This new motorcycle is set to replace the popular Ninja 300, at least in the North American market.
The long rumoured Kawasaki Ninja 400 has finally gone official at the Tokyo Motor Show, 2017.
Based on an all-new steel trellis frame, the new 400 is 6kg lighter than the 300. Powering this new Ninja is a 399cc parallel-twin, liquid-cooled motor, that pumps 45bhp and 38Nm - a sizeable 6.5bhp and 11Nm boost over the Ninja 300, respectively. It also gets a new assist & slipper clutch, which is claimed to make the clutch lever lighter by 20 per cent. The new Ninja 400 got the largest front brake disc in its class according to Kawasaki, at 310mm, with Nissin ABS.
The new Ninja 400 features a thoroughly revised styling, which gives the new bike a bolder design, while still retaining the sharp characteristics of the Ninja family. The twin headlight setup at the front is now leaned backwards, which somehow echoes the setup on Yamaha R3. Going by the latest Ninja family look, the front turn signals are embedded in the fairing. Being a sports tourer, the Ninja 400’s riding posture is expected to sport an ideal balance between sporty and everyday riding.
It is too early to say whether the new Ninja 400 would make it to India or not. If launched here, it will demand a premium over the Ninja 300, which will then be discontinued. Also, Kawasaki has revived the Ninja 250, which could launch at a price lower than the 300, thus creating a feasible price gap between the 250, 400, and 650 versions of the Ninja.