Leading Japanese sports bike manufacturer Kawasaki has issued a mass recall of Ninja 300 motorcycles sold in India from 2018 onwards. The company has stated that there’s a problem with the bike’s front-brake master cylinder manufactured by Aurangabad-based Endurance Technologies. The fault, Kawasaki said, could lead to a brake failure. Kawasaki dealers across India have already begun contacting buyers to replace the master cylinder with a new unit free of cost. The Minato-headquartered company, however, hasn’t specified the exact number of Ninja 300 units that have been recalled. Some reports suggest that 1,358 units have been recalled.
Kawasaki, last year, decided to locally source several components of the Ninja 300 to keep production costs under check. The components include brakes, tyres, wheels, and plastics. The Ninja 300 commands an ex-showroom price of INR2.98 lakh, which is INR62,000 cheaper than the bike’s completely knocked down (CKD) unit. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 was the most affordable two-cylinder sports bike available in India, until Royal Enfield introduced the Interceptor 650. Many experts feel that a price of around INR2.5 lakh would have been fairer for the Ninja 300. The motorcycle is hauled by a liquid-cooled 296cc motor which produces 39bhp and 27Nm peak torque.
Kawasaki, however, replaced the Ninja 300 with the new Ninja 400 in the international market. While it has discontinued the Ninja 300 in the global markets, it is unlikely to do so India, since the motorcycle has been a bestseller in its segment. The Ninja 400 commands an on-road price of INR5.7 lakh in Mumbai which is strikingly close to the Kawasaki Z650. The price can be brought down significantly if Kawasaki goes ahead with the bike’s localisation in India.
The Ninja 300 breached the 1,000 unit sales milestone in May. Kawasaki, to celebrate the achievement, had launched the Lime Green and Metallic MoonDust Grey colour options on the bike.