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Question Can the Ninja 300 really keep up with a supersport?

I'm sure you have heard of people saying how Ninja 300 will keep up with supersport like YZF-R1, ZX-10R, 1299 Panigale and all that stuff.

To this day, I still find it very hard to believe.

If you look around on Google and YouTube, you will see many people on Ninja 300 keeping up with YZF-R1 no problem.

I think I've seen GSX-R1000 getting smoked by Ninja 300 on the track.

My question is, can Ninja 300 REALLY keep up with supersport?

I still think that every time I see those videos/comments, I feel like whoever was riding the supersport was going easy so that Ninja 300 could keep up, or the rider on supersport really sucked.

I don't know about the new R1, but 2009 R1 could run Nurburgring in 7:10, which is really fast. How could Ninja 300 ever keep up?

Because if Ninja 300 was actually performing THAT well, MotoGP, Isle of Man TT, etc. team should be building Ninja 300 based bike, not 1000cc supersport.

I know that car guys love to say how AE86 would keep up with NSX, GT-R, Supra and all that...and I still find it hard to believe too.

Don't get me wrong, I know Ninja 300 serves its purpose, fun, economical, cheap, good learners bike...but when people compare the Ninja 300 with supersport? I kind of go like...really???

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It's like putting a Lamborghini Aventador against a Mazda Miata. Will the Miata keep up? 99% of the time it will not. But put both these cars on a tight go cart track and I bet the Miata will give the Lambo a run for its money.

Same goes for the 300. I say 99% of the time, it won't be able to keep up with any 600, but put it on a go cart track, it may actually come out on top.

I'm saying this based on the same rider/driver. Let the driver/rider do a lap in both vehicles. I wouldn't be surprised if he/she gets a better lap time in the smaller/lighter weight vehicle.
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It shines at the gas pump, it keeps up when you get your insurance bill and it keeps "up" ... as long as you remember to use the kickstand every time you park it. Otherwise it fall over.
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Here's a 125cc moped "keeping up" with larger bikes at the track.


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In a city environment, I want to see a liter bike "keep up with me". Here I am riding in NYC.

PS - I used to ride a 900cc Fireblade (not exactly a liter bike, but close enough). There's absolutely no way I would've fit through those spots with a larger bike.


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More tight spaces

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man what a different world cadd. Here if I passed a cop on the side like that there would be six cruisers around me after the first one pulled me over so fast that people would think I had donuts!
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In a city environment, I want to see a liter bike "keep up with me". Here I am riding in NYC.

PS - I used to ride a 900cc Fireblade (not exactly a liter bike, but close enough). There's absolutely no way I would've fit through those spots with a larger bike.
I didn't mean like going through traffic jam when I said Ninja 300 keeping up with supersport... but that video was pretty cool.

Here are better options

Kawasaki Z125
https://www.kawasaki.com/Products/20...KET-_-Z125-PRO


Honda Grom
http://powersports.honda.com/2015/grom.aspx
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Who are the people telling you a 300 can run with supersports? I could do with a bit of whatever they're snorting.

On a serious note, finally the Honda Grom has a rival. Now we can see some real minibike racing. Also the Kawi looks bloody nice - the tail lights look a bit like the Diavel.

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