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2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Announced – for Europe
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Kawasaki Europe has pulled the wraps off a new Ninja 300, a larger-displacement version of its popular entry-level Ninja 250.
We first broke the news of an new Kawasaki Ninja 300 last week when the model was included in a list of 2013 motorcycles released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. As we reported, the new model is powered by a fuel-injected 296cc four-valve twin-cylinder engine claiming 39 hp.
The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 will also be available with anti-lock brakes. The ABS components are built by Nissin and are said to be 40% smaller than previous Nissin ABS systems. The Ninja 300 also features a slipper clutch and a back-torque limiter developed from Kawasaki’s racing program. According to Kawasaki, the new FCC Assist and slipper clutch allows for a lighter clutch lever pull.
Visually, the Ninja 300 gets the same styling the 2013 Ninja 250 received, with ZX-10R style “floating” windscreen, ZX-6R dual headlights and fins on the side fairing like the ZX-14R.
As of now, the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 has only been announced for Europe where it replaces the Ninja 250. The 2013 Ninja 250 will still be offered in some markets such as Asia where it is already available. It’s not clear however whether the new 300 will be offered in the U.S. We’ll have to wait until Kawasaki USA announces its 2013 Ninja lineup in New York City on Sept. 13.
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[Source: Kawasaki Europe]