Kawasaki proceeds to set a standard mark in the field of light-weighted motorcycles. The green Japanese team is going to knock the world with its unique technology of motorcycles.
If you are looking for the best motorcycle i.e. reliable, inspiring, exciting, stylish, and in your budget then you need this. It will help you to sharpen your skills in riding to shape your habits and preferences. Kawasaki Z400 will bring out the best rider from you.
The new model Z400 was uncovered in 2019. It is an upgraded version of Ninja 400. No doubt the Z is much better than the Ninja. The truth is, it is reasonable and exact to depict the Z400 as a Ninja 400 with a level handlebar and no fairings.
Its steel outline, 399cc, fluid cooled, equal twin motor, six-speed gearbox, 30.9-inch seat, 5-talked cast wheels, Dunlop GPR-300 tires, front and back ABS-prepared brakes, rear-set foot-pegs, are like Ninja’s with one exemption: the springs both front and back are around 10% lighter for a more agreeable road arranged ride.
At the front, we have a new headlamp setup designed full-LED twin which is exemplary and it is quite similar in shape to Ninja. It has a small new visor used to cover the instrument cluster.
An Analog tachometer and a multi-purpose LED screen show various data like economical riding indicator, fuel, and gear indicator…. So on. Besides, we have revealing lights in every corner.
Z’s 399CC engine looks muscular; two exhaust pipes rising out from two cylinders and merging into a big single exhaust unit. Rear-end has LED light with a sharp design and 150 section Dunlop Sport-max GPR-300 tires look sporty. This is similar to Ninja’s but still in the highlights of Z400’s specs.
Z takes around 44 PS of max power at 9900 rpm along with 38 Nm of peak torque at 8000 rpm. It goes with a 32 mm throttle body and a DOHC complex. You can pound through the riggings and get an undiluted solid encounter without putting your license in danger.
Throttle reaction is sudden for a beginner motorcycle, but, it gives a crude tenseness to remind you, that you aren’t simply riding a beginner motorcycle but you’re riding a Kawasaki-producers of gonzo execution machine.
Don’t underestimate its small engine and low price, it’s a fantastic motorcycle. Kawasaki has done a great job and it will not go unnoticed on the road.
It is easy to learn but unapologetically holds its own. While riding, one has a straight but slightly softened leaned posture, which’s appealing. The tube-like single-piece handlebar is 50mm higher and towards the rider which makes it easier for riding.
The foot-pegs give a mixture of relaxed and sport-riding. Seat height is 785 mm which is comfortable for small-heightened riders. It has 43 mm telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear.
The brakes are 310 mm single disc present at the front along with the Nissin dual-piston caliper. At the rear, there is a single 220 mm disc. Z has a dual-channel ABS for improving its brakes. Non-switchable ABS is standard.
Brakes are too predictable and strong without having quirkiness at first. They are solid and unsurprising without having excessively serious of an underlying nibble.
Kawasaki Z400 begins to get buzzy over 6,000 rpm, or around 65 mph with a 150-pound outline. The Z400 is a little, smaller motorcycle (that’s why the Young/Simon reference is suitable).
Kevin claimed: 364-pound control weight with all liquids and around a 90-percent full fuel tank; you can feel the maze of riding. Z400 runs on moderately limited 110/70-17 tire in front and 150/60-17 tire on the back. Combined with its lightweight of 363.8 lb and low responding mass, Z reacts to the lightest touch.
Gears need the slightest kick for ultimate accuracy. The clutch pull feels modest; it has fewer rigid plates and slippers which makes it light and precise.
While the Z400’s suspension is non-adjustable for the front and flexible for preload in the rear, it doesn’t appear to be cut-rate. The suspension is 10% gentler than the Ninja 400’s.
Kawasaki Z400 Colors and price:
- Metallic Matte Graphite Gray/Metallic Spark Black
- Candy Steel Furnace Orange/Metallic Flat Spark Black
With cheaper insurance rates and an MSRP of $47, 00 and it is $500 cheaper than Ninja.
It develops a power of 44.8 bhp at a very functional 10,000 rpm. It makes the motorway journey smooth and overtaking effectively at a peak torque of 8000 rpm. 44.1 is the hp produced at 9,830 rpm and 25.1 pound-feet of torque at 8,250 RPM.
Kawasaki Z400 claims full fuel consumption at 80mpg. It gives a ride of over 220 miles with its 14 liters full tank of fuel.
A choice of accessories from Kawasaki is available including a larger screen (however smaller than normal screen works admirably of wind redirection), a belly pan, stuff, and crash safety.
Strangely, there is an additionally taller seat choice, instead of the typical lower seat that most motorcycle producer offers.
Things I like:
- Easy handling
- Elegant style
- Induction roars at high revs
- Walking with it for parking feels like having a bicycle and that’s great for narrow places
Things I don’t like:
- Trickiness while changing 2nd to 3rd gear while adjustments of free play help.
- Headlights are not up to the mark.
- If you get across a bump, you will feel inconvenience as your hands are higher and your knees are bent at a sharp angle.
KAWASAKI Z400 SPECS:
- Type: Parallel-twin
- Displacement: 399cc
- Bore x stroke: 70.0 x 51.8mm
- Maximum torque: 28 ft/lbs @ 8000 rpm
- Top-speed: 100+mph
- power: 8bhp (33.4kW) @ 10,000rpm
- Compression ratio: 11.5:1
- Valvetrain: DOHC, 4 VPC
- Fueling: EFI w/ dual 32mm throttle bodies
- Cooling: Liquid
- Transmission: 6-speed w/ Positive Neutral Finder
- Final drive: Sealed chain
- Frame: Steel trellis
- Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 41mm KYB fork; 4.7 inches
- Rear suspension: Linkage-assisted, spring-preload adjustable KYB shock; 5.1 inches
- Tires: Dunlop Sport-max GPR-300
- Front tire: 110/70 x 17
- Rear tire: 150/70 x 17
- Front brake: 310mm petal disc w/ 2-piston caliper
- Rear brake: 220mm petal disc w/ single-piston caliper
- ABS: Standard
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES:
- Wheelbase: 53.9 inches
- Rake: 24.5 degrees
- Trail: 3.7 inches
- Seat height: 30.9 inches
- Fuel tank capacity: 3.7 gallons
- Curb weight: 364 pounds
About the author: Michael Parrotte was the Vice President of AGV Helmets America, and a consultant for KBC Helmets, Vemar Helmets, Suomy Helmets, Marushin Helmets, KYT Helmets, Sparx Helmets. In addition, he is the founder and owner of AGV Sports Group.