Scooters aren’t really our thing here at Asphalt & Rubber — I mean sure they’re fun to ride, just as long as no one sees you on one, right? That’s the joke at least, but the reality is that the more people we gett on two-wheels in America, the better; and today’s maxi-scooters are essentially just really comfortable motorbikes anyways.
That’s what makes the 2014 Kawasaki J300 such a big announcement at the 2013 EICMA show, as Kawasaki is finally offering a scooter built for the European market, and is now offering its first maxi-scooter.
From walking around the streets of Milan this last week, I can tell you that the maxi-scooter market is a big part of life here, and for Kawasaki its been a vital European market segment that has been untapped for too long. Until now that is.
Featuring a 299cc single-cylinder engine and a CVT transmission, the Kawasaki J300 enters with a good displacement figure and feature list. A bit on the sporty side, we think the J300 will help build upon the “Sugomi style” that we have seen in the 2014 Kawasaki Z1000.
With enough under-seat storage available for a full-face helmet and an A4-sized briefcase, the Kawasaki J300 is a practical option as well. In terms of rider safety, the J300 comes with Kawasaki’s signature pedal brake discs, and for bonus points ABS is available as an optional feature.
Looks wise, the 2014 Kawasaki J300 fits the part, and is finished nicely. Kawasaki really did their homework with this bike, and it shows. Expect it to sell well. Coming to the US though? We wouldn’t count on it, but you never know.