So we just happened to be at the Kawasaki Motors Malaysia Sdn Bhd office this morning to collect the new Versys 650 for a longer test ride – KMMSB insists that we take the bikes for ‘individual’ reviews after the official launch so who are we to argue – and guess what we spied!
It’s a bit of a surprise seeing as how KMMSB has been very busy recently with the launch of the new Vulcan and Versys 650, so this really nice looking Z300 & Ninja 300, the bigger brother to the Z250SL and Ninja 250, was a ‘quiet’ launch. Apparently the bike is already available in both forms at Kawasaki showrooms as of late last week, and bookings are already being taken.
Priced at around RM26k and RM27k respectively (see actual pricelist below in photo gallery), the locally-assembled bikes are both powered by a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, parallel-twin cylinder, DOHC 296cc engine capable of about 38bhp @ 11,000rpm and 29Nm of torque @ 10,000rpm, mated to a 6-speed gearbox. ABS comes as standard which is a surprise considering the new and bigger Vulcan S and Versys 650‘s don’t have that option, yet.
Currently the only colour options available for the Z300 is black/yellow and blue/black for the Ninja 300. Interested? Head over to your nearest Kawasaki dealer, and look out for the full review on AF coming soon!
Kawasaki Z300 & Ninja Specs and Photo Gallery