|LIGHTWEIGHT, SHARP-LOOKING, HIGH-PERFORMANCE SPORT MODEL OFFERS EXCITEMENT AND EASE OF RIDING
When the 2008 Ninja 250R was introduced it was the only model of its kind, offering top-class Ninja styling in a fun and friendly package. It resonated with both new and experienced riders, launching a worldwide movement. In the ten years since its release, the number of full-fairing rivals has increased exponentially, making this one of the most hotly contested categories in the market.
Kawasaki proudly introduces a new sport model into this highly competitive arena. Clad in sharp new Ninja styling, the new Ninja 400 SE ABS delivers greater performance than its predecessor care of all-new engine and chassis that are more powerful and significantly lighter. But like the Ninja 300 that preceded it, this new Ninja model possesses much more than high performance. The new model takes the winning formula that drove the success of the Ninja 250R and its successors, and amplifies it. Not only does the Ninja 400 SE ABS offer stunning, high-quality looks, its stronger engine performance, light, predictable handling and relaxed, sporty riding position make it both fun and easy to ride.
This duality – the ability to offer excitement and ease of riding to wide range of customers – is sure to make the new Ninja 400 SE ABS a fan favourite once again.
High Performance & High Controllability
Powerful, Rider-Friendly Parallel Twin
Displacing 399/249 cm3, the new engine delivers significantly increased performance compared to its predecessor: 36 kW†1 (33.4 kW† in Europe) for the Ninja 400(+7 kW vs the 2017 Ninja 300); The higher performance can largely be credited to the new downdraft intake, which is accompanied by a larger airbox offering increased intake efficiency. The increased performance is complemented by a rider friendly character; the smoot response and abundant low-end torque facilitate throttle control for new and experienced riders alike.
Compact, Lightweight & Efficient
Designing the engine from scratch allowed the engine layout to be optimised for size, weight and efficiency. The new unit is comparable in size to that of the 2013- 2017 Ninja 250. Numerous weight reduction efforts keep weight to a minimum – despite a larger displacement (in the case of the Ninja 400). A clean design trimmed of any unnecessary items, and a revamped layout enable a slim engine and a cooling system with minimised external piping.
New Assist & Slipper Clutch
More compact clutch (ø139 mm >> ø125 mm) with less rigid operating plates offers a 20% lighter lever pull. Complementing the extremely light feel at the lever, the new clutch has a wider engagement range, facilitating control.
New Radiator Fan Cover
A cover for the radiator fan directs engine heat away from the rider, contributing to rider comfort. With the new design (patent pending), hot air is now mostly routed out to the sides (through holes in the fairing).
Lightweight, Stable & Manoeuvrable
Lightweight Trellis Frame
The Ninja 400 SE ABS features a trellis frame similar in design to that of the Ninja H2. Kawasaki’s advanced dynamic rigidity analysis was used to ensure optimum rigidity with light weight. The engine is rigid-mounted and used as a stressed member. The new frame design contributes significantly to the bike’s low curb mass.
Light, Predictable Handling
With both the engine and frame being new, engine placement could also be optimised. The new chassis features a short-wheelbase/long-swingarm design, complemented by a steep caster angle that delivers light, natural handling. The bike’s light weight also contributes to its easy handling and facilitates manoeuvring when off the bike.
Significantly Lower Weight
The lightweight design of the new engine and frame, plus extensive efforts to minimise weight result in a curb mass of only 164 kg for both the Ninja 400 SE ABS (8 kg lighter than the Ninja 300) – weight on par with single-cylinder models.
More Rigid Front Fork
More rigid ø41 mm telescopic fork delivers better suspension action. The front wheel feels really planted, direction changes are made easily (even when the bike is fairly upright – handy when navigating traffic jams), and overall the suspension offers the plushness of a larger displacement bike.
Large-Diameter Front Brake Disc
Measuring ø310 mm (the same disc size used on the Ninja ZX- 14R), the Ninja 400 SE ABS semi-floating front disc offers sure stopping power. A rigid new front brake master cylinder helps eliminate ineffective (idle) stroke, contributing to controllability, while carefully selected brake hose dimensions and material contribute to brake touch. ABS models feature the latest ABS unit from Nissin, the most compact and lightweight available.
Relaxed, Sporty Riding Position
Relaxed rider triangle accommodates a wide range of rider sizes and riding situations. Compared to some other models (whose somewhat extreme riding position compromises comfort), the elevated handle position and slightly foot-forward footpeg position put the rider in a position to control the bike while also offering rider comfort.
Easy Reach to the Ground
While seat height is 785 mm (when radial tyres are fitted), the slim design of both the seat (30 mm narrower) and the rear of the engine gives riders an unobstructed line for their feet to reach the ground.
Superb Ride Comfort & Excellent Wind Protection
Low vibration and seats with thick cushioning and low-rebound urethane contribute to superb ride comfort. The Ninja 400 SE ABS larger-volume bodywork also offers great wind protection, further contributing to ride comfort.
High-Class & Futuristic
Twin LED Headlamp
In addition to contributing to the Ninja 400/250’s sharper looks, slim LED headlamps (each featuring low and high beams, as well as a LED position lamp) are highly visible and offer significantly increased brightness.
The Ninja 400/250 is equipped with the same instrument cluster as the Ninja 650, contributing to the high-grade feel of the tidy cockpit. The sophisticated instrument design features a large analogue tachometer flanked by warning lamps on one side, and a gear position indicator and multi-function LCD screen on the other.
|• Liquid-cooled • 4-stroke • DOHC • 4 valves • 399cm3
• Fuel Injection • 6-speed • 168 kg