Ninja 300 Track Bike Project – May Update

It’s been around a month since our first post on our Ninja 300 project bike and we’ve been in the demolition phase so to speak. We’ve stripped the bike of all its fairings, lights, indicators and any other pieces that won’t be suitable/allowed on the racetrack. We’ve also discovered a few damaged pieces that will either need repairing or replacing.

Pictured below is everything that we’ve stripped from the bike that we won’t be putting back on – virtually everything we took off except the dash display and its surrounding plastics. We’ll be purchasing proper raceglass, a taller race windshield, adjustable levers as well as a full racing exhaust system. We’ll also be replacing the pegs with rearsets and the suspension with an aftermarket one, but at this stage they original parts remain on the bike. We’ve also kept the right rear passenger pegs as it doubles as the bracket for holding the rear brake fluid reservoir – a replacement bracket will need to be sought.

Ninja 300 Track Bike Project - May Update

Our intention is to sell all those left over parts on eBay or similar. Many of the parts that aren’t broken do have scratches on them however, so we’re not expecting a great deal in return.

As you can see from the next picture, our intention had been to strip all superfluous electricals from the bike completely. We ended up deciding however that the reward wasn’t worth the effort and have just cut off the connectors that we won’t need (which includes wiring for lights, indicators and the horn). We’ll seal those exposed wires shortly and tidy everything up thereafter.

Ninja 300 Track Bike Project - May Update

As we mentioned in our first post, the bike was in overall okay condition, but there are three pieces that we’ll need to replace or repair. The first one was clearly visible – a broken screw mount on the right fork cover. That mount allows a brace to be attached whereby the front fender rests on – that brace was also damaged. It’s not structural in anyway so in theory we could attempt to just repair it, but at the same time, we don’t like the idea of a repair job braking and bits flying off the bike while we’re at speed. For an OEM replacement part we’re looking at paying around $300 for the fork cover and about $40 for the brace – but we have a ideas on how to  reduce that cost so stay tuned.

Ninja 300 Track Bike Project - May Update

The other part that was damaged was unknown to us at purchase – the front cowling stay. Again, not a structural part, it merely gives something for the front cowling to be attached to. As you can see, it’s bent, not broken and therefore the cowling won’t sit properly on it. We’re going to take the front cowling stay to a metal fabrication shop and see if they can bend it back into shape. Otherwise, the replacement part will cost about $150.

In next months’ update, we’ll let you know how we went with selling our spare parts. We’ll also be installing a new race exhaust and update you on the cost of repair and/or replacement of the damaged parts.

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  • Mic Redford

    Nice. I’ve been thinking about doing the same. How popular is small bike racing where you live?

    • Not too badly, Mic. There’s a number of series that are for smaller capacities. The Ninja 300 Cup is a national event and is probably the best supported class in that whole series. There’s also a number of other local series that have smaller capacity bikes. One I know of has a lot of older 2 stroke CBR250RR’s which is very popular.

      I think people realise that the racing is as good if not better than the larger capacity series, plus it’s a heck of a lot cheaper. The tire savings alone would be in the order of $1,000’s for a season.