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KAWASAKI WILL be whipping the covers off a new naked Z400 model later this year when it unveils its 2019 model range.

It’s not a huge leap of logic to see that it’s coming. Kawasaki already has a Z250 and Ninja 250, a Z650 and Ninja 650, a Z1000 and Ninja 1000 (well, that’s what the Z1000SX is called in some markets, anyway). And last autumn the firm announced that in 2019 it would also have a Z125 and Ninja 125.

But this is more than just speculation and deduction. Kawasaki has betrayed its plans by filing new emissions documents with the California Air Resources Board (CARB) that confirm the Z400’s existence. The documents show that the firm will have two 400cc bikes sharing the same engine. One is listed as the Ninja 400, the other as the ‘ER400DK’.

In Kawasaki-speak, ‘ER’ inevitably means ‘naked bike’ – the faired Ninja 400 is an ‘EX’ model – and the ‘K’ is simply a reference to 2019 model year. The last version of the Z300 to be offered in the UK was the 2016 version and its internal code was ‘ER300BG’.

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I was at my dealer today and had a chance to sit on it. It was very comfortable with a slightly more sit up position. No doubt it would be a joy to ride in the city and country backroads. Not so much so on the highways without some kind of windscreen. Still a lovely looking bike.
 
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