2019 sees Kawasaki introduce the Z400, a nakedbike version of the Ninja 400, which takes the same now famous 399cc parallel twin and delivers a streetfighter-esque beginners option.
Styling is fitting of the Kawasaki Z line-up but without going to the extremes of the Z800 or Z1000, both of which polarise riders with their out-there headlight designs. Instead the Z400 adopts a single headlight unit including two headlights, with a more traditional modern headlight design.
Bodywork is sporty, with exceptional finish quality across the bellypan and radiator cowl panels, while brakes are shared straight from the Ninja. ‘Bars are a straighter unit, and mount the mirrors, with more vibes noticeable than the Ninja 400, with a slimmer feel between the legs and softer suspension setup, making for ideal commuter and urban duties at the expense of a little of the Ninja 400’s sportiness.
The Z400 also holds true to the nakedbike feel, offering a nimble, light and fun package, with the Ninja 400 retaining it’s place as the sportsbike option, with the full fairing, more aggressive ‘bars and iconic KRT inspired styling.