The Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS, of all the expectations people had about new 300cc class motorcycles being introduced to the market in 2015, not many people had the idea that the Kawasaki Ninja 300 would remain at the front of the 300cc motorcycle category. With the introduction of the Yamaha YZF-R3 to the market, that was probably the last thing anyone expected.
But Kawasaki has drawn on its decades of experience in the category to continue to provide the most well-rounded sportbike for the 250 to 300cc motorcycle category, its Kawasaki Ninja 300 combining a smooth-revving engine with rock-solid chassis that helps the motorcycle appeal to riders with a wide range of experience levels.
Key to the Kawasaki Ninja 300's performance is the recently updated 296cc parallel-twin engine, which builds power in a smoother and more linear fashion than any other engine in the category and without the heat or vibration that you can find on some other motorcycles with the same combustion size. The chassis is the second key point, as it offers the most composed feel and immediately allows new riders to explore higher lean angles almost right out of the gate. Likewise, the suspension feels well damped and balanced.
The Kawasaki Ninja's footrests are a little high and rearward, and its clip-ons set farther forward than for example the Yamaha YZF-R3, but the overall riding position is not dramatically less comfortable. Likewise, a larger fuel tank makes the tank/seat junction feel a little more combersome compared to other motorcycles, but being a few litters bigger than the Yamaha YZF-R3, it allows the Ninja 300 to cover upward of about 325 kilometers on a single fuel tank and without making the reach to the ground feel unreasonable.
It really doesn't matter where those kilometers take you either, because the Kawasaki Ninja 300 works well in any situation, without making big compromises around town, on twisty mountain roads, or on the freeway. And that's what makes it such good, well-rounded motorcycle.