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Kawasaki Ninja 300 bookings begin in India

Team OD  /
09 May 2013 16:13:02 IST

Bajaj Pro-biking dealers are taking bookings for the much-awaited Kawasaki Ninja 300 in India. A dealer told us that they have started accepting bookings with a down-payment of Rs 40,000. Customers can expect delivery in 45-60 days. While the final prices will be revealed on April 10, the dealer says that on-road in Mumbai, the 300 will cost around Rs 4 lakh. The dealer also let us onto another juicy bit â€" the Ninja 300 will be available in its trademark lime green livery as well as a new white colour. Contrary to online reports, Bajaj have confirmed separately that the April 10 launch will be a Kawasaki only event. This makes complete sense to us because both the Ninja 300 and the 390 Duke are way too important to steal each others limelight.

The Ninja 300 is a comprehensively updated version of the previous Ninja 250R. As you can see, the styling is all new and that sharp fairing wraps around a nearly all-new motorcycle. The engine is a longer-stroke version of the Ninja 250R's but it's new. There are new pistons, lower compression - and therefore a new cylinder head. The motorcycle makes 39PS and 27Nm, about 20 per cent more than the 250R. It also gets new dual throttle-body fuel injection a la ZX-6R as well as a new steel tube frame that is more rigid and new suspension settings for better dynamics. The rear tyre is now a 140 and there is a slipper clutch as well as optional ABS on the spec list too. On April 10, we will find out if the ABS variant makes it to India or not.

Check out our February 2013 issue for the first ride of the Kawasaki Ninja 300

Here is a standing comparo between the Ninja 300 and the KTM 390 Duke

Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 2,98,000
Displacement
296cc
Transmission
6-Speed
Max Power(ps)
39.00
Max Torque(Nm)
27.00
Mileage
28.06 Kmpl
Price (Ex-Delhi)
Starts Rs 2,35,931
Displacement
373cc
Transmission
6-Speed
Max Power(ps)
43.50
Max Torque(Nm)
37.00
Mileage
25.00 Kmpl

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