Pretty heavy artillery seems to be arriving from Japan these days!! After the unannounced (at least for us), surprise unveiling of the new Honda CBR 300R, now comes the showtime for Kawasaki. The 2014 Ninja 400 is now a fresher package, hauling with it the menacing looks of its elder sibling the Ninja 650R.
At the heart of the Ninja 400 there lies a 399 cc, Parallel Twin DOHC engine. It is liquid-cooled, and has a fuel injection system to control the swirl and swish of fuel into the engine. Kawasaki claims that the engine is capable of churning maximum power of 44 PS at 9500 rpm. Peak torque is said to be 37 Nm, coming up at 7500 rpm.
The above powerplant sits nestled in a Diamond Steel Trellis Frame. At the front, there is a 41 mm telescopic front fork ready to iron out the deformities on the tarmac. Complementing it at the rear is a noticeable mono-shock that possesses 125 mm of travel and is capable of being adjustable for preload.
For bringing this massive 200-plus kilograms of metal, fibre, rubber and oil conglomerate to a stop, we get petal discs both at the front and rear. We have a couple of 300 mm discs at the front, and a lone 220 mm disc guarding the rear. Kawasaki is offering ABS, though not as a standard.
We don’t really need to gloss over its looks. Carrying the style statement of the mightier Ninja 650, this updated bike is an attention magnet and does so without any discernable effort. All we have to say is :
Get this one in your garage, and you got your neighbour’s eye!
But wait, we aren’t sure if the Kawasaki-Bajaj alliance is going to hand this bike a chance in our country! Take into account a 649, 950 Yen price ( 4, 08, 400/- INR ) for the no-frills, no-ABS model, and then top it up with the already sporadic sales of the Ninja 300, and you get to see what we are pointing at. Nevertheless, hope is an open-ended affair. 🙂
The bike is available in a choice of three colour combinations. Here they are :
- Metallic Moondust Gray / Metallic Spark Black
- Candy Burnt Orange / Metallic Spark Black
- Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black ( Special Edition Model, with ABS as option )
The Ninja 400 should offer a decent cocktail of aggressive, sporty performance as well as comfortable ride characteristics. Keep an eye out for this!