Kawasaki introduces the ‘Naked Ninja’ – Z300

Z300 Kawasaki, also known as the Naked Ninja


Taking the clothes off a popular model is usually reserved for our wildest dreams but Kawasaki has made that a reality with the introduction of what they claim to be the world’s first 300cc supernaked. The de-robed version of the Ninja 300 is called the ‘Z300’ and the entry level Kawasaki has been unveiled at the Milan motorcycle show.

Using the same chassis and fuel-injected, parallel twin, four stroke engine from the Ninja 300 yet with a more upright riding position and wider handlebars as well as inspiration from the current Z800 and Z1000, this looks like a superb option for those with A2 licences.


Yoof at play


A 2-into-1 exhaust, multi-function LED instrument display, some top quality styling, 38.5 bhp and a very healthy 17 litre fuel tank all add to the Naked Ninja’s attractiveness. The seat height is a manageable 785mm and because the seat narrows at the front it could be an ideal bike for the shorter rider.

The bike’s suspension has a 5-step pre-load to adjust for stiffness and ride height, handy for when you’re not carrying a pillion which is also when you might need the single seat cowl – an optional extra. The Z300 will be available in two colour combinations: or Metallic Raw Graystone / Metallic Flat Spark Black.



ABS is an option on the Z300 and even though the prices have yet to be confirmed, this increases the price by £400 on the fully-faired Ninja propelling it to just over £5k.




Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin, 296cc, DOHC, 8 Valves


Tube diamond, steel


Front: 110/70-17M/C 54S

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


Front: 37 mm telescopic fork

Rear: Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock and adjustable preload


Front: Single 290 mm petal disc, single balanced actuation dual-piston

Rear: Single 220 mm petal disc, dual-piston


2015mm (l) x 750mm (w) x 1025mm (h)

Seat height


Curb weight

170kg (ABS version)

Fuel capacity

17 litres

Max Power

29 kW / 39 PS / 38.5 bhp

Max Torque

27 Nm / 19.9 ft lbs