Kawasaki has launched the all-new 2018 Ninja 300 in India at the price sticker of INR 2.98 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). For 2018 model year updation, the motorcycle gets the availability of dual channel ABS on which the earlier model misses out. Here, we are comparing the new Ninja 300 with the only full fairing flagship from TVS House, the Apache RR 310 priced at INR 2,23,045 (ex-showroom) in New Delhi.
Style and Looks:
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 shares its design language from its elder Ninja supersport models. It gets dual LED setup from the Ninja ZX-10R and wheel setup inspired by Ninja ZX-14R. Other than this, the motorcycle receives new colour and graphics as the next generation update.
The TVS Apache RR 310 is a supersport offering with raised clip-on handlebars that offers a pretty comfortable riding position. Lookwise, it is bold and aggressive with the presence of bulbous fairing that incorporates twin LED headlamp setup along with a taller windscreen. Other than this, the motorcycle has a massive fuel tank with appropriate knee recess. The seating is split-step up and rear is sharp and flawless with the omega-shaped LED tail lamp.
Instrument Cluster & Switchgear:
The Kawasaki Ninja 300 gets a semi-digital instrument console for conveying ride related information. For readouts, there is an analogue tachometer while the presence of a digital screen showcases the odometer, speedometer, fuel gauge and clock.
On the other hand, the TVS Apache RR 310 gets a fully digital instrument cluster positioned vertically on board. The LCD unit displays the details of the speedometer, odometer, fuel gauge, tachometer and more. For safety, the aids of dual channel ABS is also provided by the Chennai based bikemaker.
Kawasaki as it meant for developing performance oriented bike, the Ninja 300 is a supersport that shares its design philosophy direct from elder supersport Ninjas. Based on Steel tube diamond frame, the 2018 Ninja 300 mounts on telescopic forks up front and Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock at the rear that offers better handling while cornering. A 290mm disc upfront and 220mm disc at rear take care of precise braking.
On the other hand, the TVS flagship product, the Apache RR310 is a supersport offering. It has relaxed riding posture as compared to the Ninja 300. Basically, the Apache RR310 is meant for daily commute without hurting your back. Furnished with bulkier front fairing, the RR310 is built on a Trellis Frame, Split Chassis mounted on USD front forks and Two Arm Aluminium Die-cast Swingarm as rear suspension. The braking power comes from a larger 300mm front disc and a 240mm rear disc.
Engine and Performance:
Powering the new Kawasaki Ninja 300 is a 296cc, twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine whose power and torque figures are rated at 39bhp at 11,000rpm and 27Nm at 10,000rpm respectively.
Talking about the flagship TVS Apache RR310 packs a 312.2cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled that generates 33bhp of max power at 9,700rpm and 27.3Nm of peak torque at 7,700 rpm. Both the motorcycle uses a six-speed gearbox as standard. In terms of top speed both the bike are adequate to touch 160kmph on the speedometer.