5 Useful Accessories for the New Ninja 300

After the entire patient wait for the new Ninja 300 from Kawasaki, it is finally available for bookings at a Pro biking dealer near you. It’s supposed to be the next gen upgrade to the best selling quarter litre bike of all time – The Ninja 250R. To takes things even further I went scouting for some cool accessories for the Ninja 300. Checkout my pick…

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Review also present on Wanderlust Biker.

Kawasaki Ninja 300

Kawasaki Ninja 300 now has dual independent head lamps

1. Adjustable levers

Apparently, Kawasaki has provided adjustable brake and clutch levers for the 650cc and upward segments. Adjustable levers add comfort and convenience for riding as well as enhance the handling of the motorcycle. Not the aftermarket levers, but OEM products are available on Amazon for the Kawasaki Ninja 300. If you don’t prefer the online option, wait a little for them to arrive at the motorcycle accessory stores of India.

2. Aftermarket exhaust

If you think the sound of the exhaust has been beefed up in the new Ninja 300, you are sorely mistaken. Sorry about that! Despite altering the low and mid level torque along with a few tweaks, the sound of the exhaust remains pretty close to that of the Ninja 250R. If you are looking for that roar in your Ninja 300, pick the aftermarket exhausts. Some good ones are from Yoshimura, M4 and Leo Vince GP Corsa Slip-On Exhaust.

3. Crash guard

Like it or not, a crash guard is the most important accessory to buy for a motorcycle. Be it Kawasaki or any other brand, to protect the bike in case of a fall, it is absolutely necessary. You could also save a few bucks on the bill thereafter. OEM as well as aftermarket parts are available for the Ninja 300.

Ninja 300

Ninja 300 at the press launch

4. Wheel rim tapes and Tank pad

Accessories, not just for protection, but also for styling are worth spending money on. The tank pad and rim tapes have little safety feature attached to them but they are great products to add some shine and spark to the motorcycle. My personal take? White rim tapes go nicely with the Ninja 300 Green while the red ones suit the White 300.  As for the tank pad, you have a couple of options with the Ninja theme. A simple carbon black still looks best.

5. Front mud guard fender extension

Very few people know about this accessory. Only Kawasaki Ninja riders know that there is not much protection given to the radiator of the bike. The dirt and debris which fly off the front tyre hit the radiator grill head on, eventually damaging the pattern of the grill on the radiator. As per Kawasaki, it is not a threat but taking into consideration the Indian road conditions, you may even see a rock flying off and racing towards your bike.

‘Pyramid Plastics Kawasaki Ninja 250R 08-11 Fender Extender’ is available for the Ninja 250R and the same fits on the new Ninja 300 as well. It is a must have for all Indian riders who intend to buy the new Ninja 300.

Kawasaki Ninja 300 Accessories

Vital accessories for the new Kawasaki Ninja 300

Most products and accessories for the Kawasaki Ninja 300 are available on Amazon.com but now, with the launch of the bike in India, some of them will be available in biking accessory stores across India in less than a month.

Nitrogen in tyres – Advantages and Disadvantages

Many have asked me whether Nitrogen in tyres make any significant difference!

Here I have posted the advantages and disadvantages of the substitute of air in tyres, which you can also find in MyBikeMyWorld.com

A few years ago, the use of nitrogen in tyres had been introduced. The idea was to replace the free air provided at petrol pumps with Nitrogen gas for a nominal charge. The concept did not gain much mileage and nitrogen gas providers shut down at some places.

But today, there are many 250cc bikes available in the market. The price of high speed bikes is well within the reach of the middle class consumer. At continuous high speeds, the tyres in these bikes can inflate quickly. Here, tyres filled with nitrogen gas prove their superiority over tyres filled with air. Let’s have a look at the benefits and shortcomings of nitrogen in tyres.

Advantage of nitrogen in tyres:

–    Nitrogen is lighter than air. So, the bounce you feel sometimes at high speeds is reduced to a very great degree. This translates into a smoother ride for you.

–    Nitrogen gas remains cool, which is a characteristic trait of the element. So the temperature of the tyres while riding at high speeds also remains cooler compared to air.

–    The tyre pressure remains constant at different speeds regardless of heavy / light load on the vehicle. It remains quite stable regardless of the temperature of the tyre.

–    The life of the tyre gets an extension. Since the wear and tear has slowed down, the durability of the tyre increases.

–    There is also a noticeable reduction in rusting of the rims or wheel as nitrogen is chemically inactive.

–    The rate of nitrogen pressure leaking from the tyre is 10 times less than the compressed air. So one can fill the tyres with nitrogen gas and then check the pressure again after 3-4 months or even more.

N2 in tyres

There are not many disadvantages of nitrogen in tyres but those that exist cannot be ignored.

–    The process is expensive. When it was introduced, it cost approximately Rs.100 for a two-wheeler and the cost was double for a four-wheeler.

–    Even today the gas is not available widely. Only a handful of tyre dealers provide it.

–    It’s useful for high speed bikes. Compared to the amount of commuter bikes the ratio is fairly low.

–    If a tyre gets punctured, after repairing the puncture, you have to repeat the process of filling nitrogen in the tyre.

Despite the shortcomings one can still opt to fill their bike tyres with nitrogen and get rid of the risk of tyres running at high temperatures. Perhaps you can even save your tyre from getting burst due to inflation. These advantages surely outweigh any cost disadvantage that nitrogen gas may have.