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Old 09-13-2012, 11:21 AM   #1
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The New Ninja 300

Is anybody else pretty excited to see these?

I've been a fan of the 250 since I spent a month or so on one in college. My friend had one and I had a Honda Rebel. Too much fun for the street, just needed a little more power....
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:25 AM   #2
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Oh yea, I was watching the Kawasaki event in New York City via their website, plus I've read the rumors previously posted on here an other sites. I've still got my 1989 Ninja 250, but the new one sure looks nice. I wouldn't mind a test ride on one. I also just found a new page on Kawasaki's site http://ninja300.kawasaki.com/Home/
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:57 AM   #3
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Don't start another thread, please. There are two already. Just turn the page and look for them. Multiple threads for new bikes are a complete waste of everyone's time.
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Old 09-13-2012, 12:55 PM   #4
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Sorry, Gryp, I should have heard that advice 36 minutes earlier!

Jumbled threads about multiple bikes are what seem to waste my time. No continuity. The sense of community and conversation is lost.

But I digress, this is a thread about the new fly weight ninja. My gripes should go to the basement!

How long until the new 300s are on showroom floors?
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:38 PM   #5
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Looking pretty good!
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Old 09-13-2012, 11:13 PM   #6
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Wow nice.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:05 AM   #7
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Personally, I think it's a stupid idea. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 250, and it has been successful for three decades.

Now that Kawasaki is facing a valid threat in the 250 class, they do what? Take the easy way out and bump the displacement 50cc. Will it be quicker? Yeah of course, but it will also be more expensive, and most depressingly, NOT A 250 ANYMORE! Why is the answer always bumping the displacement? I fear this is a big clumsy step down a very slippery slope that has already ruined countless other machines (VFR anyone?)

Pretty soon the smallest bike anyone will be able to buy in the US is a 1000...

Everyone complains that the 250 would be perfect if it had "just a little more power" but it's a 250 for cryin' out loud. it's not supposed to be super fast.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:27 AM   #8
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Despite a sticker in the stock photos, the specs do not mention ABS.

Swing, miss.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:31 AM   #9
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Personally, I think it's a stupid idea. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 250, and it has been successful for three decades.

Now that Kawasaki is facing a valid threat in the 250 class, they do what? Take the easy way out and bump the displacement 50cc. Will it be quicker? Yeah of course, but it will also be more expensive, and most depressingly, NOT A 250 ANYMORE! Why is the answer always bumping the displacement? I fear this is a big clumsy step down a very slippery slope that has already ruined countless other machines (VFR anyone?)

Pretty soon the smallest bike anyone will be able to buy in the US is a 1000...

Everyone complains that the 250 would be perfect if it had "just a little more power" but it's a 250 for cryin' out loud. it's not supposed to be super fast.
I'm almost totally with you here. What i would have loved to see was a 400 at this price and the 250 still on the shelf.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:36 AM   #10
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Despite a sticker in the stock photos, the specs do not mention ABS.

Swing, miss.

Well, I can see a tone ring on the front wheel. Schwing?
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:41 AM   #11
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I saw it too. I read it as an omen that Kawasaki NA won't deliver 300cc ABS bikes in the states, even though manufacturing is perfectly capable of doing so. Hopefully I am wrong, but not placing bets.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:43 AM   #12
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Kawi does doo some dumb stuff, but if they're going after the little CBR it'd better have ABS as an option.
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Old 09-14-2012, 08:49 AM   #13
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Both non and ABS are listed on the USA site now. That 50cc didn't cause a price increase, but the new frame and body probably caused a few bucks to be added on. I think they missed the price boat but win in the appearance dept.

$4799 and $5499 with ABS.

A new slot in $ but a pretty big step up in appearance from the 2012 or the CBR near moped look IMO.

As before, it should easily walk from the CBR and appeal to new riders who can't tell it from a 600-1000cc supersport, and from 30' away, I'm not sure many could now judging ONLY from the pics and vids.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:23 AM   #14
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$1k more than the mini-CBR/abs? Glad I bought the ceebee.

Plus - what I like about the CBR is that they didn't try to make it pretend its a sportbike, styling-wise. It's more like a mini-sports touring bike. I don't wanna ride a fake sports bike.
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Old 09-14-2012, 09:46 AM   #15
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Personally, I think it's a stupid idea. There is absolutely nothing wrong with the 250, and it has been successful for three decades.

Now that Kawasaki is facing a valid threat in the 250 class, they do what? Take the easy way out and bump the displacement 50cc. Will it be quicker? Yeah of course, but it will also be more expensive, and most depressingly, NOT A 250 ANYMORE! Why is the answer always bumping the displacement? I fear this is a big clumsy step down a very slippery slope that has already ruined countless other machines (VFR anyone?)

Pretty soon the smallest bike anyone will be able to buy in the US is a 1000...

Everyone complains that the 250 would be perfect if it had "just a little more power" but it's a 250 for cryin' out loud. it's not supposed to be super fast.

Yup.

Same goes for a lot of things. Compact trucks are now almost as big as full sized trucks were a couple decades ago. Bigger ain't always better.

Leave it at 250cc, I say.
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