2014 Kawasaki J300 — A Maxi-Scooter from Team Green

11/06/2013 @ 2:18 pm, by Jensen Beeler5 COMMENTS

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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.

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Source: Kawasaki

Comment:

  1. avsatishchandra says:

    I am certainly not against scooters. In fact, many a time I have seen that in my country where the traffic is chaotic and dense, a scooter with CVT is more comfortable to ride. The maxi-scooter that Kawasaki has made seems to far less controversial and more acceptable to a wide cross section of people who may have been put off by the Sugomi design incorporating Z 1000. I remember that till about 20 years ago Kawasaki did make scooters even very small 50 cc ones and also made the equivalent of the Honda Cub and the Yamaha Pearl. If I am not mistaken this vehicle was called the Joy. I am beginning to wonder if the J in the J 300 is a throw back to the Joy moniker. Whatever it is, it is a handsome looking scooter and hope that this comes to India as well.

  2. Andrew says:

    Kawaski had to do very little homework with this scooter, since it is nothing more than rebadged and painted green Kymco Downtown, already sold in Europe, Australia and even USA for the last couple of years. Don’t get me wrong, it is a nice scooter – it’s just that Kawasaki doesn’t deserve any credit for that.

  3. avsatishchandra says:

    Is that really the case? Kawasaki rebadging a Kymco as their own product? Why would they do that? This is indeed most surprising.

  4. And says:

    According to Kawasaki’s press release, running gear is from Kymco, while exterior ‘was styled by Kawasaki design team’… but I call BS on that, because it looks almost exactly like Downtown. You don’t have to take my word for it – pictures of Kymco Downtown are feely available on the net!

    As to why – well, it’s not completely unheard of. Kymco and Kawasaki have partnership, and that’s the result. In fact at one point a few years back Kawasaki had a deal with Suzuki and they were selling each other’s models. It didn’t last very long, but still…

  5. Bill says:

    “J” standing for Jyounetsu, Japanese for “passion”.