As part of Kawasaki's "Times Square Takeover," Team Green officially unveiled two all-new 2013 models sure to shake up the status quo in their respective categories. Making its debut first in Europe and later Canada, the Kawasaki Ninja 300 is making its way to the U.S. market as we suspected. And as we also predicted based on EPA documents, the Ninja ZX-6R sees a return to the 636cc displacement first seen in the States a decade ago. Details on that machine can be seen here.
After finally experiencing competition in the beginner bike market from Honda's CBR250R, the Ninja 300 looks to regain its stranglehold in the class. The new 300 takes the 250cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-Twin mill of old Ninjette and pumps it to 296cc by virtue of a longer stroke (49.0 mm vs. 41.2 mm). Bore dimension remains the same at 62.0 mm.
Already a feature in European Ninja 250s, digital fuel injection is now part of the package for American riders. This should cure the EPA-mandated lean jetting used in the old 250's carburetors, upping performance and mileage while helping it meet ever-increasing emissions requirements and making cold start-ups a breeze. Dual 32mm throttle bodies feed air and fuel to each cylinder. Engine internals get a makeover as well, with larger intake ports and intake valves increasing in size 1mm to 23.6mm.
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