2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 spied testing
Kawasaki was recently in the news for closing down a street in Milwaukee for shooting a commercial. There were two, very green and mean faired motorcycles along with the crew, which if you look closely, are the next-gen Kawasaki Ninja 400s. The bike is currently available in Japan, and was sold in Canada and Australia previously, but this is the first time that it is coming to US soil.
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2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 Design
The Kawasaki Ninja 400 follows a very familiar design language that is also seen on other bikes in the Ninja series. The Manufacturer had earlier updated the Ninja 650 and Ninja 1000 with a sharper design and more features, and the next-gen Ninja 400 could be seen as a follow-up to this (It looks like the 650). The Ninja 400 available at the present has the previous generation Kawasaki Ninja 650’s dual tube frame.
The units spotted here seem to get telescopic front suspension, rear monoshock, large side-mounted exhaust can and familiar Kawasaki livery.
2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 engine and transmission
Powering the current Ninja 400 is a 399 cc parallel-twin mill producing 43 BHP at 9500 rpm and 37 Nm at 7500 rpm. It is mated to a 6-speed transmission. Specifications of the 2018 models are yet to be officially released.
Though these figures are not much different from the Ninja 300, what separates the former is its touring DNA. The Ninja 400 closely follows the line of the Ninja series while the Ninja 300 is more inclined to the ZX-range (though these lines are now becoming harder than ever to distinguish).
2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 price and release date in USA
Kawasaki has not confirmed this but since the Ninja 400 was spotted in USA, with a predominantly US crew on the sets of the commercial, they are most definitely hinting of a United States launch.
2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 India
There’s no confirmation from Kawasaki’s part on the launch of the Ninja 400 in India and at the moment, its prospects looks dull. However, since the manufacturer has started solo operation in the country, localisation has improved and their prices have come down. Further, the touring segment is showing promising signs of growth. So we can’t rule out the possibility entirely, especially since Kawasaki doesn’t have a solid motorcycle in Rs. 4.5 lakh range.