Ninja 400R Ride Report and Review — Kawasaki Ninja Forum

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Kawasaki Ninja 400R

Ninja 400R Ride and Review

Hey folks,

I thought post this in here in any of you north of the border are contemplating up to the new 400R. Hopefully Kawasaki offer this to our American in the future if the bike is a sales here in Canada.

I’ve had the for almost 2 weeks now, and put on 330kms mostly commuting to and running errands around

I’ll continue to post as I get more time on the bike, and if I any problems of issues with it.


Ok, I start with the review, let me a little background on my 2 wheeled I’ve been riding for the 26 years on everything from a Elite 125 to a CBR 600F3 and F4, a CBR 125, and a BMW XCountry. I’m not a motorcycle just an enthusiast.

The majority of my in the last few years has been to work, which is 18km trip on mostly 100kph I also do some riding my friends, who are cruiser and adventurer riders, no sportbike guys I’m also 6ft and 190lbs.


MODEL Kawasaki 400R

PRICE $6999.00 CDN

Liquid-cooled four-valve parallel-twin

(CLAIMED) 44 @ 9,500 rpm

TORQUE 27 lb-ft at 7,500 rpm


AND STROKE 68.4 x 54.3 mm

RATIO 11:1

FUEL Fuel-injection


Telescopic 41 mm fork; single adjustable for preload

WHEELBASE mm (55.5 in.)


BRAKES Twin front 300 mm with twin-piston calipers; 220 mm disc with single-piston

TIRES 120/70-17 front; rear

WEIGHT (CLAIMED) 203 kg lb)

SEAT HEIGHT 790 mm (31.1


Why a I went to high school in the 80’s when the RZ350, and the 500 Interceptor were popular, and I those bikes, but unfortunately my were … set against like that coming our house (when you are under my you will follow my rules). do you do when you are 16? Hang out at bike drool over bike and dream a lot. So maybe trying to relive a lost in my 40’s.

Also the 400R was $1200 than the 650, and my insurance is cheaper than my old G650.

I the bike at the Power Store in John, New Brunswick, great of guys, and were a real to deal with. Prompt phone calls and emails. The retails for $6999, and I got it for $6499.

Kawasaki Ninja 400R

The is fuel injected so there is no to mess with, and it fires up on the push of the starter. The bike is quiet, which is good I’m headed off to work in the wee of the morning.

The bike has a fairly low height, and the saddle is firm, thinking for long journeys be using my Airhawk seat I have short legs for my so distance to the footpegs is comfortable for me, if you long legs, it might be a fit. The reach to the bars is with a good upright very similiar to the FZ6R. The one I don’t like are the mirrors, all I get is a view of my elbows, I have to in my elbows to see whats behind me.

It’s because the mirrors are low on the fairing.

Weather protection is behind the windscreen, and the speedo and are easy to see. The tach and gauge are a bar graph, and there is two tripmeters, plus a clock. I like the set up.

I fly airplanes for a living, and all the in our aircraft is graphical, so I’m to looking at that kind of instead of typical dials. may not like it.

So what’s it like to In a nutshell, fun. The first 4 are pretty short, so accelerating up the requires a lot of shifting. The bike along rather quickly, and good power in the 4000 to rpm range. It seems happy in range, and is great for around riding.

The bike is fairly peppy, well to a twist of the throttle, but expect any arm snatching acceleration a 600 supersport. On the highway it cruises at 120kph and 7000rpm, however than once I went for another gear accelerating to Passing slower traffic is not a and I wouldn’t hesitate taking bike for an extended highway Wind buffeting is noticeable, but

I may try out the Kawasaki spoiler windshield adds an additional 2 of height I go on a big trip.

The bike handles well, it’s light and and easy to manoeuvre at slow while still remaining and well planted on the road. confidence inspiring. I rode the in the rain A LOT, and never did it like I was going to lose even under heavy

Overall the brakes have a good feel, and they the bike to a stop rather when needed. I am a big believer in and I wish all bikes had them. the next version of the Ninja’s come ABS equipped.

Our roads in the Saint John are in terrible condition, ruts, etc. The suspension is a little over the rough stuff, and it you a good full body However once on the smooth it’s really nice and of aids in the nice handling of the big Engine vibration is very it’s a little noticeable at but then it goes away as RPM continue to increase.

It’s not as as 4-cylinder bike, but much than the single I just

I can’t comment on the fuel just yet, I have on the first full tank, so have to update that

If you are looking for an economical fun commuter, or all affordable sporty bike usable power this be one. I’d definitely it to a confident beginner that is on the side, that would a full sized bike.

The I ride the bike the more I it. The big 400 just does everything without the crazy power and that can get you in trouble, either the law or put you in the ICU. I and most riders have the skills to ride a 600 to its limits, and public roads are not the to attempt it either, so this 400 is bike most riders ever need.

Once my kids are older and want to be around dear ol’ dad all the I’ll get a bigger bike for long distance touring, a Concourse or 1200RT, however the 400 remain in the garage as the go to commuting

Kawasaki Ninja 400R
Kawasaki Ninja 400R
Kawasaki Ninja 400R
Kawasaki Ninja 400R

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