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I'd just like to say how informative this article was on the Ninja 300 for 2015. My fiance will be moving from the back of my 1999 VFR 800 to her own 2016 Ninja 300. This decision was made after reading your article. The slipper clutch, the adjustable height and, of course, the fuel injection are all huge pluses for her as a beginner rider. I was wondering however, what is the resale like on these bikes? I can see her wanting to move on to something bigger after a year or so.

Damien McGinley
Chatsworth, CA
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Editor Response
Thank you for your feedback on this article. I'm glad it helped you and your wife make your final purchase decision. From my experience as a MSF RiderCoach, I can assure you that there is always a market for great first-bikes like the Ninja 300. You will lose some value immediately whenever you buy a brand-new bike, but you won't have trouble finding a new rider to purchase the bike once your wife is ready to move up to a larger one. Of course, you also may find that the Ninja 300 is so much fun and economical, you'll keep it longer than you thought you would. I encourage you to look for a used Ninja 300 to see that there aren't too many for sale, and the ones you do find will have kept their value pretty well.
Tricia Szulewski, Assistant Editor
Nice article. I see you continue to reply to comments for gals and guys even though the article is over three years old, much appreciated!

My first bike was a Honda VF500F Interceptor; second bike a Honda CBR 600F2. I sold them after getting married and starting a family 20 years ago.

I'm getting interested again and on a budget. I did enjoy the twisties more than anything else riding and I do enjoy shifting, although the straight-line acceleration of the 600 was exhilarating.

My question is if I purchased a Ninja 300 will I be missing the power of a 600? Or does the fun handling of a lighter bike somewhat offset the power deficit?

I'm trying to decide between affordable financing for a new Ninja 300, or trying to come up with the cash for a used 600 Supersport.

Thanks for any insight!

Darren
Medford, OR
Saturday, April 30, 2016
Editor Response
Darren,
Knowing your history with motorcycles, I believe the 300 will not provide enough power for you. The difference between the 300 and 600 is noticeable and if a 600c is all you've ever known, the 300, despite advancements in technology, may seem underpowered.

The Ninja 300 is designed really for beginners who are getting used to what it means to have all that power at the twist of a throttle. It allows a beginner to ease into learning about gearing and how much power is available in what gear.

Try to test ride one just to be sure. Hope that helps.
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
I'm stuck between a Ninja 300 and a Yamaha R3. Which is a good beginner bike?

Maylin
Clermont, FL
Wednesday, February 3, 2016
Editor Response
Hi Maylin,
Good question. The Yamaha R3 was inspired by Yamaha's line of supersport motorcycles, whereas the Ninja 300's roots come from the Ninja 250, a longtime entry-level sportbike Kawasaki designed for beginner riders. Let me explain it this way. Kawasaki built a motorcycle for beginner riders seeking a sportier ride. Yamaha built an entry-level sportbike for speed-minded riders interested in becoming racers, riding fast on a racetrack, or riding on the road in a race/supersport position.

Many of R3's components are taken from its line of supersport motorcycles. Many of the Ninja 300s components are inspired by the more higher powered Ninja's, but the 300 has been tuned and designed for beginner riders, those who need more input from the motorcycle as they're learning the nuances of handling a bike, with more rider-friendly ergonomics than an all-out race bike.

It all depends what you want to do with your motorcycle riding down the line. I tend to suggest the Ninja 300 for beginning females who want a sportier ride since most women are not interested in becoming a motorcycle racer, or racing their streetbike fast through the twisties.
Genevieve Schmitt
After having lots of fun being a passenger on a Ninja 1000, I decided to set the goal of having my own bike by next April. After doing much research I am set on the Ninja 300. I'm only 5 feet and a half so I was worried about not being able to ride. After going to a local shop, I was excited to learn that they had just sold one to a girl that was only 4 feet 10 inches. They lowered it 2 inches for her. They let me sit on a slightly lowered Ninja 250 and it was perfect. The Ninja 300 really is the all around perfect starter sportbike for a short gal.

Jessica
Akron, OH
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Editor Response
Thanks for your feedback on the Ninja 300 Jessica!
Genevieve Schmitt, Editor
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