Does a new sticker job and inherent qualities keep the Ninja 300 relevant even today?
The Ninja 300 has been one of the pioneers of its segment. That of the multi-cylinder entry-level sports bike. It was the Kawasaki Ninja 250 that started this trend in 2009, and in 2013, passed on the baton to the larger, more powerful Ninja 300. Three years now, not much has changed and the Ninja 300 carries forward the same positive characteristics in new livery. The competition has expanded though. Now the question is, does this baby Ninja still offer value amongst the new flock of more affordable entry-level sportbikes which offer almost as much, or in a few cases, more, performance?
The Emperor’s new clothes:New for 2016 is the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) livery and a new grab rail. While the livery does a good job of masking the large fairing sides, the grab rail feels like a gross afterthought. It starts from the pillion footrest stalk and extends all the way around the rear of the bike. Some might even mistake it for a wheelie bar. But aside that (easily removable) grabrail, we like the way the new livery manages to accentuate the bike’s profile and make it look fresh and, dare we say... meaner!
Quality:The Ninja has always impressed...read more »