gave. The agility and weak inertia thus authorize a dynamic control thanks to various qualities: the geometry is relevant since Kawasaki Ninja 300 is neutral and is not raised during brakings on the angle. Never vicious, it authorizes an intuitive sporting control and remains healthy on the bumps.
Side behavior, one can certainly quibble on braking. Very near to that of the 250R Ninja, it shows a sufficient power but its proportioning is not very easy in sporting control: passed mid–chases it lever, the power is not reinforced. Side assembles origin; new tires IRC Road Winner equipped with a new mixture of gums were healthy. If these tires inhabitant of Thailand do not cause unforeseeable unhooking, they do not bring any information feedback: it is not known if they adhere or not. Most sporting will have thus in heart as fast as possible to exchange them against more effective envelopes.
Assessment: Progress on all the points
With this new Kawasaki Ninja 300 2013, Kawasaki the fine cheek: while fattening his ex Kawasaki Ninja 250R, the manufacturer of Akashi moves away the 250 Cm3 which the holders of license A flee with all legs to buy – in any case in France – one 600 equivalent to that which they had in the motor bike school. Frankly pretty, easy to lead, rather powerful with the daily newspaper of solo use, healthy and funny in sporting control, the news Kawasaki Ninja 300 thus shines by his versatility.
For little that the insurers play the game and that it does not consume much more than the 250 Ninja which it replaces, it can constitute a purchase as much reason that passion. Remain that this Kawasaki Ninja 300 costs 4,999 €, that is to say 1,000 € moreover than the Honda CBR 250 R, driven by one-cylinder the least powerful. It is a significant variation, even if Kawasaki Ninja 300 remains with the same tariff as Ninja 250 and than like it, it is always manufactured in the factory inhabitant of Thailand of Kawasaki. Let us wish him, all the same, to cause at least curiosity, at best, new vocations.
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