The 2013 Ninja 300 features a new frame using high-tensile steel main tubes that are 150 percent 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, so 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, the OEM stated.
Front and rear suspension tuning has been adjusted to complement 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 also features a new floating windscreen design to help minimize buffeting and provide smoother airflow around the rider’s helmet.
The 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, Kawasaki stated.
Posted by Mary Slepicka. Press images courtesy Kawasaki.