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"Insignificant" things you will miss in the Next Gen 300?
I wanted to talk about this for a while now. I guess this is relevant to only those among us who want to stay with this class of motorcycle. Based on feedback I have seen here on the forum I am guessing that there would be some things that perhaps only few(including me) will miss in the next gen Ninja 300 when it comes along. I must mention these are things which either most people don't care much about or actually don't like about the current 300. Here is my list:
1. Top End Bias- I think the little engine has a delightful "peaky" nature. I love the way the engine becomes more eager as the revs go past 8K rpm. Because its a small engine I can rev it hard almost all the time(the bigger bikes will be just too powerful on public roads). Unfortunately, this is one of the biggest complaints by many owners. Most users prefer a more linear power delivery with strong low end. Personally I think the low end is not bad at all, it is just not as good as its rivals. I fear the next gen will be devoid of the lovely top end.
2. The Rev Counter- The trend seems to be fully digital/LCD/TFT instrumentation. I like that idea, but would prefer an analogue rev counter. I just like the way the needle moves. Maybe they can provide a "virtual" rev counter like the flagship Mercedes?
3. The Positive Neutral Finder- To be fair, I do not think this will go away in the next gen. I like the feature, but many don't so there is a chance they might drop it.
4. 13K red line- With the competition using bigger displacement engines, Kawasaki will almost certainly do the same & that would likely mean a lower Rev limit. There have been many occasions when, trying to "take" traffic gaps, I have been under pressure to keep winding up the motor rather than lose time upshifting.
Comments & additions are welcome.