Kawasaki Ninja 300 Launched: What is my first impression on seeing the motorcycle!

The first photo of Kawasaki Ninja 300 was already on the web in the last quarter of 2012. Since then media was just speculating that the launch is just around the corner.

Finally on April 10th, 2013 Kawasaki Ninja 300 was launched in Pune, India.

Ninja 300

I reached the press conference 10 mins late, but just before the bike was unveiled by the Bajaj bosses I entered and found a seat.

With a nail biting visuals in my head I was just counting the seconds in which the curtain was ready to go up. And what a grand machine took stance in front of me and the other journalists. Seeing something in person always gives the best feeling.

The Ninja 300 is really the true upgrade of the Ninaj 250R. The bike has some pretty good new features and all the outdated stuff like the analogue console have been replace with the modern parts that match with today’s style and dynamism.

A detailed log of the press launch of Ninja 300 my colleague has posted in MyBikeMyWorld.com (Do visit there)

If you ask me, divide the motorcycle in two. Cut it from the centre and then compare with the Ninja 250R.

Majority of the upgrades are all in the front side while the rear pretty much looks the same. Although minor carving are present at the rear side but not vivid enough to mention.

The front headlight face looks very similar to the Ninja 650. In fact this one looks like a leaner younger brother of the mid-weight bike from Kawasaki (Ninja 650).

The beauty of the Ninja lies in its reliability. It is a very good looking bike and makes a star out of you.

Now the only thing that bugs me is the whooping price tag on it. As Indian I would really like to think this way, that if I can mange a little over a lac rupees then why should I not go for the Ninja 650 itself. I know they should not be compared but at the end of the day, price is something we all are going to evidently make our decision on.

Despite having sporty elements and a beautiful super sport style appearance, down the line all roads are the same for these high end machine and price will always be a deciding factor when more than one product is present in that segment.

Ninja ruled till now and still will with the Ninja 300; but now expect tough competition from other brands who have stepped on the throttle to reach the number one spot.

I give a thumbs up to the bike. If I ignore the price tag then Ninja 300 has everything that what expects in a quarter litre segment.

Soon will put up the Kawasaki Ninja 300 review on Wanderlustbiker.com

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Technical Specifications

Engine Type:
Liquid cooled, 4- stroke Parallel Twin

Displacement – 296 cm3

Bore and Stroke – 62.0 X 49.0 mm

Compression ratio:
10.6:1

Valve system – DOHC, 8 Valves

Fuel System: Fuel Injection Φ32mm x 2 (keihin) with dual throttle valves.

Ignition:
Digital

Starting: Electric

Lubrication: Electic

Lubrication:
Forced Lubrication, Wet sump

Transmission: 6 Speed return

Maximum Power – 29.0 KW {39PS}/11,000 rpm

Maximum Torque: 27 N.m {2.8 kgf.m} / 10.000rpm

Frame Tyres and Brakes


Type:
Tube diamond, steel

Wheel travel:
Front: 120mm

Rear:
132mm

Tyre:
Front 110/70 – 17M/C 54S

Rear:
140 /70 -17 M/C 66S

Brake Front: 
Type: Single 290mm petal Disc

Caliper Single Balanced actuation dual
–piston

Brake Rear:
Type: single 220 mm Petal disc

Caliper:
Dual –piston

Dimensions


Overall length:
2,015 mm

Overall width:
715 mm

Overall height:
1,11omm

Wheelbase:
1,405 mm

Ground clearance: 140 mm

Seat height:
785mm

Curb Mass:
172 kg

Fuel Capacity:
17 litres

Bajaj Discover 100T Review And Specifications

The Bajaj Discover 100T, or the Ultimate100, as they call it, is not one of those power packed super machines. But, with great fuel economy, effective power output and comfort, Bajaj has once again proved that it knows the pulse of the daily commuter who needs a good ride! I’m impressed with the impact this 100cc motorcycle has had on me, after a quick ride over our Indian roads.

A few months ago, Rajiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Auto said that he has very high expectations from the new 100cc bike that is being developed by Bajaj Auto, and that, in the technology segment; it will be the most advanced 100cc bike. The much awaited bike was finally launched in January 2013, in India.  Bajaj also plans to export  the 100T to Brazil, South Africa and South East Asian countries.

At the onset, the bike does resemble the Discover 125 ST but a closer look reveals several differentiating factors. Did you know that the ‘T’ stands for Touring?

Bajaj Discover 100T

Bajaj Discover 100T

Power, Performance and Delivery

The Discover 100T is powered by Bajaj’s patented 4-valve DTS-i technology which delivers an unbelievable 10.2 Ps of power. In simple words, that is 30 per cent more than any other motorcycle in the 100cc segment. Be it a single rider or along with a pillion, the bike hardly even struggles when it comes to power and performance aspects. The low as well as mid level torque output is pretty decent. What you can actually feel is the ultra smooth engine under you.

DTSI Twin Spark

DTSI Twin Spark

For a 100cc bike, the power, performance and delivery in Discover 100T is dreamlike. The bike can reach a speed of 80km / 45 miles per hour rather swiftly. The 5 speed gear system (all up) is effortless. Pull the clutch in and just a simple touch of the toe shifts the gear. The tall gearing ratios have been set so as to give you the most out of the engine.

Fuel economy tag put on the bike is 87kpl / 204mpg.

Most Advance 100cc Engine

Most Advance 100cc Engine

Handling and Comfort

The light weight bike has an upright seating position and is easily flick-able when it comes to manoeuvring through traffic. The super soft cushioning is something you are bound to like. The foot peg positions are positioned such that once your feet rest on them, the knee grabs the tank unknowingly. I could feel the confidence while turning irrespective of the speed.

Discover 100T

Discover 100T

Styling and Lineaments

From a distance, it looks much like the Discover 125ST. Get a closer peek, and notice the difference in its rear mudguard, chain cover and a few other aesthetics along with its nitrox rear suspension. The trendy looking 10-spoke new design alloy wheels and aluminium side sets along with contrasting two tone graphics make the 100T, a premium two wheeler in its class. DC ignition and headlamp gives flicker-free lighting, even at low speeds. A feature, rarely seen on bikes in the 100cc segment.

In Appearnce Similar To Discover ST

In Appearance Similar To Discover ST

Braking and Suspension

The wheels have drum brakes and are very effective. Surely, you won’t miss the presence of disc brakes, a feature which comes with all bikes, at least on the front wheel.

New Nitrox Rear Suspension

New Nitrox Rear Suspension

The new nitrox rear suspension and a quality built fork in the front provide a bump free riding experience. The suspension has been tuned well for pain free riding even on district or village roads , i.e., harsh roads, where you tend to find uneven surfaces. There is enough stability at all speeds, including corners.

Here’s a tip: At turns, make sure you have a tight grip and total control over the handle. An inexperienced rider might find it difficult to manoeuvre the bike properly on U-pin curves, especially with a pillion behind.

Drum Brakes Given At Front And Rear Wheel

Drum Brakes Given At Front And Rear Wheel

Instrument cluster and console

The console has the same standard features and info as the Discover 125. Analogue speedometer, odometer, single trip meter, neutral light, upper beam indicator and battery condition info. To add style,  the Bajaj logo glows on the right corner. The appearance and presentation of all the info in the instrument cluster is pretty neat.

Simple And Neat Analog Console

Simple And Neat Analog Console

Our Take

Bikes of 100cc are not meant to be in the league of powerful machines and their primary USP is the bountiful fuel economy. Bajaj has managed to get the mileage and satisfying power in one motor itself. The unbeatable mileage and a very effective power output, which is more than any other 100cc bike, makes the Bajaj Discover 100T a truly premium entry level motorcycle.

As always, Bajaj has lived up to its promise.  The bike is certainly a daily commuter’s delight and is sure to be a winner among riders in both cities as well as in remote regions of the country.

In India, the bike will cost INR 58850/- on-road. Pricing in Brazil, South Africa and South East Asian countries will be known once the export plan is revealed.

Bajaj Discover 100T

Bajaj Discover 100T

Game changer

After the launch of Bajaj’s first premium entry level 100cc bike, the automobile industry in India seems to be waking up and shaking up! Is it then a wonder that several other brands are following a similar path to launch bikes classified under the premium 100cc – 125cc segments?

 

High Five for

  • Superb mileage
  • Comfort and styling

Wish it had

  • A tachometer
  • Digital console (At least in one pod)

Going Offroad On The Ultimate 100

Going Offroad On The Ultimate 100

Tech Specs:

Engine – 4 Valve DTS-i
Engine Displacement – 102 cc
Max.Net Power – 10.2 Ps @ 9000 rpm
Max.net Torque – 9 N   9.2 Nm @ 6500 rpm

Ignition System – Digital CDI
Choke – Auto
Starting – Self + Kick start

Clutch – Multiplate Wet Clutch
Transmission – 5 Speed Constant Mesh
Frame – Semi Double Cradle

Front Suspension – Telescopic Fork with Anti-friction Bush
Rear Suspension – Nitrox  Twin Shocks with Gas Canister

Front/Rear Brake – Drum 130/110 mm

Front wheel / tyre – New design alloy / 2.75 X 17” 41P Tubed
Rear wheel / tyre – New design alloy / 3.00 X 17” 50P Tubed

Fuel Tank – 10 L (3.5 L usable reserve)

Wheelbase
– 1305 mm
Seat Height – 780 mm
Turning Circle Radius – 1915 mm
Ground Clearance – 165 mm

Kerb Weight – 121 kg
Max Speed – 100 kph*
System – DC Ignition
Battery – 12V 5AH

The Ultimate 100

The Ultimate 100

Penned by me and published in MyBikeMyWorld.