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2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 review

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Review

After a couple weeks ripping through the city on the baby-Ninja, it was time to share my review with you guys. As someone who’s put tens of thousands of miles on bikes 250cc and under, I could tell that Kawasaki had put extra punch and attention to detail in their Ninja 300 beginner motorcycle. The only question was, how fast will new riders outgrow it?

The bike we’re looking at is a 2013 model year Kawasaki Ninja 300. I originally bought it as it was a good deal, and thought either myself or my friend would ride it. I love my Harley-Davidson VRSCD Night Rod, but at 607 lbs, it would be nice to have a lighter bike. The little Ninja had big shoes to fill, and it did well, especially in the city. For anyone who doesn’t already know this: It’s always better to ride a slow bike quickly than it is to ride a fast bike slowly.

But what about the difference in performance? At less than a quarter of the horsepower of my main bike, the Ninja 300 still managed to do well. It wasn’t the rocket ship class machine I was used to, but in the city and even the suburbs, the Ninja 300 will move well for any rider who knows how to keep her in her power band. The zero to 60 mph time is only about a second more than my V-Rod, and still under 5 seconds, meaning that the light weight of the Ninja goes a long way.

We had previously reviewed the Ninja back in 2013, but this was our first time motovlogging it. Check it out the video review below!

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2013 Kawasaki Ninja Specifications

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Key Features:

299 cc, liquid cooled motor
Six-speed tranny
Fuel injection
Slipper Clutch
Optional ABS

2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Performance Specifications:

Horsepower: 34.8 wheel horsepower
Torque: 17.5 wheel torque
Top Speed: 106 mph (170 km hr)
0 to 60 mph / 96.56 km hr: 6.41 seconds
1/4 Mile (402 m): 14.67 seconds

You can learn more about the bike, see full specs, including braking time and more, by reading our Kawasaki Ninja 300 review here:

Kawasaki Ninja 300R Review

About Adrian from YouMotorcycle

I started riding motorcycles in 2007, founded YouMotorcycle in 2009, and was working in the motorcycle industry by 2011. I've worked for some of the biggest companies in motorcycling, before going full-time self-employed in the motorcycle business in 2019. I love sharing his knowledge and passion of motorcycling with other riders to help you as best I can.


  1. People ripped around the Country 50 years ago on Honda 305’s. Except for the thinking that a bike faster than a 1965 Triumph Bonneville is a toy this bike could be a first and last bike for anyone.

    • Could be. And as someone who’s done 50,000+ km on bikes that were 250cc or less, I understand the highway potential of this bike. However, as someone who also has a couple 100 hp+ machines, I also like more power :))

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