Kawasaki Ninja 300: Green Energy

I’d thought earlier that the lack of ABS would tell, but it really doesn’t, as far as I’m concerned. In an emergency, I suppose it could. But the dynamic package that is the Ninja 300 doesn’t leave anything to be desired. The tyres are great at keeping a grip on things, the handling is light, quick and surefooted, and you never feel the bike’s 172kg kerb weight influencing proceedings. There really is nothing I can find fault with here, except something that is no fault of the motorcycle itself – its price.   

It does seem as if the Ninja 300 has priced itself out of the game, doesn’t it? Especially when you consider that the KTM Duke 390 will offer more power for much less money. Yes, the 300’s got the slipper clutch, an amazingly useable motor and kill-a-bunch-of-bystanders looks. But more than that, it really does behave like half a mad inline-four, and that’s something the Duke can’t do. This newfound aggression makes me confident that the new Ninja’s not going to give up without a fight. It’s going to be a long, hot summer, but things are looking greener already.

(Words: Kartik Ware, Photos: Himanshu Pandya)