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Kawasaki Ninja 400R

MOTORCYCLE: Kawasaki Ninja the perfect-fit motorcycle

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the nascence of a beginner bike underway — witness the success of Honda’s CBR125R and Ninja 250 — it was only a of time before someone built a middleweight motorcycle for the who wants to move up.

Honda has its new CB600F at that market, more cautious newbies perhaps that should more prudent — are angling toward Kawasaki’s 400R. Essentially a 650R a downsized engine — bore, shorter …, cam timing and smaller inlets the 400 neatly splits the difference big-bike features and intimidation.

For one thing, the amount of power and its is almost ideal for the now more novice looking for something competent on the open road but not for the intimidating power of a 600-plus-cubic-centimetre

The 399-cc DOHC in-line is nice and soft down this is not a motorcycle that is to inadvertently pop a wheelie should the get a little ham-fisted with the at 4,000 rpm. Deliberate be the term I would use for the engine’s below five grand stout enough that is never a problem, but it’s soft enough that the for a miscue isn’t grievous.

On the other hand, spin it and the 400R easily winds up to 130 an hour. It’s not exactly as as highway cruising on board a four-cylinder, but its highway cruising is far beyond a CBR125R’s abilities and it has much less of the neck-wringing that accompany the Ninja forays onto the super- Indeed, if there’s anything about the 400R, it is the relatively mid-range.


Both the maximum 44 horsepower and 27 of torque seem conservatively considering the 400R’s performance. with a surprisingly authoritative note (neighbours may not be so kind), at full chat, the Ninja have those graduating lesser bikes feeling, for the time, as if they are riding a motorcycle.

Considering that of the running gear — wheels, brakes, etc. are identical to the larger 650’s, hardly surprising the 400R but a single, solitary kilogram than its larger-displacement sibling.

That said, the 400R feels lithe and nimble around town with the of a Vespa, albeit with suspension and brakes. Perhaps the sign Kawasaki sees the Ninja as a real motorcycle is the 400R still sports a front brake, one of the first that would have dropped had price been the consideration in spec’ing out the Ninja. the 400R costs $7,499, a $1,200 less than the but still $2,500 more the Ninja 250.

Ninja’s 400R is exactly the of motorcycle the North American needs. Medium-displacement twins to be the mainstay of motorcycle lineups what veteran biker the age of 50 didn’t ride a CB350? they were discontinued as manufacturers fixated on feeding angst for ever more

Now, with the Yupsters manufacturers looking to attract a clientele are rediscovering beginner

Yes, Kawasaki might been better served an all-new bike specifically to the 400-cc market. However, at the the Ninja 400R is the best for those looking to upgrade their tiddlers without up to the full-sized middleweight segment.

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