2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 | First Ride

A slightly larger Ninja that casts a much longer shadow.

By Marc Cook, Photography by Kevin Wing

TECH  
Price$4799/$4999 SE/$5499 SE+ABS
Engine typel-c parallel twin
Valve trainDOHC, 8v
Displacement296cc
Bore x stroke62.0 x 49.0mm
Compression10.6:1
Fuel systemEFI
ClutchWet, multi-plate, slipper
Transmission6-speed
Claimed horsepowerna
Claimed torquena
FrameSteel-tube perimeter
Front suspensionKayaba 37mm fork
Rear suspensionKayaba shock with adjustable spring preload
Front brakeNissin two-piston caliper, 290mm disc
Rear brakeNissin two-piston caliper, 220mm disc
Front tire110/70-17
Rear tire140/70-17
Rake/trail27.0˚/3.7 in.
Seat height30.9 in.
Wheelbase55.3 in.
Fuel capacity4.5 gal.
Claimed curb weight379 - 384 (ABS) lbs.
ColorsLime Green/Ebony, Ebony, Pearl Stardust White
AvailableNow
Warranty12 mo., unlimited mi.
ContactKawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
9950 Jeronimo Road
Irvine, CA 92618
949.770.0400
www.kawasaki.com

VERDICT: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Resetting our expectations of what a small-displacement sportbike can be.

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