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2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS
2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS
2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS
2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS
2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS



2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS Review

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS

Whether referring to engine or chassis performance, or the latest available technology, the name “Ninja” implies the very best that Kawasaki has to offer. In the case of the all-new Ninja 300, it means a larger-displacement 296cc engine with the power and torque to eclipse everything in its class…

The Premium Lightweight Sportbike

At first glance, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS might be mistaken for a middleweight sportbike, and studying its spec sheet isn’t going to offer many clues to the contrary. The Ninja 300 boasts many performance-enhancing features found on larger Ninja models, such as a digital fuel injection system, an F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions, and an incredibly light and compact motorcycle ABS brake system. Not only is the Ninja 300 the best lightweight sportbike available today, it is also more than capable of surprising hard-edged competitors with twice its displacement in tight and technical corners. Compared to most sportbikes, the Ninja 300 SE ABS also offers a more comfortable seating position and an easy reach to the ground, for ease of use and maximum day-to-day riding enjoyment.

Ninja 300’s hearty 296cc liquid-cooled, parallel twin is tuned to deliver strong low-end and mid-range torque for around-town rideability as well as excellent high-rpm power for spirited riding, yet this over-achieving performance is silky smooth, thanks to its digital fuel injection (DFI®) system, which helps ensure easy cold starting, excellent throttle response and great fuel efficiency.

In addition to its long-stroke 296cc displacement, other Ninja 300 engine features include: a low-friction cam chain for maximum power and efficiency, a moderate 10.6:1 compression ratio that allows the use of regular gasoline, and lightweight pistons that feature a hard anodized coating for low-friction and maximum performance at all rpm.


Those high-tech pistons are effectively cooled by a crankcase design that directs a spray of cooling oil across their bottom surfaces. Lightweight piston pins help reduce reciprocating weight without sacrificing an impressively high redline, and the sleeveless “open-deck” die-cast aluminum cylinders feature a friction-reducing “T-treatment” plating for maximum durability. A large-volume, 2.4-liter oil pan with cooling fins helps keep operating temperatures in check, but is shaped to allow maximum ground clearance. An easy-to-access cartridge type spin-on oil filter helps simplify maintenance.

Its six-speed sequential transmission features Kawasaki’s positive neutral finder to make finding neutral a cinch when stopped. This efficient engine and transmission help the Ninja 300 provide plenty of enjoyment from the initial learning curve, all the way through advanced sport riding, track days, and club racing.

A premium quality F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions helps reduce lever effort by up to 25%, and helps the clutch plates handle the 300’s engine output. The clutch’s unique “slipper” design also helps reduce rear wheel-hop that can be caused by aggressive downshifting.

Anti-lock front and rear disc brakes are equipped with a compact, lightweight Nissin ABS system for extra peace of mind when road conditions are questionable. Its 290mm front and 220mm petal-type rear brake rotors are gripped by powerful two-piston hydraulic calipers. Like all Kawasaki Ninja models, the 300 is equipped with high-quality components that were tuned using feedback from professional riders at Kawasaki’s incredible Autopolis race circuit to help ensure class-leading performance and an entertaining ride for even the most advanced riders.

Though the main frame is highly rigid for optimum handling, not all rigidity is positive; that’s why Kawasaki engineers designed special front engine isolation mounts that help make this Ninja noticeably smoother than the lightweight sportbike competition, despite the extra power produced by its 296cc engine.

The Ninja 300 sportbike’s front and rear suspension is tuned to complement that rigid frame. Its spring rates provide a comfortable ride on rough city streets, without compromising the legendary sportbike handling that makes it a true Ninja.


Aggressive bodywork features a sharp-edged design and offers effective heat management with superb aerodynamics. This modern sportbike not only looks great, but also features a modern floating windscreen design that helps minimize buffeting for smooth airflow around the rider’s helmet. Those seeking a little extra spice in their sportbike may want to consider the Ninja 300 SE ABS SE featuring special color options and uniquely aggressive supersport graphics.

Ninja 300’s digital/analog combo instrument panel features a large easy-to-read analog tachometer coupled with a digital multifunction display that includes speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, and digital clock functions. The attractive instrument panel also features indicator lights, while the digital screen incorporates a handy economical riding indicator (ECO) that illuminates to alert riders when they are operating the Ninja 300 in a manner that will maximize fuel economy.

A natural riding position and comfortable ergonomics combine with lightweight handling and nimble response to deliver pure pleasure everywhere from city streets and highways, to twisty backroads and even racetracks. Full-size, 17-inch, 10-spoke wheels contribute to this great handling package.

Lightweight and agile, the Ninja 300 delivers low ownership costs coupled with effortless class-leading sportbike performance!

An extensive range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available through authorized Kawasaki dealers.


 

 

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

Key Features

– ABS brakes boost rider confidence

– Low 30.9-inch seat height and tapered seat boosts confidence for smaller riders

– 296cc liquid-cooled, parallel-twin design offers far superior highway passing power and clearly dominant acceleration compared to other lightweight sportbikes

– Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) system uses dual 32mm throttle bodies and provides outstanding throttle response and superb fuel economy

– F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions provides excellent power handling capabilities with a light feel at the lever. Design also makes clutch easy to modulate and reduces the effect of back-torque to help minimize wheel hop when downshifting

– Sportbike bodywork features an aggressive and edgy design with strong Ninja family DNA that sets the Ninja 300 apart from its lightweight sportbike competitors

– High-tensile frame provides optimum flex for superior feel and agility compared to the competition

– 10-spoke 17-inch sportbike wheels look great and can fit premium sportbike rubber for optimum handling

– Six-speed transmission features a roller-type shift drum for smooth actuation coupled with strong gears for maximum durability. It also offers wide selection of ratios to match varied riding conditions and its positive neutral finder makes it easy to find neutral when stopped

– Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) uses a special deflector to channel hot air from the back of the radiator, so that it exits the bottom of the motorcycle, instead of being blown onto the rider when the fan is active. This makes hot days and slow traffic much cooler than it would be if riding another brand of lightweight sportbike

 

 

 

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

296cc Parallel-Twin Cylinder Engine

– Compact parallel-twin design offers good mass centralization for nimble handling

– Tuned to deliver smooth, step-free power with excellent mid-range and high-rpm power for effective highway performance

– Low-friction cam chain design promotes maximum power and efficiency

– Moderate 10.6:1 compression ratio allows the use of regular 87-octane unleaded gasoline and helps reduce operating temperatures

– High-tech pistons reduce reciprocating weight and feature a hard anodized coating to minimize friction and boost performance at every rpm

– Sleeveless “open-deck” die-cast aluminum cylinders are minimize weight and feature a friction-reducing “T-treatment” plating

– Crank journal bearings are made from a strong alloy for maximum durability

– Large-volume 2.4 liter oil pan features cooling fins and excellent ground clearance

– Easy-to-access cartridge type spin-on oil filter helps simplify maintenance

Exhaust System

– Long, curved 2-into-1 header design contributes to the Ninja 300’s low- and mid-range torque and smooth, step-free power curve

– Complex geometry silencer design offers modern styling and meets all regulations without compromising engine performance

– Large brushed-finish metal silencer guard reduce noise and helps protect passenger from exhaust heat

– Meets strict Euro 3 emission standards with a single catalyzer in the collector section


Liquid Cooling with KAMS

– Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) uses a special deflector to redirect hot air from the radiator fan, so it exits the bottom of the motorcycle instead of being blown onto the rider

– Lightweight Denso radiator offers effective engine cooling with minimal space and weight

– Fan design uses a quiet-running motor that also saves space

– Fins on the lower side of the crankcase provide additional engine cooling

Six-speed Transmission with F.C.C. Assist & Slipper Clutch

– Premium F.C.C. clutch with assist and slipper functions can handle more power with significantly less lever effort than traditional clutches

– Clutch design also makes it easy to modulate and helps reduce the effect of back-torque for reduced wheel-hop when downshifting

– Six-speed transmission features a roller-type shift drum for smooth actuation and strong gears for maximum durability. It also offers wide selection of ratios to match varied riding conditions and its positive neutral finder makes it easy to find neutral when stopped

– Involute splines minimize friction and backlash between gears and shafts for easy gear-meshing and smooth shifting under power

Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®)

– Dual 32mm Keihin throttle bodies and a digital ECU offer easy starting, crisp throttle response, and help provide low fuel consumption

ABS Disc Brakes with Petal-type Rotors

– ABS brakes feature an incredibly compact Nissin ABS unit.

– The entire ABS system weighs only 4.5 lbs.

– Large-diameter, 290mm front petal disc and a balanced action two-piston caliper offer excellent braking performance and a natural, direct feeling at the lever

– Two-piston caliper grips the rear 220mm petal disc

Rigid Sportbike Chassis

– High-tensile steel frame uses rigid main pipes for optimum chassis response and steering precision

– Frame design and chassis tuning offer confidence-inspiring stability at both high and low speeds

– Beefy swingarm bracket contributes to the frame’s rigidity and helps achieve an optimal balance of chassis stiffness

– Square-beam swingarm complements the frame’s rigidity

Suspension

– 37mm telescopic front fork complements the rigid frame and wide rear tire

– Uni-Trak® rear suspension linkage helps provide predictable sportbike handling and good ride comfort

– Rear shock features 5-way adjustable preload to help manage rear ride height whether riding solo or with a passenger

Wheels & Tires

– Attractive 17-inch 10-spoke wheels allow fitment of modern sportbike tires

– IRC RX-01R tires were developed in conjunction with Kawasaki and are a perfect match for the sporting dynamics of the 2014 Ninja 300 sportbike. They also provide excellent performance over a very wide range of operating conditions


High-Tech Instrumentation

– Large easy-to-read analog tachometer

– Multifunction digital display features an easy-to-read speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, digital clock and warning lights

– Economical riding indicator (ECO) illuminates to let the rider know when they are operating the Ninja 300 in a manner that will maximize fuel economy

Aerodynamic Bodywork

– Sportbike bodywork features an aggressive and edgy design with strong Ninja family DNA that sets the Ninja 300 apart from its lightweight sportbike competitors

– Modern floating windscreen design helps reduce turbulence and rider fatigue

– Aggressive dual-lamp headlight design, minimalist tail section and separate seats further enhance this sportbike’s aggressive appearance

– Two helmet holders conveniently located under the rear seat

– Two-stage under-seat storage compartment can hold a small U-lock or similar device and is hinged for easy access to the tool kit

– Two hooks under the tail, plus two behind the rear passenger pegs provide anchor points for securing items to the rear of the bike

Ergonomics

– Rider’s seat design is narrower near its front section, making it easier for riders to reach the ground

– Passenger seat features a flat angle which makes it easy to secure cargo or soft luggage

– Slightly forward-slanting seat and wide, slightly raised handlebars give the Ninja 300 a naturally comfortable riding position

Genuine Kawasaki Accessories

– All accessories approved by Kawasaki engineers

– Color Matched Seat Cowl is factory designed with integrated styling cues and molded pad perfectly color matched to your Ninja 300

– Three optional gel seats provide additional comfort. They are available in standard, carbon fiber, and Kawi Girl™ finishes for a customized look

– Tank Bag and Soft Top Case custom designed tank bag made exclusively for the Ninja 300. Can be installed or removed quickly, multiple storage areas for your gear expandable for carrying larger items

– “Tall” Windscreen factory designed for easy installation 3” taller bubble design adds wind protection. Features an optically correct 3-D curvature

– Fuel Tank/Knee Pad features matching graphics and helps protect the paint on the fuel tank while also providing better grip at the rider interface. A touch of personalization to enhance its sportbike styling

– Engine Guards factory designed for easy installation helps reduce the possibility of bodywork damage in case of tip over

 


 

 


 

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $5,299 / SE: $5,499 USD


2014 Kawasaki Ninja® 300 ABS Specifications*

Engine:

Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin

Displacement:

296cc

Bore x stroke:

62.0 x 49.0mm

Compression ratio:

10.6:1

Cooling:

Liquid

Fuel injection:

DFI® with dual 32mm throttle bodies

Ignition:

TCBI with digital advance

Transmission:

Six-speed

Final drive:

Chain

Frame:

Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel

Wheelbase:

55.3 in.

Rake / trail:

27 degrees / 3.7 in.

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:

110/70-17

Rear tire:

140/70-17

Front brake:

Single 290mm petal-type disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper and ABS

Rear brake:

Single 220mm petal-type disc with two-piston hydraulic caliper and ABS

Overall length:

79.3 in.

Overall width:

28.1 in.

Overall height:

43.7 in.

Seat height:

30.9 in.

Curb weight:

383.7 lbs.

Fuel capacity:

4.5 gal.

Color:

Ebony,

Lime Green / Ebony with Special Edition Graphics,

Pearl Stardust White / Ebony with Special Edition Graphics

MSRP STD / SE:

$5,299 / SE: $5,499


Warranty:

12 months

Optional Good Times™ Protection Plan

12, 24, 36 or 48 months

 

 


 

2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN

Engine


Type 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Displacement 296cc
Bore and stroke 62.0 x 49.0 mm
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
Cooling Liquid-cooled


Brakes


Front: type Single 290 mm petal disc
Front: calipers Single balanced actuation dual-piston
Rear: type Single 220mm petal disc
Rear: calipers Dual-piston


Dimensions


Overall length 2,015mm
Overall width 715mm
Overall height 1,110mm
Wheelbase 1,405mm
Seat height 785mm
Curb mass** 174kg
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Ground clearance 140mm


Drivetrain


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


Frame


Type Tube diamond,steel
Wheel travel: front 120mm
Wheel travel: rear 132mm
Tire: front 110/70-17 M/C 54S
Tire: rear 140/70-17 M/C 66S
Caster (rake) 27°
Trail 93mm
Steering angle (left/right) 35° / 35°


Performance


Maximum Power‡ 29.0 kW {39PS} / 11,000
Maximum Torque‡ 27.0 N·m {2.8 kgf·m} / 10,000 rpm


Suspension


Suspension, front 37mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas charged shock and 5-way adjustable preload


* The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. The amount indicated as “Your price” may include an optional instant Mega Cash credit that is deducted from the manufacturer’s suggested retail price before taxes. This promotion is time limited and certain conditions will apply. See your dealer for complete details. Offer not available on financed purchases and cannot be combined with any other special offers. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)

‡ Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft.

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.

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