2015 kawasaki ninja 300 abs review

What Is It? Kawasaki launched the predecessor to lớn this bike, the Nin-Ja 250, almost 30 years ago. Since then it has mix the pace in the entry cấp độ sport bike category. The journeyman Ninja is now up khổng lồ 296 ccs in displacement, still divided between two liquid-cooled, upright, parallel cylinders now making an estimated 35 hp khổng lồ move sầu the 379-pound xe đạp down the road with entry level urgency. First-time sport bike buyers might not be able to lớn afford one of the bigger Ninjas, và maybe with all the power of those larger motorcycles they should consider starting here anyway. This Ninja is a great way khổng lồ get the feel of the road-racer sport xe đạp category with a little less of the risk. It offers many of the functional features found on the larger Nin-Ja models, too, lượt thích Digital Fuel Injection, a “slipper” clutch & ABS brakes.

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Rear suspension is a five-way adjustable Uni-Trak with 5.2

How Does It Ride? This is by far the smoothest, quietest bike in the class. Its upright parallel twin is much smoother than the last Nin-Ja 250 we rode way bachồng in 2008, & it’s likewise smoother & quieter than the single-cylinders of the competition.

Push the button & it starts without even a hiccup of hesitation, no matter if it’s warm, cold or anywhere in between. Kawasaki is proud of the FCC clutch on this xe đạp, the Assist feature of which helps with engagement & allows for a lighter lever action. However, on our xe đạp the lever engaged a little too far out on the handle for our tastes, but maybe that could be adjusted. We had khổng lồ keep our clutch h& at an angle lớn accommodate the engagement position. The engine revs so smoothly to 10,000 rpm và beyond (redline is at 13,000) that you almost forget which gear you’re in. The power and torque feel pretty evenly distributed across the tach, too, though as in all the 300-or-so-cc bikes in this class, there’s not a lot of either. We found that with an upright seating position, torso pointed skyward & flag-poling the breeze, the engine was turning 10,000 rpm at 90 mph and felt wound out. Tuck behind the windscreen & you’re clearing 100 mph easily. The tucked position was the most comfortable in the class, too, we’d say. Downshifting is also helped by the FCC clutch, which has a slipper function to lớn ease engagement và help limit what would otherwise be rear-wheel lockup for overzealous downshifters. The clutch really smooths out the shifting both up & down. Are we saying “smooth” too much? That’s just how the xe đạp is.

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Except maybe on LA’s notorious freeway hop. The rear suspension is adjustable five ways lớn accommodate different configurations và weights of rider(s). We didn’t try adjusting the rear Uni-Trak and maybe we should have. As it was the bounce was a little too much for comfort. On the twisting two-lanes of the Santa Monica Mountains, we didn’t get the same urge khổng lồ lean into apexes as we had riding the KTM RC 390, a strong entry in the is class. The Nin-Ja cornered well enough but not in the same way as the KTM or even the Yamaha R3, both of which made you want to slide a bun off the side and scrape something. It’s hard khổng lồ say why. Other riders may try this bike out và lượt thích it better than the competition. Ride everything in the class before you buy, we say. There’s a xe đạp for every body toàn thân.

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Do I Want It? At $5299 as tested with ABS ($4999 without), the Kawasaki is a svào entry in this growing field, all entries of which have sầu about 300 ccs and cost above or below $5000 or so. For the 2015 model year the Ninja 300 gets Dunlop TT900 GPhường tires, new graphics & some new color choices – Lime Green & Pearl Stardust White. Otherwise the 2015 Ninja 300 is the same great entry level option that makes the sport bike category so hot.

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BASE PRICE: $5299 ($4999 w/o ABS)

POWERTRAIN: 296cc twin

OUTPUT: 35 hp (published figure)

CURB WEIGHT: 384 pounds (mfg.)

FUEL ECONOMY: 66 mpg (mfg.)

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