300cc category is relatively new category with the base platform are used from its 250cc bikes. Modern, low-maintenance, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, fuel-injected engines, replacing the 2 stroke 250cc which can give 70++ horsepower with kick-starter. Now simply pressing the start button with the throttle to a get a steady idle, whether the engine is fully warm or stone cold. With a click into first gear and a release of the class-characteristic light clutch, we were under way with revs zinging before we even reached the parking lot exit. So let the fun and games begin.
The Ninja 300 SE ABS is not a replacement for the 2013 Ninja 250R, it’s a new sub category for those who want the nimbleness of the 250cc with added power from the extra 50cc and it comes with ABS and I do think the gear ration are also longer too. Previously the Ninja 250R cannot go beyond 170km/h because of factory restriction, we tested the Ninja 300 SE ABS to 185km/h with a little more throttle to go. Getting to 180km/h takes a shorter distance. Some noticeable changes to the Ninja 300 SE are the front visor, slipper clutch, ABS, longer gear ratio (maybe), packed in trellis frame similar to Ninja 250R.
This is evidenced in the Ninja 300’s seamless fuel mapping together with 296 cc, liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC parallel-twin, with 35hp engine, an ultra-smooth revs, slick shifting, and slipper/assist clutch, which has an uncannily light effort while removing the rear wheel hop on downshifts.
The Ninja 300 offers comfortable ergonomics, a good seat height, and better wind protection with its higher front visor that can completely cover your helmet when ducking down, which would make it a great commuter, and yet it still fits a wide variety of rider’s body types. The Kawasaki is comfortable for me as a daily ride.
Kawasaki kept the “Ninja” racy fairing that caught my eyes way back in 2013. When hustled on a fast road, the Ninja does a good job of hanging with the other bigger bikes during our review last weekend and was actually far in front leaving some 650cc bikes behind.
The Ninja handling was predictable even with the stock iRC 110/17 size front tyre and rear 140/17 tyre, the ABS braking good for the class, and the suspension offered better damping than most of the 250cc bikes, the Ninja is a fun bike to flog on a twisty back road. The Ninja’s wind protection and quality of fit and finish are great. 164 kg (dry) makes it a great city commuter, with great fuel economy.
The Ninja 300 ABS SE is an excellent for people who have limited to no riding experience. Ninja 300 ABS SE is priced at RM 26 989 excluding GST, insurance and roadtax