The Ninja 300 is enjoying the perks of being the cheapest twin cylinder motorcycle available in India at this moment
Kawasaki certainly loves all the attention it is getting after they reduced the prices of the Ninja 300 in India. Before Kawasaki introduced the CKD model in July 2018 the sales of the Ninja 300 fell down by almost 87 percent. Believe it or not but Kawasaki sold only 2 units of the 2017 Ninja 300 in April 2018 compared to 17 units back in the year 2017.
The poor sales figures continued to worry the Japanese two-wheeler manufacturer in the month of May as well. What was even worse was the fact that Kawasaki was not able to sell even a single unit of that particular motorcycle in the month of June and as well as July 2018.
However, things started to take a U-turn after Kawasaki commenced the deliveries of the locally assembled motorcycle from September 2018 onward. Believe it or not but Kawasaki was able to sell a total of 228 units of the Ninja 300 in the month of September alone.
They sold 228 units of the Ninja 300 in September 2018 compared to 32 units during the same time last year which helped them to grow their overall sales percentage by a record 613 percent. There is no denying in the fact that Kawasaki saw all that profit because of the massive price cut after they started local assembly of the motorcycle and also due to the addition of the ABS which was a severely missed in the old bike.
Kawasaki launched the locally assembled Ninja 300 in July 2018 with an ex-showroom price of Rs. 2.98 Lakhs which was almost Rs. 62, 000 less compared to the previous model. After the huge price cut, the Ninja 300 went on to become the most affordable twin cylinder motorcycle available in India at this moment.
As far as the changes are concerned the 2018 Ninja 300 is still powered by the same 296 cc liquid-cooled, parallel twin cylinder, DOHC, 8-valve engine. This engine generates about 39 PS of peak power at 11,000 rpm and 27 Nm of peak torque at 10,000 rpm. The engine is paired to a 6-speed gearbox. The updated motorcycle gets 2 new color options including lime green with ebony and candy plasma blue.
Other features included in the motorcycle were slipper clutch and much needed dual channel ABS setup. After the massive price cut, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is cheaper by almost 1.70 Lakhs than the Ninja 400 which is positioned just above it in the Kawasaki India lineup. The Ninja 300 competes directly with the likes of Yamaha YZF-R3 and the KTM RC 390 in India.