If you were at this weekend’s Toronto Motorcycle Show you may have noticed a race equipped Ninja 300 at the Kawasaki booth. No, it wasn’t just to show that the 300 could be adapted for the track (though it obviously can), it was to promote a new Kawasaki Ninja 300 race series that they have in the works.
The new series will run in conjunction with the CSBK national series but not kick off until the 2016, with a deal to run for the 2017 season as well. However, Kawasaki will be hosting a couple of invitational races (as in personalities, Kawasaki corporate and media) for the 2015 CSBK season ender at Mosport, August 14-17.
Twenty identical race-prepped bikes will be made available for this event, which will then be sold off to prospective racers in order to ensure that they have a decent grid when the series starts in earnest in 2016.
But what does a spec race prepped Ninja 300 consist of? The spec kit that Kawasaki will be offering is similar to the package that Honda Canada offered for their now defunct CBR250 series namely, Hot Bodies Racing bodywork and crash guards, Dunlop tires, Elke rear suspension, Accelerated Technologies fork internals kit, Hindle muffler and a Dynojet Power Commander.
Although the fine details are still being worked out, a source at Kawasaki Canada said that the goal is to make a fun and affordable race series, with possible classes by age and experience to appeal to all riders. Should be a lot of fun.
More info (well, a sign up page for now) is available here.