What do I think about the Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE after riding it for one year? What do I like, what do I hate? This is an honest, uninfluenced review of the 2014 Kawasaki Ninja 300 SE ABS Version.

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    • Mukesh Jha
      Mukesh Jha

      Can you please let me know how comfortable this bike is on pillion perspective? I am planning to buy 2018 or 2019 model in India and I would be taking this bike for long rides and often city commute. Please advise on pillion comfort. Thank you!!

      about 9 months ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Mukesh Jha

      Mukesh Jha Hi, sorry for my late reply. I never had a pillion complain about the comfort of the Ninja. The angle of the pillion seat is quite flat, so the pillion doesn’t slide forward. The seat is also quite cushy. It’s way better than on my Panigale.

      about 8 months ago
    • kleinbottled79
      kleinbottled79

      I sometimes get as low as 52-54 mpg. But thats when I'm riding full throttle everywhere. Pretty good mpg for the average speeds I achieve hehe.

      about 1 year ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to kleinbottled79

      The 300 has amazing mpg. It's a great little bike to have fun on.

      about 1 year ago
    • Jason N
      Jason N

      The 2014 ninja 300 SE is the best year For KAWI Green. In 2015 for special edition they only had matte grey, white, and blue. And in 2016+ 'they went with KRt edition and dropped Special Edition. Be happy you have a prized collectors bike. Best 300cc bike. Just add a yoshimura exhaust and that's all you need!!!

      about 1 year ago
    • Nathan Phipps
      Nathan Phipps

      the bike I had before my 300 was a shadow with a drum break in the. all so I feel a lot better breaking on the 300 lol. drum breaks are scary.

      about 1 year ago
    • The Weaponist
      The Weaponist

      87 mph? uhh no most ninjas can easily do 105-110 mph. Something wrong with your bike mate.

      about 2 years ago
    • kleinbottled79
      kleinbottled79 In reply to The Weaponist

      I fully believe the claimed 110+ top speed. But I will say I've never seen over 95mph on mine due to not really wanting to keep it pinned open that long. At around 90mph the acceleration becomes quite gradual. But honestly, the power is adequate for all purposes except huge adrenaline rushes. Don't think more power would make it much more fun where it's most fun, tight mountain roads. Over 2000 miles so far and in no rush to upgrade.

      about 1 year ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to The Weaponist

      You are right. What I meant was that after 87mph it takes her noticeably longer to accelerate, but she can do 110mph

      about 2 years ago
    • J Vincent
      J Vincent

      THANKYOU for NOT using imperial. MY GOD finally

      about 2 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to J Vincent

      You are welcome!

      about 2 years ago
    • John Cain
      John Cain

      great review. I'm thinking of getting another Kawasaki (I already own a ZRX1200), and I think the new Versys 300 will use the same engine as your Ninja. Could be very nice for practical transportation.

      about 2 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to John Cain

      I also think it will be a nice daily rider. I hope that I will manage to get a test ride on the new Versys

      about 2 years ago
    • Thot Annihilator
      Thot Annihilator

      I'm planning on getting this bike as my first ever bike
      so since I'm a "noob" I gotta ask
      the brakes, can you change them for new/better ones?
      and about the price
      I'm looking forward to getting on this bike to & from university
      so any info would be great

      about 2 years ago
    • Thot Annihilator
      Thot Annihilator In reply to Thot Annihilator

      +Wanderlust8760 thanks a lot!
      Really appreciate it
      Btw Great video!

      about 2 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Thot Annihilator

      Hey, so let's see. You won't have to change the breaks to be safe on the road on the bike. So no worries. If you have never ridden a bigger bike with high performance brakes you won't even be disappointed. The brakes of the 300 are capable for every day riding, so don't worry too much. Just keep in mind that it won't stop like a supersport bike would.
      Let's see about the costs. I can only give you some information the costs over here in Germany. Insurance is 120€ for the whole year, the first service was like 100€ and the 6000km service was about 250€. If you are a little bit skilled and don't have any warranty on your bike, I would highly recommend doing some of the basic maintenance yourself. What's also interesting is the fuel consumption. Usually I don't use more than 4l / 100 and even if I ride hard, I never used more than 4.5l / 100km. All in all it's a really affordable bike and it's also lot's of fun to ride.

      about 2 years ago
    • Anirban Chakraborty
      Anirban Chakraborty

      Awesome review man ! I own a Ninja 300 myself, and I must compliment that the points raised by you are absolutely true and relevant. Kudozz

      about 2 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Anirban Chakraborty

      Thank you. Always great to hear a fellow Ninja 300 confirm your opinion. Ride safe!

      about 2 years ago
    • Thot Annihilator
      Thot Annihilator In reply to Anirban Chakraborty

      About the brakes.
      can you install new better ones?
      I'm planning on getting it as a starter bike

      about 2 years ago
    • kidfall1
      kidfall1

      good review

      about 2 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to kidfall1

      Thank you!

      about 2 years ago
    • Rah-Shad SS
      Rah-Shad SS

      Hi! Thanks for your video review, right now I'm trying to decide between this bike from (2014) and a cbr250r (2015) the only difference that I have found on the internet is the comfort on the CBR it's says its better, but on the other hand the ninja 300 is a little bit better on strength. If I do buy any of them I'm gonna be a new rider, never owned a bike. Can you please give me your opinion?

      about 2 years ago
    • Rah-Shad SS
      Rah-Shad SS In reply to Rah-Shad SS

      +Wanderlust8760 Thanks mate. 👌

      about 2 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Rah-Shad SS

      Hi. Unfortunately I haven't ridden the CBR250r yet. I do think so that both are great bikes for beginners and that they aren't that different. I would suggest to test ride both - if possible - or at least sit on both and see what feels better for you.

      about 2 years ago
    • Rowdy Roddy
      Rowdy Roddy

      Like your vids man. Inspired me to start riding thank so!!

      about 2 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Rowdy Roddy

      Wow. Thank you very much. I hope that you will enjoy ridding as much as I do. Ride safe!

      about 2 years ago
    • urbanfireblade
      urbanfireblade

      Excellent review of the ninja 300. You seem to point out a lot of valid points for ownership that you need to consider. It's a shame they didn't go further and make it a 4cylinder and add some better brakes, then it would be much more appealing as a 2cylinder engine just isn't a good sounding one. My Honda CB500X is the same, 2 cylinder, even an exhaust can't mask the engines weak sound compared to a 4cylinder one.
      Thanks for the video review, it's the best one I've found!

      about 2 years ago
    • Fire Blade890
      Fire Blade890

      Good review. You speak really good English. I'm glad you enjoyed this bike.

      about 2 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Fire Blade890

      Thank you. It's a great starter bike and even as an experienced rider you can lots of fun on it.

      about 2 years ago
    • Vivy Nguyen
      Vivy Nguyen

      I have a question. New to riding and I want to get started. If I'm 5'3 or 63 inches, what bike should I get as in sport bikes? Is this too tall for me?

      about 2 years ago
    • Jason N
      Jason N In reply to Vivy Nguyen

      I'm 4"9 and I can stand on the 300 cc both feet planted.

      about 1 year ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Vivy Nguyen

      You could definitely start on a 300. Most bikes you can lower a few inches so that you are able to ride them even if you are shorter. Maybe talk to 4n6ninja about it. She is a motovlogger from LA and she had her 300 lowered.

      about 2 years ago
    • Kerry K
      Kerry K

      Thanks for the great video review. 👍 What kind of tires would you recommend as an upgrade?

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Kerry K

      +Kerry K Thank you. I have the Michelin Pilot Street Radial tires on my bike. I've done more than 9,000 km with them and they are still in good condition. They offer great grip in dry conditions as well as a safe feeling while riding in the rain. I highly recommend them.

      about 3 years ago
    • LP GB
      LP GB

      whats the diference between the ninja 300 and the special edition 300 2015??

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to LP GB

      +LP GB There is no difference, except some stickers and the rim tape.

      about 3 years ago
    • I M
      I M

      I looking to buy one soon, is the bike not too heavy, also is it good for commuting, go to work?

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to I M

      +Irfan M Sorry for my super late reply. The 300 is perfect for commuting. You can easily filter and lane split on it and it's maintenance costs are really low. The fuel economy is also really great while it has more than enough power for superior city performance (e.g. getting out of dangerous situations, acceleration from a full stop ...)

      about 3 years ago
    • BAN ME AGAIN BITCH
      BAN ME AGAIN BITCH

      I have been thinking about getting the 2013 ninja 300 special edition. Its gonna be my first bike and my first ever vehicle I'm gonna be driving so im good to go. But one of my friends i wa stalking to them about. i said it is a 2013. He said that was old. Do u think its still cool now in 2016??

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to BAN ME AGAIN BITCH

      +Lone Wolf The 2013 model looks nearly exactly like the 2016 model. Just a few different stickers. Those you can add easily later. So my answer is, yes the 2013 is still cool in 2016. Most riders won't even be able to tell the difference!

      about 3 years ago
    • J. Santiago
      J. Santiago

      Excellent review from an owner. Your English language is excellent. Thank you for the English language video and converting the data into English terms. Subscribed!

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to J. Santiago

      +J. Santiago Thank you so much. This means a lot to me! I always try to convert necessary data into English terms. I think it makes the video much more informative for many people.

      about 3 years ago
    • lord storm
      lord storm

      Top speed has been recorded at 180.9 km/h (112.4 mph)

      about 3 years ago
    • lord storm
      lord storm In reply to lord storm

      +Road Runner Ryan This was just recorded speed google had.

      about 3 years ago
    • Ryan Searle
      Ryan Searle In reply to lord storm

      +lord storm Personally I have reached 116 mph on the flat. I'm quite light 48kg so that may be why...

      about 3 years ago
    • lord storm
      lord storm In reply to lord storm

      +Wanderlust8760 Same with any bike. Take a 50cc scooter for example they state 28mph but it goes 45mph just takes a long time to get from 30-45. Quick acceleration speed and top speed.

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to lord storm

      +lord storm I've tried to reach that speed, but it really needs a long time getting there. But it's just a 300 so it's not too bad!

      about 3 years ago
    • Keyboard Heroics
      Keyboard Heroics

      Ninja 300 is one of the best looking bikes on the market I agree.

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Keyboard Heroics

      +keyboardheroics Not as sexy as your Ducati :-) But for a beginner bike, it's great looking!

      about 3 years ago
    • Chris Hoffmann
      Chris Hoffmann

      I have to ask, what is that rotating knob on the dashboard?

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Chris Hoffmann

      +Chris Hoffmann Sorry for my late reply. Somehow I don't get notifications about new comments anymore. @topic - it's a part of my RAM mount which I'm using to hold my smartphone. It replaced the standard screw and the knob, being lockable, prevents the mount from being stolen, which happened to me once before.

      about 3 years ago
    • Tim Kreitz Adventures
      Tim Kreitz Adventures

      This was very informative and comprehensive. I was surprised about the brakes, but I suppose costs have to be cut in some components to keep these little bikes affordable for beginners. At any rate, very nice. Good job.

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Tim Kreitz Adventures

      +Tim Kreitz Adventures Thanks, Tim. I guess the reason for the brakes being not so great is that they only have one small disc in the front. Maybe I just noticed it, because I learned on a bigger bike with really strong brakes, but I really don't like them. Thanks for watching and commenting!

      about 3 years ago
    • Onno Vocks
      Onno Vocks

      Buying quality Tires is always a good idea, and should be the first upgrade for any Bike if not already equipped with quality rubber. Nice review!

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Onno Vocks

      +Onno Vocks Thanks for your response. This is definitely something I will do when I get a new bike. I was never really interested in tires, which is stupid, but since I have noticed first hand what big of a difference they make, I'm much more interested in doing research about them.

      about 3 years ago
    • Onno Vocks
      Onno Vocks In reply to Onno Vocks

      +Wanderlust8760
      I can't tell you with certainty, but it would be pretty irresponsible for a manufacturer to sell a high power Bike with substandard Tires. It does happen, so if you are contemplating a new Bike, it doesn't hurt to also research the Tires it comes with. What I can tell you from personal experience, is that a name brand Tire is not necessarily a good Tire, I found out the hard way. Lucky I was in a Car both times!
      I would start by looking at Consumer organization publications and expert reviews.

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to Onno Vocks

      +Onno Vocks Thank you. By experience, do you know if bigger and more expensive bikes come standard with better tires or do they as well have cheap tires?

      about 3 years ago
    • NVK85
      NVK85

      Is it possible to upgrade brake system for better one?

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to NVK85

      +NVK85 Hi, you could upgrade to steel brake lines and add better brake pads, but I'm not sure how much it will affect the braking power. In my opinion it has to do with the front brake only having one brake disc and not two as many bigger bikes have.

      about 3 years ago
    • SUBMOTO
      SUBMOTO

      Nice review! an awesome little bike. Practical, good looking and comfortable.

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to SUBMOTO

      +SUBMOTO Thank you! I love it.

      about 3 years ago
    • wills wiygul
      wills wiygul

      Loved the vid

      about 3 years ago
    • Wanderlust8760
      Wanderlust8760 In reply to wills wiygul

      +wills wiygul Thanks for watching!

      about 3 years ago