Kawasaki has today unveiled the Kawasaki Z300 – a naked version of the venerable Kawasaki Ninja 300 sportsbike which will go head to head with the Honda CB300F. Specification wise, there’s absolutely nothing different between the Ninja 300 and the Z300 save for standard handlebars rather than the clip-ons of the fully faired bike.
The looks of the Kawasaki Z300 are based on it’s bigger brothers – the Z800 and Z1000. It was inevitable that a naked version of the Ninja 300 would makes it’s way to western markets. The Z250 – based obviously on the previous Ninja 250 has been available in south-east Asia since last year and therefore Kawasaki actually beat Honda to the entry level naked market – at least in some markets.
Like the Ninja 300, the little 296cc parallel twin pumps out 39hp @ 11,000 rpm and 20 lb ft of torque @ 10,000 rpm. Weight with ABS is 374lb which we’re assuming is dry, as the wet weight of the Ninja 300 is 383 lb. It seems unlikely that the reduced amount of fairings and smaller windshield would shave that much fat off.
Official pricing and release dates to be announced.