The Australian launch of the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 is imminent and some demo bikes are already finding their way into dealerships for pre-launch test rides.
It’s been ten years since the release of the original Ninja 250R, and at that time it was the only model of its kind. Today the 250-400 cc learner sports bike category is one of the most hotly contested in the market.
Since the launch of the Ninja 250R, and then the update to the 300, the model has been one of the top selling bikes in Australia.
Now, the new Ninja 400 delivers greater performance than its predecessor with an all-new engine and chassis that are more powerful and significantly lighter.
With the release of the bike seemingly days away, here’s a rundown on the key features and specifications of the new 400:
- Ninja H2 inspired styling with chin spoilers and tail cowl.
- Like the Ninja H2, the new Ninja 400 features a swingarm mounting plate, allowing the swingarm to be mounted to the rear of the engine eliminating the need for heavy frame cross-members and helping with weight savings.
- Lightweight trellis frame similar in design to that of the Ninja H2.
- All new twin cylinder 399cc engine – 33.4kW @ 10,000RPM and 38Nm @ 8,000RPM
- New Assist and Slipper clutch
- Reduced overall kerb weight (ready to ride wth all fluids) of just 168kg – 6kg lighter than the previous Ninja 300.
- Largest front brake disc in class – semi-floating 310 mm front disc is the same disc size used on the Ninja ZX-14R.
- The latest ABS unit from Nissin, the most compact and lightweight available.
- LED headlights and taillights.
- LCD instrument cluster with gear position indicator.
The actual release date of the new 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 is yet to be announced, as is the pricing of the new bike.
But some bikes are already doing the rounds through Kawasaki dealerships for test rides, and it would be worth contacting your local Kawasaki dealership if you have an interest in the bike as the initial stock is expected to sell quickly.