April 19, 2024

Kawasaki’s Ninja 400 Arrives

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400
Kawasaki's Ninja 400 takes one of Australia's most popular learner bikes to a new level.

Boasting increased power and performance, the Ninja 400 is ready.

When the 2008 Ninja 250R was introduced it was the only model of its kind. Ten years later Kawasaki proudly introduces a new sports model into this highly competitive arena.

The new Kawasaki Ninja 400 delivers greater performance, with an all-new engine that is more powerful and a chassis that is significantly lighter than its predecessor.


And like its predecessor, the Ninja 300, this new model takes the winning formula that drove the success of the Ninja 250R and its successors, ensuring the engine performance, light, predictable handling and relaxed, sporty riding position that makes it both fun and easy to ride.

The new chassis delivers a balance of stability and manoeuvrability, with its slim trellis frame similar in design to that of the Ninja H2.

Designing the engine from scratch allowed the engine layout to be optimised for size, weight and efficiency.

The engine is rigidly mounted and used as a stressed member, and the swingarm is affixed to the rear of the engine eliminating the need for heavy frame cross-members.

The updated frame and 41mm telescopic forks ensures direction changes can be made easily, and overall this package offers the plushness of a larger displacement bike

An increase in the size of the front disc (310 mm, the same disc size used on the Ninja ZX-14R), and the latest ABS system and features from Nissin ensures the Ninja 400 has the most effective, most compact and lightweight brakes in this class.

With a seat height of just 785 mm and the slim design of both the seat and the rear of the engine, riders have an unobstructed line for their feet to reach the ground.

Twin LED Headlamps are highly visible and offer significantly increased brightness.

The instrument cluster is the same as the Ninja 650, adding to the high-grade feel of the tidy cockpit.

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 close upThe sophisticated instrument design features a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lights on one side, and a gear position indicator and multi-function LCD screen on the other.

The Ninja 400’s ergonomic larger-volume bodywork offers great wind protection, further contributing to ride comfort.

But rather than completely blocking the wind, the fairing promotes clean airflow around the rider. The design gives the impression of a larger machine and helps to pull hot air out of the engine compartment.

Kawasaki later stated that this model will be available from about February, March 2018 and pricing is yet to be confirmed.

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