ATG
Post Posted: Thu Sep 20, 2012 9:51 pm
 Subject: 300 Test Rides

Looks like we won't be needing a 15T...

http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/09/19/2013-kawasaki-ninja-300-first-ride/

Not the most complete writeup -- disappointing, actually, considering the writer's 250 experience -- but hopefully somebody else will soon give it a good going-over.

And another one:

http://www.ultimatemotorcycling.com/2013_Kawasaki_Ninja_300_SE_ABS_First_Ride_Review

And MCN News says a rider got 112 mph indicated (with a suggestion that may not have been top-end).

http://www.motorcyclenews.com/MCN/News/newsresults/First-rides-tests/2012/September/sep1012-kawasaki-ninja-300-first-ride/
djrussell
Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 6:44 am
 Subject: o2 sensor?

In one of the pics from cycleworld it sure looks like there's a spot for an o2 sensor in the exhaust.
13EX300A_CG_Engine a.jpg
AJinNoHills
Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 10:37 am
 Subject: So, can I put that engine in my 250 frame?

Just kidding! But you know that's gonna come up eventually. Having a bung for an O2 sensor will make installing the power commader auto tune module a breeze.
djrussell
Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:08 pm
 Subject: I called it first :P

http://forums.ninja250.org/viewtopic.php?p=851155#851155

It might come with a sensor from the start. Then you wouldn't even need the autotune me-thinks.
Ian
Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:03 pm
 Subject: Cycle World mistake?

ATG wrote:
Looks like we won't be needing a 15T...

http://www.cycleworld.com/2012/09/19/2013-kawasaki-ninja-300-first-ride/

Not the most complete writeup -- disappointing, actually, considering the writer's 250 experience -- but hopefully somebody else will soon give it a good going-over.


Okay, something doesn't seem right.
Here's a quote from their article:

Cycle World wrote:
At an indicated 60 mph in top gear, the analog tachometer registers just 6800 rpm, not the nearly 9000 rpm of the 250R. That?s significant, even if you?re not an interstate traveler.


9k rpm at 60 mph?
That just doesn't sound right.

Ian.
Ian
Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:05 pm
 Subject: But did you see that other thing?

An oil pan that you can unbolt from the engine block.
No more needing new cases if you strip the oil bolt hole.

No to mention the spin on oil filter.

Ian.
BobA
Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:19 pm
 Subject: rpm

A stock Ninja 250 will be at around 7300-7500 rpm at 60mph, depending on the tire size.
djrussell
Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:21 pm
 Subject: Sure did.

And here's a pic from the kawi website. There's definitely a sensor in there. The 300 gets closed-loop FI. No fair!
o2 sensor.jpg
BobA
Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 3:21 pm
 Subject: And bearing replancement

If you can remove an oil pan it might be possible to replace the bearings without having to split the crankcase (or even remove the engine from the bike).
GregZ
Post Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 9:35 pm
 Subject: It's very common for CycleWorld to make errors . .

. . although John Burns seems to make most of the mistakes. I even had my two "letters to the editor" printed recently correcting their errors. One was that John Burns said the 2008 Ninja 250 had no balancer shaft in the engine, whereas the CBR250R did. Looked up the Kawasaki parts fiche and there it is: SHAFT-BALANCER.

Just don't believe everything they print without confirming it elsewhere.
Bokonon
Post Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 4:26 am
 Subject: Thanks for the links. It looks like an interesting bike.

ATG
Post Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:14 am
 Subject: Another review -- Motorcycle.com

The testers got some truly impressive mileage figures. (For the tourer out here in western Canada, long range is a real plus. It's possible to be 100 miles out and then get turned around by a highway closure due to rockfall, landslide, or avalanche.)

http://www.motorcycle.com/manufacturer/kawasaki/2013-kawasaki-ninja-300-review-91429.html
djrussell
Post Posted: Sat Sep 22, 2012 10:38 am
 Subject: That IS impressive mileage

Quote:
A spin-on oil filter is now used, and combined with the restyled fairing, allow oil changes to be performed without the need to remove bodywork.


Fairing removal wasn't needed on the 08-12 either.

That's the first shot of the cluster I've seen. It looks nice.
ATG
Post Posted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 10:26 am
 Subject: Another review -- Motorcyclist

Some comments on performance vs. the 250

http://www.motorcyclistonline.com/firstrides/122_1301_2013_kawasaki_ninja_300/
Zingledot
Post Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 12:47 am
 Subject: So far every review is glowing.

Ian
Post Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 3:55 pm
 Subject: Doubt it.

Cases still have a seam right across the crankshaft centerline.
You might be able to replace the connecting rod bearings, but that's probably not going to be a reality.

Ian.
ATG
Post Posted: Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:44 pm
 Subject: Another review -- Motorcycle USA

Not much of a writeup, but the sales figures in the gray sidebar to the right are interesting.

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/157/14371/Motorcycle-Article/2013-Kawasaki-Ninja-300-First-Ride.aspx
Mean
Post Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 3:43 pm
 Subject: IRC Roadwinner RX-01 Tires?

That is what I see in the closeup pictures.

How fast can I throw these on?
http://www.discount-motorcycletires.com/inc/sdetail/190/729

G
Bokonon
Post Posted: Tue Sep 25, 2012 4:45 pm
 Subject: BT003 Racing Street will fit. Not recommended if you ever see rain, though.

http://faq.ninja250.org/wiki/J_Tires#Bridgestone_BT-003_Racing_Street

With the 4" rear rim (1/2" wider than the 250J) there are lots of radials that will now fit. Check manufacturers' sites and see their recommended wheel sizes.
J0hnga1t
Post Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2012 3:14 pm
 Subject: 85 mph

It's fast. My friend rode my home since he is a more experienced rider. He told me he was going 85 (which is how fast I was going in my V8 Benz) and it was around 6000-7000 rpms
MyLittleGreenRocket
Post Posted: Tue Oct 09, 2012 3:15 pm
 Subject: more review & info

http://www.motorcycle-usa.com/1510/Motorcycle-Video/2013-Kawasaki-Ninja-300-First-Ride-Video.aspx%20?WT.i_e_dcsvid=1548766273

Excitement is building out here, especially with gas at $4.75 down the street!

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