Kawasaki Ninja 400

The Kawasaki Ninja 400 is yet another model released for the Learner or LAMS and commuting motorcycles class in 2018. This class is full of models and manufacturers tempting first time owners wanting a motorcycle they can use for more than just the first 12-24 months.

You may wonder why there is now a 400cc version to the original 250cc then 300cc the answer is pollution or emissions controls.  In a sense it’s a de-tuned traditional 400cc from the 1980’s. As a result it’s not really a motorcycle you can keep for that much longer since it is down on power but you have to start somewhere and the Ninja 400 is clearly a good place to start.

In term of looks the Ninja 400 on the outside is a good looking motorcycle with the latest Kawasaki design themes.  Under the fairing it boasts an all new Trellis frame design though it is not exactly obvious when you look at it. The main factor that differentiates it from the capacity versions is the slightly larger rear tyre.

In terms a specifications There is nothing to really write about apart from the new frame design. The Ninja 400 doesn’t even have USD forks but then for the price you wouldn’t expect it. If my past rides of this engine are anything to go by it’s not a exciting engine but for a newbie it’s more than enough for a little while. Finally, Kawasaki has not over priced or under specificed the Ninja 400 so worth a look.

Is the Kawasaki Ninja 400 any good? Well that depends what you want in a first motorcycle or a commuter, stereotypical styling albeit contemporary adequate power and since is derived from the original 250 reliability is a great start but I prefer something special! even if my choices are a little more expensive.

Kawasaki Ninja 400 Key Specifications
Engine: 2 cylinder 8V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 399cc
Power/Torque: 33.4 Kw @ 10000 RPM 38 Nm @ 8000 RPM
Gearbox: 6 Speed
Kerb Weight: 168 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed 100 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 14 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 Lts per 100km
Seat height: 785 mm
Dimensions: L1990 x W710 x H1125
Recommended Retail Price: $6,490 (2018)