It’s all happening in the entry-level performance motorcycle segment. Just a few days after BMW Motorrad commenced the bookings of the G 310 R and the G 310 GS last month, KTM announced the launch of the 390 Adventure. The BMWs have now been launched but they have another rival to worry about. Kawasaki has now introduced the updated Ninja 300 at Rs 2.98 lakh – down from Rs 3.60 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi). This essentially brings it closer to its single-cylinder rival KTM RC390 and it also undercuts the recently launched BMW G 310 R as well as the Yamaha YZF-R3. The 2018 iteration of the Ninja 300 will be available in two colour options lime green/ebony and candy plasma blue. Along with the reduced price, Kawasaki will also offer a three-year unlimited kilometres warranty with the motorcycle.
Aside from these changes the Ninja 300 remains more or less unchanged. It continues to be powered by the same 296cc parallel twin motor. This motor continues to make 38bhp and 27Nm and is paired to a 6-speed transmission. The Ninja 300 comes fitted with an assist and slipper clutch and a dual-channel ABS too.
Speaking about the launch Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director, India Kawasaki Motors said, “We just started localizing for Ninja 300 ABS as a part of our expansion plan. Initiatives like “Make in India” have also been encouraging factors in increasing localization. The localization gives us a benefit to set a very competitive price, because of which we can offer many new customers an opportunity to enjoy our product and also start experiencing fun of supersports riding.”
So far, the Ninja 300 has always demanded a huge premium over its competitors, but the reduction in price should help it gain more momentum.