Kawasaki India has launched the BS6 compliant version of the Ninja 300 in the country. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 BS6 is priced at Rs. 3.18 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and is now the brand’s most affordable motorcycle on sale. The Ninja 300 was discontinued in December 2019 ahead of the April 2020 deadline to meet the BS6 regulations. The bike was set to arrive by mid-2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 BS6 continues to draw power from the same 296 cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine that develops 38.4 bhp and 27 Nm of peak torque. The motor is paired with a 6-speed gearbox and gets an assist and slipper clutch. Compared to the BS4 version, the motorcycle has not seen a drop in power output, while retaining most of the cycle parts from the older model.
The hardware continues to be the same on the 2021 Kawasaki Ninja 300 BS6. The bike sports the same frame underneath while using 37 mm telescopic forks at the front and a monoshock at the rear. The Endurance-sourced brakes have also been carried over from the older model with dual-channel ABS. The semi-digital instrument console remains unchanged too on the BS6 version. The bike rides on 17-inch wheels that are wrapped in MRF Nylogrip Zapper tyres.
Aesthetically, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 BS6 is exactly the same as the old version. You do get three colours with new decals inspired by Kawasaki's bigger bikes in the Ninja line-up. The new colour options including Lime Green, Candy Lime Green and Ebony. The good thing is that the Ninja 300 sports an ageless design, which still makes it a head-turner despite being on sale for nearly a decade old now.
That said, the new Kawasaki Ninja 300 has seen a sharp price hike for the BS6 version, which makes it substantially more expensive than its single-cylinder rivals including the TVS Apache RR 310 and the KTM RC 390. The motorcycle will be sold through Kawasaki's 29 dealerships across the country. Deliveries for the Ninja 300 BS6 have begun pan India.