New king of A2? – 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400

(Last Updated On: March 15, 2018)

Kawasaki has just unveiled its new middle weight sportbike, the Ninja 400, intended to replace the
Ninja 300 that is currently on the market. This is a much needed upgrade for Kawasaki, since the
manufacturer’s results in mid-tier motorsports has been poor recently. The Supersport300 championship
for instance, has been completely overtaken by Yamaha’s R3s, claiming 7 of the top 10 positions.

Of course Kawasaki has always had sportbikes with similar displacements in Japan, but what’s special
about the new Ninja 400 is that, surprisingly, it will be sold worldwide. For the European market, that
means it compiles with the Euro4 regulations and fits right into the A2 licence as well. In fact, with
45 horsepower this bike will be the highest powered A2 sportbike yet, claiming the top position from
KTM’s RC390. (It is worth mentioning however, that the power to weight ratio is still not on par with
the RC.)

This bike is a significant step up from the Ninja 300, what we can consider its predecessor. Both the
engine and the chassis is a new development, shaving 8 kg weight off the previous bike. It also helps
that the tank size is reduced from 17 to 13.5 litres. For 2018 this bike is equipped with all the goodies that are now mostly expected from a new motorcycle, including things like slipper clutch, LED headlights, upgraded 41mm front forks and a wider rear tire.

Ninja 400 Specs

Engine: 399cc liquid-cooled parallel twin
Power: 45bhp @ 10,000rpm
Torque: 28ftlb @ 8000rpm
Seat height: 785 mm (or 31 inch)
Weight: 168kg
Fuel tank size: 14litres

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