2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 First Look

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 First Look
Kawasaki is replacing its Ninja 300 with a new, larger Ninja 400, setting a new bar for the entry-level sportbike class with a 399cc powerplant.

While the new 400 debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show, we finally got to see it in person in Milan at the 2017 EICMA show.

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20 thoughts on “2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 First Look

  1. This is gonna be a fun bike. Bet a ECU tune and a cat delete livens it right up. Little sad about the tank size reduction. Last tank-full in my ninja 300 got me 220 miles. Refilled with 3.7 gal (us). = 59mpg. The long range is a nice feature on road trips. (Yes I road trip on a ninja 300.) That’s a small complaint though; as long as the price isn’t too much higher this 400 is gonna dominate in the ‘little bike’ market.

  2. I don’t get it, why keep upping it? It was originally 250, then 300, now 400? I thought the reason it was so low was for entry riders, but if entry riders can now handle a 400, why not make a 400 originally? I don’t think the skill of new riders has changed, so why is the CC?

    I thought this was all for tiered licensing, and if so, has that changed or something? The 250 was an epic beginner bike, why did they even change it to 300? I think it was just to compete with the R3, but I’m not following why the shift to 400? Why not make it 500 like the old EX500’s? What’s the difference if every few years they just up the displacement anyway?

    This whole new “lightweight” thing has me a bit confused. Though I still like it, because IMO the 400 class of MCY’s are so fun. I have a couple of 450 Honda Twins from the 80’s and they’re hella nimble and fun to ride. I got sick of wrenching on them and dealing with old ass carbs so I bought a Duke 390 for daily commuting and it replaced them perfectly. That 400cc light weight, cheap ass bike segment produces some hella fun bikes that you can have.a blast on commuting in the city and in town and what-not. Sure, not great for 75mph for 30 min+ , but else-wise so fun, so light. Love my duke.

    I wish Honda sold the CB400 with VTEC here, I’d buy one in a heart beat.

  3. Bikes are getting more expensive this cost $6100 in Canada for a beginners bike?! My used 2007 kawasaki ninja 250 cost $2800 and is good enough till I upgrade to another used versys 650 that cost $4500. Guys these bikes are Japanese don’t be afraid to buy a used bike they will last forever with just oil changes.

  4. That will be a proper fun bike to ride! I recently rode a 400cc custom cafe racer around Bali for a week and it was seriously fun. More fun than much bigger bikes I’ve ridden

  5. First the 250, then the 300, now the 400, a few more years and it will be a 500, which they replaced with the 650 about 10 years ago. Then they’ll realize there is a market for small beginner bikes, and start building 250’s again.

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