2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 Revealed
Another reveal at the Tokyo Motor Show this morning was the new Kawasaki Ninja 400, the replacement for the Ninja 300.
Capacity, power, torque and power-to-weight ratio are up on the new Ninja 400. The 399cc parallel twin makes a claimed 45hp and 28lbft, a significant improvement over the 39hp and 19.9lbft of its predecessor.
Kawasaki says the 400 offers improved low-down torque and better performance throughout the range, while still retaining smooth throttle response and a novice-friendly character.
Taking cues from the H2, the new Ninja gets a steel trellis frame, which uses the engine as a stressed member, reducing overall weight by 6kg. The 400 also adds styling details like ‘chin-spoilers’ just below the twin LED headlamps. Kawasaki say the 'large-volume' bodywork offers improved wind protection.
Riders will be happy with the assist-and-slipper clutch that Kawasaki claim has a 20% lighter pull and a 310mm front disc, with Nissin ABS, the largest in its class according to Kawasaki.
The riding position remains ‘relaxed, sporty’ with a 786mm seat height. The tank has a reasonable 14-litre capacity.
The new Ninja 400 will be in direct competition with the sporty Yamaha R3 and the KTM RC390.