Kawasaki Ninja’s amazing ignition noise is good enough to give someone the best shivers in their lives. The Ninja 300 is a 300 cc motorbike which is apparently on in the company’s lower range motorbikes, yet the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is one of the best 300 cc motorbikes in the segment. On the other hand, Yamaha YZF-R3 is another 300 cc motorbike in its worthiest pride and glory. Yamaha India launched the YZF-R3 model in August 2015 and it’s imported as a Completely Knocked Down (CKD) motorbike in India, later assembled in home grounds. Yamaha YZF-R3 is slightly on the higher sides in terms of engine displacement and lower in the price, vice versa for Kawasaki Ninja 300’s case. If you want to stay budget friendly in India then Yamaha YZF-R3 is the one you should get. On the other hand, a Kawasaki Ninja 300 offers the best in class performance that’s one of its kind.
Kawasaki Ninja 300
Kawasaki operates through Bajaj’s marketing channels in India. However, the motorbikes they sell in India are pure Kawasaki, there’s no Bajaj influence in there. Apart from Bajaj Probiking outlets in India, Kawasaki has some independent outlets as well and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is available through all these channels. The Ninja 300 comes with a 296 cc double overhead cam (DOHC) engine that pulls off a maximum of 38 bhp power and 27 Nm of torque. Not only the acceleration in Kawasaki Ninja 300 is excellent, but also the control and stability is unmatched with anything else in this category. Kawasaki had kept the rider in mind while designing the ergonomics of this model, therefore a rider is going to find themselves in perfect sitting position no matter what. With the first independent Kawasaki title to bear in India, this motorbike is certainly going to take a rider to places.
- Comfortable seating for both rider and pillion. With a low profile seating, rider gets utmost comfort and stability. There’s foot pegs for the pillion so they can seat in comfort and secure themselves as well.
- The motorbike is equipped with slipper clutch. Since the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is meant to be a sports bike, there’s supposed to frequent downshifts and the rider stays safe in any such scenario.
- With longer wheelbase and 140 mm ground clearance, Kawasaki Ninja 300 handles excellent even in busy traffic.
- 4 lacs is a pretty high price tag for a motorbike. Unless you are super enthusiastic about motorbikes, you may not want to spend this much.
- Low mileage, around 15-20 kmpl in city riding.
- The pillion seat is smaller and located high; could be a problem for some.
Price: Rs. 402,574.
Back in December 2015, Yamaha India released one of the most anticipated motorbikes in Indian market – the Yamaha YZF-R3. It is imported as a CKD motorbike and later assembled in the Indian Yamaha facilities. The engine displacement is 321 cc with 41.4 bhp maximum power and 29.6 Nm maximum torque. There’s no kick starter, electric self-starter starts the powerful motor in an instant. With a 6-speed transmission and 188 kmph top speed, Yamaha YZF-R3 is not really a bad competitor against the Kawasaki Ninja 300. It’s priced a lot lower as well.
- The engine is quite powerful, accelerates very smoothly to the top speed range.
- Due to the bike’s weight distribution and design, it maneuvers through busy traffic a lot easily.
- Being a low priced high-end motorbike, Yamaha YZF-R3 offers a higher value for money.
- In the Indian CKD variant, there’s no ABS option.
- Having a slipper clutch would have made the ride much safer.
- Tires are mid-level units, buyer may need a replacement soon.
Price: Rs. 362,255.