There’s much to love of Kawasaki’s latest addition to the small motorcycle lineup and Motorcycle.com has listed what they think are the top 10 features of the 2018 Ninja 400. Ryan Adams from said publication, had a chance to test ride the new Ninja 400 in Northern California for two days. One of which consists of winding backroads and the other was spend on a race track. He probably could go beyond 10 features, but for the sake of this article it was kept manageable.
One doesn’t need to put much effort into turning when the bike weighs in at a light 366 pounds wet. Combined with a rigid chassis, 41mm Showa fork and KYB shock, the Ninja 400 feel stable while blasting around those corners.
Taking design notes from the Ninja H2, Kawasaki has developed a new trellis-type frame for the Ninja 400 with emphasis put on added stability.
Most won’t notice at first glance, but the Ninja 400 wheelbase has shrunk by 1.4-inches and it now has a 24.7-degree rake angle.
Kawasaki managed to give us more a 399cc parallel-twin engine while keeping it around the same size as last year’s model. Thus their point of it being “bigger, without being bigger”.
Not only does the new Ninja have more power, and torque, but delivery of both is quite liner as shown by their dyno chart.
Still Entry Level
Sure, it has more power compared to the 300, but the Ninja 400 won’t overwhelm new riders thanks to its light clutch pull, light weight, and relaxed riding position.
Great For Track
With 25 lb-ft of torque coming in at 8,000 rpm and 44hp at 10,000 rpm, the Ninja 400’s high rev range was made to be opened up on track.
Slip and Assist Clutch
Clutch control is something new riders will need to get familiar with and accidental downshifts are nothing to be afraid of thanks to the slipper clutch, which prevents engine over rev.
The handlebars are 15mm closer to your body and the footpegs have been shifted back a bit. Even better, the narrower seat’s padding is twice as thick for increased comfort on long rides.
Let’s face it, the Ninja 400 is a looker and those who aren’t familiar with the motorcycle would think it’s a larger bike.