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Sep 13, 2012

Kawasaki: Carbureted Ninja 250R Becomes Fuel-Injected Ninja 300/Ninja 300 ABS For 2013

A 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300.
2013 KAWASAKI NINJA® 300 ABS

Quick, Strong, and Easy"¦ The Ultimate Lightweight Sportbike

After years of unchallenged domination, the best-selling Ninja® 250R sportbike had finally begun to see competition from other manufacturers. Make no mistake it still outperformed the challengers by a significant margin on the open road but why simply outperform when you can totally dominate? The new 2013 Ninja 300 thoroughly dominates its lightweight sportbike competition on the performance front, while significantly upping the ante for refinement, ease of use and overall practicality. Thanks to a new digital fuel injection system, a new F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions, and the world's smallest and lightest motorcycle ABS brake system, this new 300 is the best lightweight sportbike, by far, when it comes to street riding and overall usability.

The new Ninja 300 sportbike is powered by a larger 296cc liquid-cooled, parallel twin that's tuned to deliver smooth and predictable power around town, plus excellent high-rpm performance on the highway. This upgraded engine offers significantly more performance than the old 250, while its new digital fuel injection (DFI®) system provides improved cold starting, crisper throttle response and better fuel economy than last year's bike.

This new engine has nearly 50% of its parts upgraded from the previous model. In addition to its new long-stroke 296cc displacement, other engine upgrades include: new intake ports that taper from 1mm wider at the throttle body to .5mm wider at the valve seat, new 23.6mm intake valves that are 1mm larger than last year, a new cam chain that offers reduced friction, a revised 10.6:1 compression ratio that allows the use of regular gasoline and lowers operating temperatures, and new lighter pistons that feature a hard anodized coating for reduced friction and increased performance at all rpms. The underside of the pistons was also revised to more efficiently route cooling oil across their surface. Further highlighting changes for this model, it features new, lighter piston pins to further reduce reciprocating weight and help preserve a high redline, new shorter connecting rods to offset new longer crank throws, and new sleeveless "open-deck" die-cast aluminum cylinders that are 800 grams lighter and feature a friction-reducing "T-treatment" plating. Additional improvements include new thicker crankshaft balancer webs to offset the new longer crank throws, new crank journal bearings made from a stronger alloy for increased durability, new crank cases that feature improved oil passages, a new large-volume 2.4 liter oil pan with cooling fins and more ground clearance than the previous model. Topping-off the changes, a new easy-to-access cartridge type spin-on oil filter helps simplify maintenance.

A revised six-speed transmission features thicker gears to help cope with the extra torque from the 300's new engine. The transmission also features Kawasaki's positive neutral finder to make finding neutral a cinch when stopped. This efficient engine and transmission help the Ninja 300 provide plenty of enjoyment from the initial learning curve, all the way through advanced sport riding, track days, and club racing.

Operating that transmission is now easier than ever, thanks to a new F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions. This new clutch reduces lever effort by up to 25%, while increasing the clutch's ability to handle the extra torque generated by the 300's more powerful engine. The new clutch's slipper design also helps reduce rear wheel-hop that can be caused by aggressive downshifting.

The Ninja 300's extra "go" is complimented by the extra stopping power offered by its anti-lock front and rear disc brakes equipped with a lightweight Nissin ABS system for extra piece of mind when road conditions are questionable. This new system uses the smallest ABS unit of any production motorcycle in the world! Its 290mm front and 220mm petal-type rear brake rotors are gripped by powerful two-piston hydraulic calipers. Like all Kawasaki Ninjas, the new 300 is equipped with high-quality components and was tuned using feedback from professional riders at Kawasaki's incredible Autopolis race circuit, to help ensure class-leading performance and an entertaining ride for even the most advanced riders.

The Ninja 250 was always known as one of the best handling sportbikes on the market. To uphold the family honor, the 2013 Ninja 300 features a new frame that uses new high-tensile steel main tubes that are 150% more rigid than the tubes in last year's model. Revised tube shapes and additional gusseting also help provide better longitudinal stiffness for better feel during extreme sport riding. Though the main frame is more rigid for better handling, not all rigidity is positive; that's why Kawasaki engineers designed new rubber front engine mounts that help make this model noticeably smoother, despite the extra power produced by its new 296cc engine.
Front and rear suspension tuning has been adjusted to compliment the new, more-rigid frame. Softer spring rates provide a more comfortable ride on rough city streets, without compromising sport handling characteristics.

Aggressive new bodywork features a sharp-edged design. It also offers effective heat management and superb aerodynamics. The Ninja 300 not only looks great, but also features a new floating windscreen design to help minimize buffeting and provide smooth airflow around the rider's helmet.

The Ninja 300's all-new instrument panel features a large easy-to-read analog tachometer and a digital multifunction display with speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, and digital clock functions. The new instrument panel also features indicator lights, while the digital screen incorporates a handy economical riding indicator (ECO) that illuminates to alert riders when they are operating the Ninja 300 in a manner that will maximize fuel economy.

A natural riding position and comfortable ergonomics combine with lightweight handling and nimble response to deliver pure pleasure everywhere from city streets and highways, to twisty backroads and even racetracks. Contributing to this great handling package are the new full-size, 17-inch, 10-spoke wheels.

Lightweight and agile, the Ninja 300 delivers low ownership costs coupled with effortless class-leading performance!

An extensive range of Genuine Kawasaki Accessories are available through authorized Kawasaki dealers.

Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, Side x Sides, and personal watercraft through a network of more than 1,200 independent retailers, with an additional 7,400 retailers specializing in Kawasaki power products and general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly 3,100 people in the United States, with 300 of them located at KMC's Irvine, California headquarters.
Kawasaki's tagline, "Let the good times roll.™", is recognized worldwide. For five decades, the Kawasaki brand has become synonymous with powerful, stylish and category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki's complete line of powersports products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at www.kawasaki.com.


2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300
Features and Benefits

What's New

296cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin design offers far superior highway passing power and clearly dominant acceleration compared to other lightweight sportbikes

New Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) system uses dual 32mm throttle bodies and provides both improved fuel economy and cleaner emissions compared to last year's 250

New F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions provides more power handling capability with significantly less effort. Design also makes clutch easier to modulate and helps reduce the effect of back-torque to reduce wheel hop when downshifting

All-new bodywork features an aggressive and edgy design with strong Ninja family DNA that sets the Ninja 300 apart from its lightweight sportbike competitors

New frame uses high-tensile steel main tubes that are 150% more rigid and provide superior feel and agility compared to last year's 250

New 10-spoke 17-inch wheels look great and the rear rim has grown ½" wider, allowing the use of a larger 140-section rear tire for 2013

Revised six-speed transmission features a new roller-type shift drum for smoother actuation and stronger gears for maximum durability. It also offers wide selection of ratios to match varied riding conditions and its positive neutral finder makes it much easier to find neutral when stopped

Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) uses a special deflector to channel hot air from the back of the radiator, so that it exits the bottom of the motorcycle, instead of being blown onto the rider

Low 30.9-inch seat height and tapered seat boosts confidence for smaller riders


New 296cc Engine

Compact parallel-twin design offers good mass centralization for nimble handling

Tuned to deliver smooth, step-free power with excellent mid-range and high-rpm power for effective highway performance

New intake ports taper from 1mm wider at the throttle body to .5mm wider at the valve seats

New 23.6mm intake valves are 1mm larger than last year

New cam chain design reduces friction for increased power and efficiency

Revised 10.6:1 compression ratio allows the use of regular 87-octane unleaded gasoline and helps reduce operating temperatures

New lighter pistons reduce reciprocating weight and feature a hard anodized coating for reduced friction and increased performance at every rpm

Revised piston bottoms efficiently route cooling oil across underside of piston

New lighter piston pins reduce reciprocating weight and help preserve a high redline

New shorter connecting rods offset new longer crank throws

New sleeveless "open-deck" die-cast aluminum cylinders are 800 grams lighter and feature a friction-reducing "T-treatment" plating

New thicker crankshaft balancer webs help offset the new longer crank throws

New crank journal bearings are made from a stronger alloy for increased durability

New crank cases feature improved oil passages

New large-volume 2.4 liter oil pan features cooling fins and better ground clearance

New easy-to-access cartridge type spin-on oil filter helps simplify maintenance


New Exhaust System

New curved 2-into-1 header design contributes to the Ninja 300's low- and mid-range torque and smooth, step-free power curve

New complex geometry silencer design offers modern styling and meets all regulations without compromising engine performance

New large brushed-finish metal silencer guard boosts noise reduction and helps protect passenger from exhaust heat

Meets strict Euro 3 emission standards with a single catalyzer in the collector section


Liquid Cooling with KAMS

Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) uses a special deflector to redirect hot air from the radiator fan, so it exits the bottom of the motorcycle instead of being blown onto the rider

Lightweight Denso radiator offers effective engine cooling with minimal space and weight

Fan design uses a quiet-running motor that also saves space

Fins on the lower side of the crankcase provide additional engine cooling


Six-speed Transmission with New F.C.C. Assist Clutch

New F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions is able to handle more power and requires significantly less lever effort to operate. Design also makes clutch easier to modulate and helps reduce the effect of back-torque to reduce wheel hop when downshifting

Revised six-speed transmission features a new roller-type shift drum for smoother actuation and stronger gears for maximum durability. It also offers wide selection of ratios to match varied riding conditions and its positive neutral finder makes it much easier to find neutral when stopped

Involute splines reduce friction and backlash between gears and shafts for easier gear meshing and smooth shifting under power


Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)

Dual 32mm Keihin throttle bodies and a digital ECU offer easy starting, superior throttle response, and help provide low fuel consumption

DFI® makes the Ninja 300 cleaner and more fuel efficient than last year's 250, even though it now makes significantly more power


Petal-type Disc Brakes

Large-diameter, 290mm front petal disc and a balanced action two-piston caliper offer excellent braking performance and a natural, direct feeling at the lever

Two-piston caliper grips the rear 220mm petal disc


New Chassis

New frame uses main pipes made from high-tensile steel tubing that is 150% more rigid than the tubes in the previous Ninja 250R's frame. The added rigidity provides much better chassis response and improved steering precision and feel

Frame design and chassis tuning offer confidence-inspiring stability at both high and low speeds

Beefy swingarm bracket contributes to the frame's rigidity and helps achieve an optimal balance of chassis stiffness

Square-beam swingarm compliments the new frame's rigidity


Updated Suspension

Revised tuning on the 37mm telescopic front fork compliments the new more rigid frame and wider rear tire

Uni-Trak® rear suspension linkage helps provide predictable sportbike handling and good ride comfort

Rear shock features 5-way adjustable preload to help manage rear ride height whether riding solo or with a passenger


New Wheels & Tires

New 17-inch 10-spoke wheel design has a more modern appearance

New 4" wide rear rim is ½" wider than the old Ninja 250R's back wheel

New rear tire is 10mm wider than the tire on last year's Ninja 250R, for increased stability and improved sportbike handling

New IRC RX-01R tires were developed in conjunction with Kawasaki and are a perfect match for the improved dynamics of the 2013 Ninja 300. They also provide better wet weather performance than the Ninja 250R's tires


New High-Tech Instrumentation

Large easy-to-read analog tachometer

Multifunction digital display features an easy-to-read speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, digital clock and warning lights

Economical riding indicator (ECO) illuminates to let the rider know when they are operating the Ninja 300 in a manner that will maximize fuel economy


New Aerodynamic Bodywork

All-new bodywork features an aggressive and edgy design with strong Ninja family DNA that sets the Ninja 300 apart from its lightweight sportbike competitors

New floating windscreen design helps reduce turbulence and rider fatigue

Aggressive dual-lamp headlight design, minimalist tail section and separate seats further enhance the aggressive visual impact

Two helmet holders conveniently located under the rear seat

New two-stage under-seat storage compartment can hold a U-lock or similar device and is hinged for easy access to the tool kit located beneath the storage tray

Two hooks under the tail, plus two behind the rear passenger pegs provide anchor points for securing items to the rear of the bike


Ergonomics

New rider's seat design is narrower near its front section, making it easier for riders to reach the ground

New passenger seat features a flatter design which makes it easier to secure cargo or soft luggage

Slightly forward-slanting seat and wide, slightly raised handlebars give the Ninja 300 a naturally comfortable riding position


New Genuine Kawasaki Accessories

All accessories designed and engineered by Kawasaki

New Color Matched Seat Cowl is factory designed with integrated styling cues and molded pad perfectly color matched to your Ninja 300

New Tank Bag and Soft Top Case custom designed tank bag made exclusively for the Ninja 300. Can be installed or removed quickly, multiple storage areas for your gear expandable for carrying larger items

New "Tall" Windscreen factory designed for easy installation 3" taller bubble design adds wind protection. Features an optically correct 3-D curvature

New Fuel Tank Pad features matching graphics and helps protect the paint on the fuel tank. A touch of personalization to enhance its sportbike styling

New Engine Guards factory designed for easy installation helps reduce the possibility of bodywork damage in case of tip over



2013 Kawasaki Ninja® 300 Specifications*

Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin
Displacement: 296cc
Bore x stroke: 62.0 x 49.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.6:1
Cooling: Liquid
Fuel injection: DFI® with dual 32mm throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: Chain
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Wheelbase: 55.3 in.
Rake / trail: 27 degrees / 3.7 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak® with 5-way adjustable preload / 5.2 in.
Front tire: 110/70-17
Rear tire: 140/70-17
Front brake: Single 290mm petal-type disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper and ABS
Rear brake: Single 220mm petal-type disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper and ABS
Overall length: 79.3 in.
Overall width: 28.1 in.
Overall height: 43.7 in.
Seat height: 30.9 in.
Curb weight: 379.3 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Color: Ebony
Pearl Stardust White
Lime Green / Ebony with Special Edition Graphics
MSRP: $4,799/$4,999
Warranty: 12 months
Optional Good Times™ Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
Wholesale distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
9950 Jeronimo Road
Irvine, California 92618
949-770-0400
www.kawasaki.com


2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS
Features and Benefits

Key Features

296cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin design offers far superior highway passing power and clearly dominant acceleration compared to other lightweight sportbikes

New ABS brakes fitted for the first time on a lightweight Ninja sportbike

New Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) system uses dual 32mm throttle bodies and provides both improved fuel economy and cleaner emissions compared to last year's 250

New F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions provides more power handling capability with significantly less effort. Design also makes clutch easier to modulate and helps reduce the effect of back-torque to reduce wheel hop when downshifting

All-new bodywork features an aggressive and edgy design with strong Ninja family DNA that sets the Ninja 300 apart from its lightweight sportbike competitors

New frame uses high-tensile steel main tubes that are 150% more rigid and provide superior feel and agility compared to last year's 250

New 10-spoke 17-inch wheels look great and the rear rim has grown ½" wider, allowing the use of a larger 140-section rear tire for 2013

Revised six-speed transmission features a new roller-type shift drum for smoother actuation and stronger gears for maximum durability. It also offers wide selection of ratios to match varied riding conditions and its positive neutral finder makes it much easier to find neutral when stopped

Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) uses a special deflector to channel hot air from the back of the radiator, so that it exits the bottom of the motorcycle, instead of being blown onto the rider

Low 30.9-inch seat height and tapered seat boosts confidence for smaller riders


New 296cc Engine

Compact parallel-twin design offers good mass centralization for nimble handling

Tuned to deliver smooth, step-free power with excellent mid-range and high-rpm power for effective highway performance

New intake ports taper from 1mm wider at the throttle body to .5mm wider at the valve seats

New 23.6mm intake valves are 1mm larger than last year

New cam chain design reduces friction for increased power and efficiency

Revised 10.6:1 compression ratio allows the use of regular 87-octane unleaded gasoline and helps reduce operating temperatures

New lighter pistons reduce reciprocating weight and feature a hard anodized coating for reduced friction and increased performance at every rpm

Revised piston bottoms efficiently route cooling oil across underside of piston

New lighter piston pins reduce reciprocating weight and help preserve a high redline

New shorter connecting rods offset new longer crank throws

New sleeveless "open-deck" die-cast aluminum cylinders are 800 grams lighter and feature a friction-reducing "T-treatment" plating

New thicker crankshaft balancer webs help offset the new longer crank throws

New crank journal bearings are made from a stronger alloy for increased durability

New crank cases feature improved oil passages

New large-volume 2.4 liter oil pan features cooling fins and better ground clearance

New easy-to-access cartridge type spin-on oil filter helps simplify maintenance


New Exhaust System

New curved 2-into-1 header design contributes to the Ninja 300's low- and mid-range torque and smooth, step-free power curve

New complex geometry silencer design offers modern styling and meets all regulations without compromising engine performance

New large brushed-finish metal silencer guard boosts noise reduction and helps protect passenger from exhaust heat

Meets strict Euro 3 emission standards with a single catalyzer in the collector section


Liquid Cooling with KAMS

Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) uses a special deflector to redirect hot air from the radiator fan, so it exits the bottom of the motorcycle instead of being blown onto the rider

Lightweight Denso radiator offers effective engine cooling with minimal space and weight

Fan design uses a quiet-running motor that also saves space

Fins on the lower side of the crankcase provide additional engine cooling


Six-speed Transmission with New F.C.C. Assist Clutch

New F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions is able to handle more power and requires significantly less lever effort to operate. Design also makes clutch easier to modulate and helps reduce the effect of back-torque to reduce wheel hop when downshifting

Revised six-speed transmission features a new roller-type shift drum for smoother actuation and stronger gears for maximum durability. It also offers wide selection of ratios to match varied riding conditions and its positive neutral finder makes it much easier to find neutral when stopped

Involute splines reduce friction and backlash between gears and shafts for easier gear meshing and smooth shifting under power


Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)

Dual 32mm Keihin throttle bodies and a digital ECU offer easy starting, superior throttle response, and help provide low fuel consumption

DFI® makes the Ninja 300 cleaner and more fuel efficient than last year's 250, even though it now makes significantly more power


New ABS Disc Brakes with Petal-type Rotors

New ABS brakes feature the world's smallest production motorcycle ABS unit. Made by Nissin, the entire antilock system adds less than 4.5 lbs.

Large-diameter, 290mm front petal disc and a balanced action two-piston caliper offer excellent braking performance and a natural, direct feeling at the lever

Two-piston caliper grips the rear 220mm petal disc


New Chassis

New frame uses main pipes made from high-tensile steel tubing that is 150% more rigid than the tubes in the previous Ninja 250R's frame. The added rigidity provides much better chassis response and improved steering precision and feel

Frame design and chassis tuning offer confidence-inspiring stability at both high and low speeds

Beefy swingarm bracket contributes to the frame's rigidity and helps achieve an optimal balance of chassis stiffness

Square-beam swingarm compliments the new frame's rigidity


Updated Suspension

Revised tuning on the 37mm telescopic front fork compliments the new more rigid frame and wider rear tire

Uni-Trak® rear suspension linkage helps provide predictable sportbike handling and good ride comfort

Rear shock features 5-way adjustable preload to help manage rear ride height whether riding solo or with a passenger


New Wheels & Tires

New 17-inch 10-spoke wheel design has a more modern appearance

New 4" wide rear rim is ½" wider than the old Ninja 250R's back wheel

New rear tire is 10mm wider than the tire on last year's Ninja 250R, for increased stability and improved sportbike handling

New IRC RX-01R tires were developed in conjunction with Kawasaki and are a perfect match for the improved dynamics of the 2013 Ninja 300. They also provide better wet weather performance than the Ninja 250R's tires


New High-Tech Instrumentation

Large easy-to-read analog tachometer

Multifunction digital display features an easy-to-read speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, digital clock and warning lights

Economical riding indicator (ECO) illuminates to let the rider know when they are operating the Ninja 300 in a manner that will maximize fuel economy


New Aerodynamic Bodywork

All-new bodywork features an aggressive and edgy design with strong Ninja family DNA that sets the Ninja 300 apart from its lightweight sportbike competitors

New floating windscreen design helps reduce turbulence and rider fatigue

Aggressive dual-lamp headlight design, minimalist tail section and separate seats further enhance this sportbike's aggressive appearance

Two helmet holders conveniently located under the rear seat

New two-stage under-seat storage compartment can hold a U-lock or similar device and is hinged for easy access to the tool kit located beneath the storage tray

Two hooks under the tail, plus two behind the rear passenger pegs provide anchor points for securing items to the rear of the bike


Ergonomics

New rider's seat design is narrower near its front section, making it easier for riders to reach the ground

New passenger seat features a flatter design which makes it easier to secure cargo or soft luggage

Slightly forward-slanting seat and wide, slightly raised handlebars give the Ninja 300 a naturally comfortable riding position


New Genuine Kawasaki Accessories

All accessories designed and engineered by Kawasaki

New Color Matched Seat Cowl is factory designed with integrated styling cues and molded pad perfectly color matched to your Ninja 300

New Tank Bag and Soft Top Case custom designed tank bag made exclusively for the Ninja 300. Can be installed or removed quickly, multiple storage areas for your gear expandable for carrying larger items

New "Tall" Windscreen factory designed for easy installation 3" taller bubble design adds wind protection. Features an optically correct 3-D curvature

New Fuel Tank Pad features matching graphics and helps protect the paint on the fuel tank. A touch of personalization to enhance its sportbike styling

New Engine Guards factory designed for easy installation helps reduce the possibility of bodywork damage in case of tip over


2013 Kawasaki Ninja® 300 ABS Specifications*

Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin
Displacement: 296cc
Bore x stroke: 62.0 x 49.0mm
Compression ratio: 10.6:1
Cooling: Liquid
Fuel injection: DFI® with dual 32mm throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: Chain
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Wheelbase: 55.3 in.
Rake / trail: 27 degrees / 3.7 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 37mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.7 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak® with 5-way adjustable preload / 5.2 in.
Front tire: 110/70-17
Rear tire: 140/70-17
Front brake: Single 290mm petal-type disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper and ABS
Rear brake: Single 220mm petal-type disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper and ABS
Overall length: 79.3 in.
Overall width: 28.1 in.
Overall height: 43.7 in.
Seat height: 30.9 in.
Curb weight: 383.7 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 4.5 gal.
Color: Lime Green / Ebony with Special Edition Graphics
MSRP: $5,499
Warranty: 12 months
Optional Good Times™ Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
Wholesale distributor: Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
9950 Jeronimo Road
Irvine, California 92618
949-770-0400
www.kawasaki.com