The highly respected and capable Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS sport motorcycle returns for 2017 as the ideal lightweight sport bike for various riders. You’ll be impressed with its agility, power and the confidence-creating control you’ll enjoy when riding the Winter Test Edition. And as it was for me, it feels, looks and rides like it’s 600cc sisters!
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, back roads and racetracks.
2017 Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition
New this year in the Ninja 300 category, is the addition of a 2017 Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition. This special edition must be seen, the photos don’t do its styling justice. The Winter Test Edition has its own set of features making it look anything BUT like a smaller sized 300 – it really looks like the real race deal. And the idea with this Ninja Winter Test Edition is to allow you to get closer to the paint scheme of the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) factory racers and test riders.
Features Exclusive to the Ninja 300 Winter Test Edition:
- Frame sliders.
- New double bubble windshield.
- Passenger colour-matched seat cowl with Winter Test snowflake emblem. Note: 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.
- Comes with 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 magnificent stealth-like matte black scheme features minimal white graphics incorporating a snowflake with the Japanese symbol for winter.
NINJA 300 ENGINE
This Winter Test edition Ninja 300 ABS motorcycle is liquid-cooled 296cc parallel-twin engine, which is tuned to deliver strong low and mid-range torque for a crisp throttle response, as well as excellent power on the open road. Much of its prowess can be attributed to advanced digital fuel injection, which helps manage cold starting while providing excellent throttle response.
The six-speed consecutive transmission features the Kawasaki positive neutral finder, making it a cinch to select neutral when stopped. A premium FCC clutch features assist and slipper functions, which reduce lever effort to help lower fatigue, and reduce rear-wheel “hop” that can be associated with downshifting.
These features provide the rider with greater control in various environments.
“It’s a lightweight Ninja sportbike with performance, style, comfort and huge fun factor!”
CHASSIS AND SUSPENSION
Not only is the Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS motorcycle regarded as one of the best lightweight sport-bikes in the category, it is more than capable of surprising competitors in tight, technical corners. The suspension was tuned to complement the rigid frame, so the spring rates provide a comfortable ride on city streets without compromising the sportbike handling that confirms it is a true Ninja motorcycle.
Its combination of digital and analogue instruments feature a large, easy-to-read tachometer coupled with a multi-function LCD display including a speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge and digital clock. The digital screen also incorporates an Economical Riding Indicator (ECO) to alert the rider when they are operating the Ninja 300 ABS motorcycle in a style that maximizes fuel economy.
The new 2017 Ninja 300 Winter Test Edition is a Flat Ebony scheme and minimal white graphics.
Check out the other Kawasaki Ninja 300 colour combos in:
- Ninja 300 – Pearl Blizzard White
- Ninja 300 – Candy Plasma Blue
- Ninja 300 ABS – Pearl Blizzard White
- Ninja 300 ABS – Candy Plasma Blue
- Ninja 300 ABS KRT – Lime Green / Ebony
Whoever said “it’s just a 300” was all wrong. In fact this has been the case with the Ninja 300 for a few years now. Kawasaki Ninja 300 ABS Winter Test Edition is full of performance, power, agility and because of its lighter-weight, you’ll feel confident and in control. The fun factor is huge!
Who is the Ninja 300 Winter Test Edition for?
Anyone loving a racy sporty styled motorcycle; for commuters; those needing a lower insurance policy as the 300cc falls into a lower cost bracket.
I would really avoid the thought process of thinking this is a short-term option, as with all it’s features it is truly packed full of fun and possibilities.
Read the full features and specifications on the Kawasaki website as well as details for a retailer near you.
By Vicki Gray
Editor, founder MOTORESS; motorcycle basic, advanced and race instructor certified for over 28 years. Motorcycle On-road and race licensing examiner. Coached, taught, examined riders for European, Caribbean and North American training institutes.