This brief video review of the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 supplements our written report posted a few days ago here. Take a look back at that article if you want all of the additional details.
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It is refreshing to see something innovative that is not in the usual tradition of the last decades of simply bigger, faster and louder passing as new.
I have owned 4 250 ninjas over the years because they are so much fun. The 300 must be amazing, but it is going to be hard to choose between that, a CBR 500 or a 650 Ninja. I also owned the first gen 650 ninja and it was darn good too. I just need to win the lotto so I can have them all.
Most Americans purchase a bike wondering how they’ll be perceived when they’re seen riding upon it. We tend to want to purchase a different persona, rather than a functunal need. We will sacrifice common sense to address our insecurities. This machine will be purchased by naive youngsters, who are starting to spread their wings and old dogs, who appreciate enginering, value, handling, and most of all—- independance. Nothing is cooler than a small, efficient, sweet handling steed. Nothing turns my head more than a small machine that I don’t recognize. This damned thing is going to give me whiplash. Spot on and BEAUTIFUL!
I thought there would be tons of posts on this particular bike….I was dead wrong! Perhaps more interest will be displayed in the showroom. Maybe folks are looking at the asking price and then searching the used market and finding 3X the performance @ ½ the price!
No doubt there’s bang for the buck in the used market but for those who want to buy new this and other more recent smaller bikes make excellent mounts to start off on. Then too, there’s been a resurgence of people getting back to the basics and mastering their technique with bikes that won’t scare them to death. Can’t be a used market unless someone buys new.
57 so far…add the posts to the written review from a few days ago.
103 comments on the new “Indian” and only 10 for the Kawi 300? Something is definitely wrong here…
Cool bike, will sell well to those that appreciate small bikes that are fun to ride.
Not interested, though a that engine in a mini AdvTourer or KLR style bike might get me more interested.
or just make the klr650 a 6 speed
I was thinking something a little more compact. The KLR is a big man’s dual sport!
I love the KLX bikes, but 250 is in the “too small” category for getting down the road.
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