Come 10th April, Bajaj Auto and Kawasaki could launch the 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300R sportsbike in India. This information was conveyed to us by a KTM Bajaj Probiking dealer. In India, the Kawasaki Ninja 300R is expected to replace its 250cc sibling, the Ninja 250R. The Ninja 300R will be imported into India through the CKD route from Thailand, a country with which India shares a free trade agreement. The CKD kits will be assembled at the India Kawasaki Motor assembly facility at Bajaj Auto’s Chakan factory, off Pune. The 2013 Ninja 300R is expected to be priced well above the Ninja 250R.
Bookings of the Ninja 300R are now being accepted by many KTM Bajaj Probiking dealerships. These dealerships will sell and service KTM and Kawasaki motorcycles in India. Coming to the motorcycle itself, the Ninja 300R is more powerful than the 250R. The Ninja 300R features a 296cc twin cylinder engine that gets a 8 valves, a DOHC layout, slipper clutch, butterfly valves and liquid cooling. The 300cc motor outputs 39 Bhp of peak power and 27 Nm of peak torque. The engine is mated to a 6 speed transmission that comes with a slipper clutch.
What does the slipper clutch do?
As its name suggests, the slipper clutch slips when you downshift hard. So, this slipping of the clutch ensures that the rear tyre does not lock up even under hard downshifting to the lower gears. The slipper clutch works as a safety feature on regular roads while it allows for harder riding on race tracks.
The 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300R features telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear shock absorber. Petal disc brakes are standard on both wheels. While Kawasaki does offer ABS on the international-spec Ninja 300R, it remains to be seen whether the Indian model will get the ABS option. Stylistically, the Ninja 300R is a big leap from the Ninja 250R. The Ninja 300R looks much sharper than the outgoing model and this motorcycle’s looks alone will win it quite a fan following. Please click here to check out the full image gallery of the Ninja 300R.