Kawasaki Ninja 400

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)

 

Honda CRF250 Rally

Honda CRF250 Rally

The Honda CRF 250 Rally is another newly released motorcycle and it’s the smallest adventure motorcycle you can buy at the moment. As we know the CRF model designation means that it is a motocross motorcycle and not for road use. However the new CRF 250 Rally is road ready and LAMS or learner motorcycle approved.

In term of looks the CRF250 Rally definitely a good looking motorcycle especially in the HRC or Honda Racing Team inspired clouds and body work. The design is inherently familiar as a rally motorcycle but evolutionary since it does look completely up to date in 2018. It will look at home on the road or off road on a rally etc… as it’s name suggests.  This is not a unique situation in 2018 as we had race replica motorcycles and now we have rally replicas just like in the 80’s with WRC with the homologation specials like the Subaru WRX and Mitsubishi EVO series.

In terms a specifications has the same but modded CBR250 engine and has features like a aluminium swing arm, ABS the you can turn off, LED lighting, upgraded USD forks and cool looking spoked wheels as standard and likewise missing on the road going version. For the price around $7300 it’s not overpriced for the spec which is what we expect.

Is the CRF250 Rally worth a considering? Definitely yes, it’s one of the few commuter, on and off road motorcycles at 250cc that anyone can ride and buy. The main reason why the Honda CRF250 Rally is the best model in the 250cc adventure class than the rest is that it looks great! a real rally replica  math’s not a sport bike for a change.

Honda CRF250 Rally Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 249cc
Power/Torque: 18.2 Kw @ 8500 RPM 22.6 Nm @ 6750 RPM
Gearbox: 6 Speed
Kerb Weight: 157 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed 100 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 10 litre fuel tank
Approx 3.5 Lts per 100km
Seat height: 895 mm
Dimensions: L2210 x W900 x H1425
Recommended Retail Price: $7300 (2018)