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Proud New Ninja 300 owner!

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I just took ownership of a 2013 ebony Ninja 300 a few hours ago! This is my second motorcycle. My first bike was a 2012 CBR 250R, I bought back in September. Currently both bikes are in my driveway.

I got a really good deal, $2,500 with 11,700 miles. She has some rash on the exhaust side plastics where she got dropped being unloaded from a Uhaul. The only other issue is the chain and sprocket were dry and corroded. The seller also included two helmets with bluetooth units installed, and a Joe Rocket Textile Jacket! The helmets were an older and worn Shoei RF1100, and a nearly brand new Icon Airmada. I really like the Airmada. I bought a new Icon Alliance Dark with my first bike back in September.


I know most people go bigger on the second bike, but keeping insurance and upkeep costs reasonable is important to me. I have been a small displacement Ninja fan for a long time. These 300s really get the mix right when it comes to performance, value, style and practicality. Here are some quick pics I snapped on the ride home!
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Welcome to the forum! My first bike was an '06 Ninja 250. When I got a new bike, I went with a bigger bike. I got the Ninja 300.

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2009 Chevrolet Cobalt 5MT 2LT 2.2L I4 2-Door (Owned from New-93K, Traded for Cruze)
2003 Pontiac Grand Prix 4AT SE 3.1L V6 4-Door (First car, Owned from 93K-133K, Traded for Cobalt)
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Welcome to the forum! My first bike was an '06 Ninja 250. When I got a new bike, I went with a bigger bike. I got the Ninja 300.
Thank you for the welcome. This bike really does feel very much more substatial than my 250. Ofcourse besides a very nice power boost, she feels bigger and more planted. I just got back from another short ride. I really love the engine note.
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Thank you for the welcome. This bike really does feel very much more substatial than my 250. Ofcourse besides a very nice power boost, she feels bigger and more planted. I just got back from another short ride. I really love the engine note.

Personally, I don't see the need to ever get anything bigger than the N300. It's 100% perfect. I have added a few things to make the experience a little better. I had a custom stitched Corbin seat ordered when I was out in Sturgis, makes my butt much happier. I also got a Zero Gravity Double Bubble windshield, a rear seat bag, a cigarette lighter 12V socket.

But best of all, I installed an R77, and it makes every single thing about the bike better. It's not too loud, it doesn't drone, and it pops and crackles between gear shifts. It's loud enough that people texting and driving can hear that you're near them. Plus it looks amazing in my opinion. I absolutely love it! I was only upset at myself for not doing it as soon as I bought the bike.

Yoshimura R77 Slip-On
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/y...FUQ9gQodTU4OFA

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Ogio rear seat bag
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/o...FdgDgQod1KoB3A

Zero Gravity double bubble windshield
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/z...-300-2013-2016

After those few things, my bike is absolutely perfect! Very glad you're enjoying your Ninja 300! Have an excellent day and ride safe!
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Personally, I don't see the need to ever get anything bigger than the N300. It's 100% perfect. I have added a few things to make the experience a little better. I had a custom stitched Corbin seat ordered when I was out in Sturgis, makes my butt much happier. I also got a Zero Gravity Double Bubble windshield, a rear seat bag, a cigarette lighter 12V socket.

But best of all, I installed an R77, and it makes every single thing about the bike better. It's not too loud, it doesn't drone, and it pops and crackles between gear shifts. It's loud enough that people texting and driving can hear that you're near them. Plus it looks amazing in my opinion. I absolutely love it! I was only upset at myself for not doing it as soon as I bought the bike.

Yoshimura R77 Slip-On
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/y...FUQ9gQodTU4OFA

12V socket
http://www.amazon.com/NOCO-GC018-Soc...ilpage_o04_s00


Ogio rear seat bag
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/o...FdgDgQod1KoB3A

Zero Gravity double bubble windshield
http://www.revzilla.com/motorcycle/z...-300-2013-2016

After those few things, my bike is absolutely perfect! Very glad you're enjoying your Ninja 300! Have an excellent day and ride safe!
I agree totally. I rode her home on the local tollway, its the fastest road I travel regularly. She will easily did 10 over the posted 70mph speed limit, and still had some in reserve. I am a dad, I have no business doing ludicrous speed on public roads. I plan to trick this baby out, and carry full coverage insurance. This bike gives me all I need and is still easy to live with day in and day out.

I like your mods very much. I noticed the seat on this bike is more slippery than on my CBR. It also seemed like there was not as much windshield to tuck behind. My only other gripe is the throttle grip was also kinda slick in my hand. The CBR has a more grippy rubbery feel, this is more like hard plastic that slid more in my gloved hand. That exhaust sounds awesome, usually aftermarket exhausts turn me off because of how loud they are. I want my bike to sing for me, not the whole neighborhood.
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I agree totally. I rode her home on the local tollway, its the fastest road I travel regularly. She will easily did 10 over the posted 70mph speed limit, and still had some in reserve. I am a dad, I have no business doing ludicrous speed on public roads. I plan to trick this baby out, and carry full coverage insurance. This bike gives me all I need and is still easy to live with day in and day out.

I like your mods very much. I noticed the seat on this bike is more slippery than on my CBR. It also seemed like there was not as much windshield to tuck behind. My only other gripe is the throttle grip was also kinda slick in my hand. The CBR has a more grippy rubbery feel, this is more like hard plastic that slid more in my gloved hand. That exhaust sounds awesome, usually aftermarket exhausts turn me off because of how loud they are. I want my bike to sing for me, not the whole neighborhood.
I too feel that the bike has plenty of power. And enough power to get you in trouble if you decide to use it all. I didn't like how quickly the stock seat compressed and became uncomfortable, it also seemed to have an angle on it that kept sliding me forward and giving me a wedgie. This is the seat I have now.



I noticed my windshield definitely creates a larger air bubble and directs most of the wind to the top of the helmet rather than at my chest. I got an exhaust because loud pipes really do save lives. The R77 is a perfect balance of noise. When you're cruising around 4-5K RPM it's very subtle and doesn't disturb others.

Unless you want to disturb others (Sometimes you need to let someone know you're upest with their driving) When you get on it and put a load on the engine in the 8-12K RPM range, it becomes much more vocal, however once you're going over 55MPH the wind noise becomes more prominent and the exhaust just becomes a low rumble you can barely hear. The R77 also provided me with a baffle to reduce the noise further. I am not one to want to stand out or make a ton of noise either, but I think even without the baffle it's quiet enough that it doesn't disturb anyone. I would HIGHLY recommend it. Plus it makes the bike look SO cool in my opinion.



I haven't noticed the grips being slippery but I can totally see where you're coming from just by looking at them. Maybe my gloves are more sticky, or maybe I have a really firm grip.

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