You just bought your Kawasaki Ninja 300 and drove it back home. You turn into your garage, stand your bike up and start admiring it in all its glory. Amidst the admiration, you glance over the dash and realize that there are a bunch of lights and indicators that you have no idea of. Well, worry not because the dash is not as scary or confusing as you might think. It is a very useful and important part of the bike that can tell you a lot of information ranging from how fast you are going to the condition of the engine. Today we will tell you what the lights on the dash mean and how you can program the dash for the various commands such as changing the clock, setting the time, and so on.

Kawasaki Ninja 300

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 or also known as the Kawasaki EX300 is a 300cc (296cc) 2-cylinder motorcycle that was introduced in 2012. The Kawasaki Ninja 300 is an entry-level sports bike that produces 39.95 HP and 26.1 Nm of torque at 10000 RPM. The dash of the Kawasaki Ninja features an analog tachometer, digital speedometer/odometer, a neutral gear indicator, and a range of other information.

The Kawasaki Ninja 300 Dash explained

  • Left Indicator
  • Neutral gear Indicator

When the motorcycle is in neutral gear, this indicator will light up.

  • Battery charging system indicator

This light goes on when your motorcycle battery is either receiving less than 11 volts or more than 16 volts. It could also mean that there could be an issue with the alternator.

  • Oil Pressure Light

The oil pressure indicator light goes on when the ignition switch is turned on and goes off when the bike starts moving. This light comes on when the motorcycle oil pressure is very low and the motorcycle is running. If this light comes on, check the engine lubrication system.

  • Tachometer

This gauge shows the RPMs (Revolution per minute) of the motorcycle engine.

  • Coolant Temperature

This light comes on when the coolant temperature rods reach a temperature of 118 C when the motorcycle is running. If this happens, turn your bike off, let your bike cool off completely, and check the coolant level (never open your coolant tank when your bike is running or still hot). 

  • ABS Indicator

The ABS indicator is only available on ABS-equipped models. The ABS light turns on when you turn on the ignition switch and goes off when the motorcycle starts moving. In case there is an issue with the ABS, the light will stay on. In case of an ABS failure, the normal braking system will still be functional.

  • Left Indicator
  • Check Engine Light

This light comes on when the ignition is turned on and goes off when it makes sure that all the circuits are working properly. This light can also turn on when there is an issue with the digital fuel injection system. If the light is blinking, that means that the engine will not turn on due to an error. 

  • High Beam Indicator

This light turns on when your headlight is on a high beam.

  • Odometer

This area also indicates the Trip A, Trip B information and can be accessed by the 2 buttons on the bottom left of the dash. To access Trip A and Trip B, simply press the left button to cycle through the options. If you want to reset your trip, hold down the right button and it will reset the trip you have currently selected.   

  • Fuel Gauge

Make sure your bike is standing upright to get an accurate reading as leaning your bike on the kickstand can result in a false fuel reading.

  • Clock

To change the clock settings, make sure you are at the odometer selection and not Trip A or B. Hold the right button for a few seconds or until the clock starts flashing. Hit the right button again and the hour will start flashing. To change it, press the left button. To change the minute, hit the right button again and the minutes will start flashing. Use the left button to select the correct minutes. To save your selected time, press the right button till the whole clock start flashing and press the left button to save the changes you have made.

  • Speedometer

To change the speedometer settings from mph to km/h, simply press both the function button simultaneously to cycle through the options.

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Even though that was a lot we covered; it was something that every rider should be aware of. Knowing the functions and the warning your dash gives can help you ride safely and also prolong the life of your bike by allowing you to take care of it in the best way possible. Now you can ride with the mental satisfaction of knowing that if something goes wrong, you will know immediately.


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