While the KTM dominates sales chart in India, the Ninja 400 has been gaining praise all around the world and is being regarded as the new most standard supersport to buy under 500 cc. In today's comparison, we are going to pit the Yamaha R3 against the new Ninja 400 to see which one of them deserves to be the new king of this segment.
In this day and age, every rider in our country is trying to climb up the big engine ladder. The massive sales of Royal Enfield Classic 350 and bookings of Apache RR 310 are a clear indication of the same. Still, there is a company, which despite having a strong line up in our country, is unable to perform up to the mark. We are talking about Kawasaki-
Kawasaki’s latest full faired entry in the middleweight category, the Ninja 400, in many ways, is a great bike. It was launched 8 months ago with a promise of forever changing the middleweight segment. As we all know that it wasn’t able to crack open space for itself in the heart of Indians. Why did it happen that such a neatly designed bike got such a poor reception in India? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons of the motorcycle to understand why.
Middleweight is that section in Motorcycling which offers enough usable performance along with great value for money. In India, the middle section is particularly devoid of anything interesting. We either have the entry level 300 cc or the high level 1000 cc bikes which make 200 HP, most of which we don’t ever use. In between these two lies the sweet spot of 50 to 90 HP, which is more than enough for 95% of people like me out there. Luckily there is an oasis in the desert which has two very capable 600 cc motorcycles parked beside it. The Kawasaki Z650 and Benelli 600i, let's compare them.
In a surprising turn of events, Kawasaki has delivered a massive blow to almost every other motorcycle manufacturer in India. The company’s most affordable Ninja series bike the 2019 Ninja 300 is re-launched in India with a price cut of Rs 62,000 from its last original price. It has effectively shifted the motorcycle game over its head. When KTM came to India, big single cylinder bikes were made popular. Now with Kawasaki giving the “Greenlight” towards the multi-cylinder platform, the possibilities are endless. Let's take a look at a few of them.
The entry-level adventure gallery in India consists only of Royal Enfield Himalayan, a much-needed gap is soon to be filled by the BMW G 310 GS. While a patient man will wait for the little beemer, but I am not one, so I decided to do some research and stumbled upon the Kawasaki Versys X300. To my surprise, it turned out to be a very capable adventure bike. Let me tell you why.
We have a lot of options in the sub 300 cc segment today and many of them are locally produced which offer great value for money. So, it only makes sense that we compare the new Ninja 400 with a recently launched local champion i.e. TVS Apache RR310, of similar characteristics and see if a motorcycle worth Rs 4.6 lakh is worth it or not.
When I was studying in my 10th grade, there was a green color bike standing next to my tuition center, it looked absolutely gorgeous, I went close to see its name, it said Kawasaki Ninja 250, I didn't have great knowledge about bikes then, but then took up interests to learn a lot about them. Since then I fell in love with that motorcycle just for the way it looked.
Kawasaki launched the 2017 Ninja 1000 at a mouth watering price tag of Rs. 9.98 lakh (ex showroom India), all thanks to the SKD (semi knocked down) route. The newly launched motorcycle will be assembled at Kawasaki's new state of the art Assembly plant at Chakan, Pune. The new motorcycle retains everything from the outgoing 2016 model, while the ECU has been tweaked for a smooth power output and engine complying to the new BS4 regulations. Here's an overview of the new 2017 Kawasaki Ninja 1000.
The Kawasaki Z1000R is a tad high spec bike, when compared to the non R version of the bike. The motorcycle has some exclusive components like the Brembo calipers, Brembo discs and Öhlins fully adjustable shock absorbers. Here is an overview of the new Kawasaki Z1000R across all aspects.