KTM RC390 VS. Kawasaki Ninja 300 VS. Yamaha YZF-R3

Written by Paarth Powale

So, it’s going to be a tough choice to make if you were looking for a quarter-litre motorcycle.

As the manufactures realize the need for mid-size sportsbikes, more and more 250cc – 300cc motorcycles are being introduced. Today we look at the KTM’s RC390 go and the Kawasaki’s Ninja 300 pitted against the soon to be introduced Yamaha YZF-R3.

We all know that the KTM RC390 is the most explosive of the lot when it comes to performance. But, we also know that the Kawasaki Ninja 300 has ruled the segment for decades and is now facing the heat. Yamaha set itself a benchmark with their very own YZF-R15, but the YZF-R3 is expected to be a little less racy, and suit daily commutes better.

Let’s have a quick comparo of these three machines:

KTM RC 390 Kawasaki Ninja 300 Yamaha YZF R3
Displacement 375 cc 296 cc 321 cc
No. of cylinders Single-Cylinder Twin-Cylinder Twin-Cylinder
Engine cooling Liquid Cooling Liquid Cooling Liquid Cooling
Max power 43 BHP 39 BHP 41.4 BHP
Max torque 35 NM 27 NM 26.9 NM
Gearbox 6-Speed 6-Speed 6-Speed
Brakes Front and rear disc Front and rear disc Front and rear disc
Weight 160 KG 172 KG 169 KG
Fuel capacity 9.5 liters 17 liters 14 liters
Suspension Upside down front & Rear monoshock Front telescopic & Rear monoshock Front telescopic & Rear monoshock
Tyres Metzelers IRC MRF / Michelin
Instrumentation Full digital Full digital Full digital