Kawasaki has updated its most affordable motorcycle for the Indian two-wheeler market, the Ninja 300, for 2022. The updated version of the motorcycle now gets new body decals for the three paint schemes in which it is available. However, the price has gone up significantly by Rs 13,000 as compared to the previous model, and is now priced at Rs 3.37 lakh (ex-showroom, India).
2022 Kawasaki Ninja 300 – What’s new?
Sadly, the new version of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 only gets new body graphics in the name of the update. Like the previous 2021 model, the new Ninja 300 is continued to be offered in three different colour options of Candy Lime Green, Lime Green and Matte Black. All these three colour options now come with new graphics, thus making them look newer than before, but not all-new in visual appeal.
2022 Kawasaki Ninja 300 – What continues to be the same?
The basic design and the mechanical setup of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 continue to be the same, which haven’t changed much since the motorcycle first debuted in India almost a decade ago. It makes it the oldest motorcycle from Kawasaki in the country, which has been updated only with new colour options and BS-4 and BS-6 updates during all these years.
Visually, the Ninja 300 continues to wear the edgy-looking fully-faired bodywork, which still looks sharp even after all these years. The fairing comes integrated with dual halogen headlamps and clear lens LED turn indicators, with a transparent windscreen and fairing-mounted rearview mirrors on the top. The motorcycle also gets 5-spoke Y-themed black alloy wheels, a halogen tail lamp, split seats, clip-on handlebars and a part-digital instrument console with an analogue tachometer and an LCD screen which reads out speedometer, odometer, trip meters, fuel gauge and clock. The Ninja 300 is the only motorcycle in Kawasaki’s Ninja lineup in India to not get a Bluetooth-enabled TFT instrument console.
The four-stroke, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin, 296cc engine of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 was updated to BS6 emission norms almost a year ago, which now produces 39 PS of maximum power and 26.1 Nm of peak torque output. Paired to a 6-speed gearbox, this engine makes the Ninja 300 the only fully-faired motorcycle in the sub-500cc category to get a parallel twin engine, considering that both its direct rivals, the Yamaha YZF R3 and Benelli 302R are no longer on sale in India.
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 gets no changes to other mechanicals under the skin. The motorcycle continues to get a suspension setup of 37mm telescopic forks at the front and bottom-link uni-trak with gas-charged mono-shock and 5-way adjustable pre-load at the rear. The motorcycle rides on 110/70-17 front tyre and 140/70-17 rear tyre and gets a braking setup of 290mm disc at the front and a 220mm disc at the rear.
As mentioned above, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is the only twin-cylinder fully-faired sports bike available in the sub-500cc category. The only other full-faired motorcycle available nearby the pricing of the Ninja 300 is the single-cylinder KTM RC 390, which also got a massive update in 2021 and is set to arrive on the Indian shores very soon.