Kawasaki Ninja 400. The Kawasaki will expand its catalog 2018 with a small sports that looks very attractive. The new Ninja 400 is more powerful than the former 300 Ninja and could be successful in Europe. The former Kawasaki Ninja 300 had marked the spirits. From the first try, she had shown good skills and a level of performance quite satisfactory. Later, at the end of a comparison 250/300, she had the nail driven, and, she accumulates the good notes, so it is indeed the proof that the intermediate displacements of 300 at 500 cm3 make sense. Admittedly, this division of the market is more attractive to the geographical areas of South East Asia, but the market is changing and this new Kawasaki Ninja 400 2018 could well meet a new success in Europe.
Kawasaki Ninja 400: More attractive than the 300?
And for this new 2018 planetary, since it will be marketed both in Asia and Europe, Kawasaki has done seriously. The new Ninja 400 has a great look and takes the general silhouette of the sport of the brand, starting with the look of the Ninja 650 itself inspired by that of the 1000 ZX-10R. Note also that the half handlebars are located higher than the sports 600 or 1000 cm3, designed for the circuit and competition. The new Ninja 400 remains a versatile sport, accessible to the greatest number, which is why its driving position is less radical.
A better equipped bike part and 8 kilos less than the ex 300 Ninja!
On the technical side, Kawasaki has selected proven and effective solutions for this kind of motorcycle that must respect a manufacturing cost calculated to the fair. The frame, tubular steel type, incorporates the technology initiated on H2 models, according to the press kit, but its design corresponds more to the frames already used on the Kawasaki Z900 or the Ninja 650. Despite everything, Kawasaki has reviewed this part, since the frame/swingarm assembly is new and was designed to reduce the wheelbase (1405 to 1370 mm) compared to the former Ninja 300 while the swingarm has been lengthened to improve traction. Also, note that Kawasaki chose a rigid mounting of the engine in the frame to increase the rigidity of the whole. With 168 kg all full facts, the new Kawasaki Ninja 400 would be lighter by 8 kilos, despite the arrival of reinforced suspensions like the new fork of 41 mm in diameter (37 mm previously). The front brake disc goes to 310 mm; it is pinched by a two-piston caliper. ABS is in series.
With 45 hp, the twin should not miss
In terms of engine, Kawasaki also reviewed his copy. The parallel twin here reaches 399 cm3 against 296 cm3 on the former Ninja 300. So we have indeed a real 400cc enginewhile the competition sometimes conceals behind this name a cubic capacity closer to 250 cm3. Here, the twin Kawasaki has been given special care to eliminate friction internally. The air box reaches 5.8 liters and the intake benefits from optimized ducts. Hopefully, this is reflected in the sound of the mechanics, which should offer a nice snoring of air box, as often on Kawasaki models. In short, the new 400 engine of course offers all the ingredients of modern mechanics and performance side, it should not demerit with 45 horsepower at 10,000 rpm and 38 Nm at 8,000 rpm. Showing less than 35 kw (33.4 kw), it remains below the fateful limit that allows approval for A2 licenses. And the new Kawasaki Ninja 400 has the arguments to seduce beginners.
Naked fans will be waiting for the Z 400
The photos of the new Ninja 400 show a good quality of manufacture and equipment, even limited, seems satisfactory at this level of range. The instrumentation is well arranged, with a gas gauge and a gear ratio engaged. If the fork is devoid of adjustment, the damper still has a preload adjustment. The Kawasaki accessory parts catalog will also be able to refine the look with a high double bend bubble, a saddle cover for example. Certainly, we can not help but look into the future by discovering this sporting novelty already very attractive. It's a safe bet that Kawasaki declines in a version Z or Versys in a few months.
Kawasaki Ninja 400 2018 Technical Sheet:
- New versatile sports model accessible to beginners
- Engine 399cc, twin cylinder, injected, water cooled, DOHC, 8 valves
- Large volume air box, optimized intake
- 45 hp (33.4 kw) at 10,000 rpm, 38 Nm at 8,000 rpm
- Steel tube frame, rigid mounted motor
- Sporty geometry, reduced wheelbase, long swingarm
- Fork diameter 41 mm, braking with two discs, ABS standard
- Seat height: 785 mm
- Weight all full announced facts: 168 kg
- Tank: 14 liters
- Full instrument panel: fuel gauge, gear ratio indicator
- Color: green, black