The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300, a sport bike made by Kawasaki in 2012 for the 2013 model year, is a new generation entry-level (beginner) bike. Kawasaki dominated the lightweight market for decades with the Ninja 250, and now after feeling pressure from main competitor Honda CBR250, Kawasaki raised the bar by upgrading the entry-level Ninja with a 296cc, liquid-cooled and fuel-injected two-cylinder engine— that’s 47cc more displacement (adding just 6 percent more weight) and 50 percent more power than the Honda. Kawasaki claimed this 2013 bike will deliver better fuel economy and more performance.
The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 will be one of the first beginner bikes to offer ABS brakes (at a $700 premium), a feature that according to Consumer Reports has a great life-saving potential. Overall, experts in the field as well as nonprofessional reviewers agree that the new Ninja 300 is a great entry-level bike.
What Professionals Are Saying
According to Troy Siahaan, a professional motorcycle reviewer from Motorcycle.com, generally ABS works well and will be helpful to novice riders. After riding both the old Ninja 250 and the new 300, Troy felt that the Ninja 300 “is noticeably smoother than its predecessor thanks to rubber engine mounts keeping vibes at bay.” He doesn’t recommend the 300 to absolute beginners because of it’s power and thinks that those who would benefit more are novices with a little experience and intermediate riders. The biggest setback for buyers, he says, is the price: $4799 for standard models and $5499 for ABS—compare this Honda CBR250 with its $3999 base price and just $500 premium for ABS.
Don Canet from Cycle World says that the suspension performed very well on a rough road. He also liked the ABS system, which he said performs as good as ABS offered on more expensive motorcycles.
I found Andre from Sydney, Australia whose Ninja 300 reviews draw a considerable audience on YouTube. Andre loves the steering and describes it as easy and smoot, but he had some problems with shifting the gears. He says that his 300 shifted from second to neutral for no reason. Watch Andre’s video below.