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Old 09-17-2012, 03:28 AM   #31
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It isn't physically any larger than it would be as a 250, and the 50cc will only strengthen the weakest part of the torque curve. I doubt you't be able to tell one from the other without the decal on the side in back to back rides.

I'd have rather they made it a 350 with 50 HP!
Euro-legislators disagree.

Kawasaki have sold nearly 19,000 Ninja 250s in Europe, right at the cusp of the 33bhp limit for riders on a restricted licence.

The new system introduces a further step, 33bhp-47bhp, which is where this bike is aimed. 50bhp would punt it over the hedge, legally speaking.

A few 800cc bikes (eg. Tiger) come in at 94bhp in full trim; they can be fitted with a 50% restrictor, right on that 47bhp limit.
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Old 09-17-2012, 04:19 AM   #32
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I believe virtually any bike can be bought restricted here (EU).

Seen a guy on a 33hp FZ1 Fazer..
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:23 AM   #33
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Seen a guy on a 33hp FZ1 Fazer..
That's just wrong
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Old 09-17-2012, 10:42 AM   #34
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That's just wrong
Yeah, imagine that..
He has to ride it like that for 2 years.
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:01 PM   #35
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Yeah, imagine that..
He has to ride it like that for 2 years.
Can't wait to see his face when he takes it off...
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Old 09-17-2012, 03:09 PM   #36
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On topic...I owned a 250 and it was what it was billed to be. A good starter bike. I enjoyed it for what it was and would love to test my skills now on it if I still had it, but as a more experienced rider coming BACK to a smaller displacement bike, the 300 is more appealing.

Also, add me to the "they will sell a metric arse-ton of these things" on looks alone.
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Old 09-17-2012, 07:53 PM   #37
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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.
Times do change, I got my V-Strom at cost in 2007 and it wasn't much higher than that
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Old 09-18-2012, 11:37 AM   #38
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I believe virtually any bike can be bought restricted here (EU).

Seen a guy on a 33hp FZ1 Fazer..
Of course, but with modern FI, mapping etc, the new generation of bikes are virtually cost-free to derestrict.

What we (euro) have been missing is a true 250cc-400cc class. Here it is
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:33 PM   #39
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I like the FI and the displacement. I'd be interested in riding one.

Kaw's website has the non-ABS listed at $4799 and the ABS version for $5499.
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Old 09-19-2012, 02:42 PM   #40
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My local dealer has a 2013 650 on the floor, but no 300... Maybe fairly soon?
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Old 09-19-2012, 06:45 PM   #41
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I just paid off my 2012 650... seriously considering the 300 right now...
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Old 09-19-2012, 11:30 PM   #42
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Walk around of the new Ninja 300 by Motorcycle Daily:


Review by Ultimate Motorcycling of the Ninja 300 SE ABS:
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:40 AM   #43
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I really hope they introduce a naked model with abs - of course I'm still waiting for an ABS versys!
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Old 09-20-2012, 10:26 AM   #44
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what's the hp at the rear wheel supposed to be? Sharp looking bike, you can't really tell it's a 300, not much stealth factor.
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:35 PM   #45
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Ninja 300

Perhaps an aftermarket big bore kit in the near future? 350/400 cc?
Or even a 300/325 kit for the 250's?
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