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2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition
2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition

2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition Review

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New this year is the addition of a 2017 Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition. The 2017 Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition features frame sliders standard, a new double bubble windshield, passenger color-matched seat cowl with Winter Test emblem (the seat cowl is constructed from high quality ABS plastic and covers the stock rear seat, which is also included), wide rear tire and wide front wheel. It also comes standard with Bridgestone Battlax tires.

The Winter Test Edition paint and graphics scheme is used by the Kawasaki FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) team during their off-season test sessions, where engine parts and fairing shapes are perfected to provide next year's competitive advantage. The imposing stealth-like matte black scheme features minimal white graphics incorporating a snowflake with the Japanese symbol for winter. The Winter Test Edition allows you to get closer to the paint scheme of the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) factory racers and test riders.


Start your sportbike passion here. Inspired by Ninja® supersport heritage, the lightweight Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition motorcycle is a thrilling and agile ride powered by a compact but potent engine.

•Smooth Power: Compact 296cc parallel-twin engine delivers smooth response and strong acceleration
•New and exclusive: wider 150mm rear tire, taller windshield and rear seat cowl
•The imposing stealth-like matte black color and graphic scheme is used by the Kawasaki WorldSBK team during their off-season test sessions and features minimal white graphics incorporating a snowflake with the Japanese symbol for winter. The Winter Test Edition allows you to get closer to what factory racers and test riders experience while preparing for the next race season with the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT).



With similar styling and many of the performance-enhancing features found on Kawasaki’s flagship Ninja® sportbike
models, the Ninja® 300 is more than capable of eclipsing everything in the small-bore sportbike class.

The highly respected and capable Kawasaki Ninja® 300 ABS sport motorcycle returns for 2017 as the ideal lightweight sportbike for various riders.

The natural riding position of the Ninja 300 ABS motorcycle includes comfortable ergonomics, lightweight handling and nimble responses that combine to deliver a pleasurable ride on city streets, highways, backroads and racetracks.



2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition Key Features



NEW FOR 2017

Exclusive "Ninja® 300 ABS Winter Test Edition" in Flat Ebony with snowflake graphics on windscreen and tail cowl.
Taller windscreen for better wind protection.
Wider 150mm rear tire for enhanced traction and handling.
Standard seat cowl and frame sliders.


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition Features and Benefits

Parallel Twin Engine
Strong low- to mid-range torque makes it easy to pull away from a stop.
Light pistons help boost performance at all rpm and lowers compression ratio to help reduce piston temperatures so that the Ninja 300 runs on regular gasoline.
Oil jets spray the pistons, which have a groove to help direct the oil to the entire underside of each piston, to contribute to piston cooling,
Short piston pin helps reduce reciprocating mass to maintain high-revving engine character.
Open-deck sleeveless aluminum die-cast cylinder with T-treatment(KP) plated cylinder bores is light and increases heat dissipation.
Crankcase design features a large-volume, finned oil pan that contributes to cooling performance.
Equipped with a spin-on oil filter for easy maintenance.

Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)(KP)
DFI provides easy starting, smooth idling, increased performance and better fuel mileage.
Equipped with dual throttle valves(KP) for optimum performance and rideabilty. Sub-throttles, located before the main throttle valves in the throttle bore, are controlled by the ECU to precisely control airflow for a natural, linear throttle response.

Tuned Exhaust System
Large-diameter header pipes and center pipe help boost top-end power.
Long, curved header pipes help increase low- to mid-range torque.
Complex cross-section muffler provides appropriate volume to meet sound regulations and allows good lean angle for cornering. The short, compact design also helps centralize mass.

FCC Assist & Slipper Clutch(KP)
Using the rotational forces of the clutch hub and pressure plate, the clutch is forced together during acceleration (Assist function) so that fewer and lighter clutch springs can be used for a lighter feel at the lever. During high back-torque, such as when too low of gear is selected, the Slipper function allows some clutch slippage to help prevent engine lock-up and stalling, and rear-wheel hop.

Six-Speed Transmission
Roller-type shift drum provides smooth actuation and great shift feeling.
Final gearing designed for optimum acceleration.

Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS)(KP)
A cover for the fan at the rear of the radiator directs hot air down to the ground below the engine to help keep it away from the rider and fuel tank for increased rider comfort, especially when idling at a stop.

Positive Neutral Finder(KP)
Just lift the shift lever from first gear at a stop to easily select neutral.
A Kawasaki exclusive user-friendly feature.

Rigid Frame
Wide main pipes under tank are made of high-tensile steel and have added gusseting to enhance torsional rigidity for improved sportbike handling.
Rubber front engine mounts tame engine vibrations for a smooth ride.

Supple Suspension
Front and rear spring rates work with the damping settings to provide comfort on bumpy city streets and a firm, planted feel in the corners.
Works in conjunction with frame rigidity to improve handling.

ABS (BGF / BGFA Model)
Anti-Lock Braking System (ABS) assists braking under certain conditions.
Uses Nissin ABS unit that is small and compact.

Sporty 10-spoke wheel design.
Wide 140-series rear tire contributes to straight-line stability and adds a strong supersport image.
Wider 150-Series rear tire on KRT and winter test edition models further enhances handling.

Aggressive Ninja Design
Mass-forward styling gives the Ninja 300 a direct link to the Kawasaki Ninja sportbike family.
Large vent openings in the fairing contribute to heat management.
Dual multi-reflector headlight design is shared with the Ninja® ZX™-6R.
Mirror design increases rearward visibility.
Bodywork joined using a combination of push-rivets, hooks and bolts to minimize visibility of fasteners.

Slim Cockpit
Seat is slim between the thighs to make it easier for riders to reach the ground.
Aluminum footpegs provide a more direct feel. Knurling is designed for reduced wear on foot attire.
Analog tachometer and digital LCD display contribute to advanced tech, high-quality image.
Tachometer dial color enhances overall appearance, and at night backlighting makes the clear and colored transparent sections easy to read at glance.



2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $5599 USD

4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled
Bore x Stroke
62.0 x 49.0mm
Compression ratio
Fuel System
DFI® with 32mm throttle bodies (2)
TCBI with digital advance
6-speed, return shift
Final Drive
Sealed Chain
Electronic Rider Aids
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
37mm hydraulic telescopic fork/4.7 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
Uni-Trak® with 5-way adjustable preload/5.2 in
Front Tire
Rear Tire
Front Brakes
Single 290mm petal-type disc with 2-piston hydraulic caliper, ABS
Rear Brakes
Single 220mm petal-type disc with 2-piston hydraulic caliper, ABS
Frame Type
Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
27°/3.7 in
Overall Length
79.3 in
Overall Width
28.1 in
Overall Height
43.7 in
Ground Clearance
5.5 in
Seat Height
30.9 in
Curb Weight
383.7 lb**
Fuel Capacity
4.5 gal
55.3 in
Color Choices
Flat Ebony
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36 or 48 months


2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $6299 CAD

Displacement 296cc
Type 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Bore and stroke 62.0 x 49.0 mm
Cooling Liquid-cooled
Compression ratio 10.6:1
Valve system DOHC, 8 valves
Fuel system Fuel Injection: 32mm x 2 (Keihin)
Ignition Digital
Lubrication Forced Lubrication, wet sump
Front: type Single 290 mm petal disc
Front: calipers Single balanced actuation dual-piston
Rear: type Single 220mm petal disc
Rear: calipers Dual-piston
Overall length 2,015mm
Overall width 715mm
Overall height 1,110mm
Wheelbase 1,405mm
Ground clearance 140mm
Seat height 785mm
Curb mass** 174kg
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Seeled chain
Primary reduction ratio 3.087 (71/23)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.714 (38/14)
Gear ratio: 2nd 1.789 (34/19)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.409 (31/22)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.160 (29/25)
Gear ratio: 5th 1.000 (27/27)
Gear ratio: 6th .857 (24/28)
Final reduction ratio 3.000 (42/14)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Tube diamond,steel
Wheel travel: front 120mm
Tire: front 110/70-17 M/C 54S
Wheel travel: rear 132mm
Tire: rear 140/70-17 M/C 66S
Caster (rake) 27°
Trail 93mm
Steering angle (left/right) 35° / 35°
Maximum Power‡ 29.0 kW {39PS} / 11,000
Maximum Torque‡ 27.0 N·m {2.8 kgf·m} / 10,000 rpm
Suspension, front 37mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas charged shock and 5-way adjustable preload
Warranty 12 months warranty




2017 Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition - European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

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