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Designed as a stop-gap measure between Z300 and Z650, the new Z400 is a Kawasaki’s attempt to cover the entire market spectrum of naked bikes. The bike is intended as a commuter or a second bike, after the entry model people learn how to ride. Designed in a recognizable Kawasaki aggressive style, it doesn’t necessarily have the personality to match, which, with its shorter inseams, ensures a relaxing ride.

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Just like the rest of the Z line, Z400 features a sugomi style profile, with is nose down, tail up approach. What little plastic covering Kawasaki put on the bike provides for an exciting look and a classic naked feel. A cut-down/cut-out front fender accentuates the aggressiveness designers were going for. Dual LED projectors in sharp housing only add to the effect.

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The instrument cluster is fully digital but in a shape of round analog meters.
The bike is based on the Trellis frame, but with engine acting as a stress member, in order to cut weight. It allowed the designers to leave out cradle section of the frame. 24.5-degrees of rake and 3.6-inches of trail ensure some easy cornering and an agile ride.

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The Uni-Trak shock at the rear ensures a smooth ride, with five settings to choose from. The front suspension is a telescopic fork with 4.7 inches of give away, plenty for even the bumpiest roads. The braking power is distributed via twin-piston Nissin and a 310 mm disc at the front and 286 mm at the back wheel. Kawasaki offered ABS as part of the standard package, something buyers will appreciate.

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The engine that powers Z400 comes from Kawasaki’s Ninja supersport division. It is a liquid-cooled, 399 cc engine. It is twin cylinder, DOHC powertrain, delivering 44.7 horsepower and 28 pound-feet of torque. Thanks to the bike’s small weight, the power-to-weight ratio is excellent and promises great acceleration.

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2019 Kawasaki Z400  Price

2019 Kawasaki Z400 costs $4,799, regardless of the color option. You can choose from candy lime green/metallic spark black or candy cardinal red/metallic flat spark black. Its main competitor will be Honda CB500F.

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Designed in the same naked fashion as Kawi, CB 500 features 471 cc parallel-twin engine, which gives it a little edge over the Z400 in terms of power to weight ratio, but barely noticeable. It sports 49.6 horsepower and 31.7 pound-feet of torque, which is a bit more than Z400 but not decisively so.


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