The Ninja 300 Accelerates like a Sports Car
Kawasaki’s Ninja 300 is an entry level sports motorcycle aimed new motorcyclists, and is a machine that offers sporty looks, decent performance and handling wrapped in a user friendly package and all at an affordable price. Powered by a 296 cc parallel 2 cylinder motor thats makes a claimed 35 bhp and 20 lb/ft of torque. Many new riders are interested in the performance capabilities of the Ninja 300 so we thought it fitting to include it as one of our first machines that we tested the acceleration of.
Kawasaki Ninja 300 Dyno Curve
For such a small and compact motor, the Ninja 300 and its 296 cc parallel two motor make a respectable amount of power and comparable to the 30 odd horsepower two stroke 125s some of you reading may have had the pleasure of hooning around on in your youth . The Ninja 300s 33 bhp at the wheels at least in motorcycle terms will not set the world on fire but is more than powerful enough to get the job done. The engine is smooth and has a reasonable amount of low to mid end power and torque, and certainly enough to zip you part slow moving traffic but for best effect you’d better ‘work’ the motor and ensure that you are in the correct gear with your revs floating around the 8,000 rpm mark. That figure may sound bonkers to a car driver but it’s the normal upper midrange of a sporty motorcycle engine. From 8,000 rpm right up until the 13,000 rpm red line, there is a fair bit of go. For a good while the motor a class leader when the Ninja only really had the CBR250 and Hyosung GT250 to compete against but now the motor sits behind the Yamaha R3 and KTM RC390 as a class leader. Compared to the KTM 390, the Ninja 300 does lack the flexibility of the larger KTM motor but scores more points for smoothness and refinement compared to the more brash single cylinder of the RC. The R3 like the KTM benefits from a larger motor over the Ninja 300, 321 cc vs 296 cc. The R3 motor shares a similar character to the NInja 300, being high revving and due to its slightly larger capacity made a little more power and torque through the entire range and at peak. Kawasaki have since responded with the Ninja 400, a motorcycle that we’ll run the numbers with soon.
Kawasaki Ninja 300 Acceleration Test
Despite only having 296c the little kawasaki Ninja 300 can accelerate pretty quickly up to a point, and will beat most hot hatches from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) and even show the odd sports car a thing or two with its impressive 0-60 mph time of 5.23 seconds. It is really important that you slip the clutch perfectly and shift as quickly as possible with clutchless changes for best effect. Most learner riders would likely be hitting 7 seconds but a real pro can achieve low 5s. From 60 mph to 100 mph you still have hot hatch performance, but you’d better make yourself small and tuck those mirrors in. In optimum conditions the Kawasaki Ninja 300 can claim 0-100 mph in 18 seconds and a quarter mile time of 14.10 seconds hitting a terminal speed of 93 mph. Once you hit 100 mph you need another kilometer to hit the Ninja 300’s top speed of 110 mph, so don’t expect to be cruising at 95 mph with any really overtaking ability though at legal Motorway/Highway speed there is enough poke to get you past slow moving traffic with a 70-80 mph time of 2.1 if using 4th gear. Top gear you may as well get off and push it.