2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 Revealed

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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.