Japanese bikemaker, Kawasaki has subtly introduced a new livery on the Ninja 300 and christened it the Ninja 300 KRT Edition. The quarter-litre motorcycle will have a replica of the Kawasaki Racing Team's WSBK ZX-10R paint scheme in a combination of green and black. The livery looks brilliant and exudes a more sporty appeal.It is priced at Rs 3.61 lakh, ex-showroom, Mumbai
Apart from this, there are no other changes over the 2016 Ninja 300. The bike is still powered by a 296 cc parallel twin engine that generates 38.4 hp power at 11,000 rpm and 27 Nm at 10,000 rpm and send power to the rear wheel via a 6-speed transmission that has a slipper clutch for better high-speed gear shifts. The engine sits on a steel tube diamond frame and weighs 172 kg. The suspension setup also has no changes and the front is a 37 mm telescopic fork with 120 mm wheel travel while the rear is a 5-way adjustable preload monoshock unit.
In terms of safety, the 2016 Ninja 300 sits on 110/70 and 140/70 section 17-inch tubeless tyres with petal disc brakes at both ends. According to the company, the braking performance and can stop quickly. That said, ABS is still not a part of the package (which is available in the international models) that in present the more affordable KTM RC 390. In terms of the price, the only competition to this quarter-litre is the Yamaha YZF-R3 which missed out not only on ABS, but a slipper clutch as well.
Overall, with the new livery, the does bring out an appeal to the bike, however no mechanical updates especially an ABS to improve safety is the need of hour.