Kawasaki Ninja 300: Green Energy

I don’t believe global warming exists. But I have no great scientific theories to back this up with. I say it only because Jeremy Clarkson says so, and he seems to know what he’s talking about. At least we all hope so. The reason I bring this up is, I wonder what he’d have to say about the heat these days. No doubt about it – we’re in for a long, hot summer.

It’s on my first proper taste of summer heat that I find myself sat on the new Kawasaki Ninja 300. The moment I twist the throttle, it seems as if I’ve walked into a furnace. It’s a heat that seems intent on evaporating my very being. Watching heat-seeking missiles in this weather would be funnier than Charlie Chaplin, Peter Sellers and Jim Carrey put together.

However, at 10,000rpm, the Ninja makes a sound that makes my hair stand on end. Much to my surprise, I realise this hair standing results in increasing my own surface area for better heat dissipation, much like fins on air-cooled engines. So, at 10,000 is where we stay. Everywhere. Flawless engineering-derived logic, that. The astonishing thing is, even in this heat, the Ninja doesn’t so much as bat its Japanese eyelids. What’s more, that shade of green is soothing and welcome, given the bleak, brown scenery all around us.