Join the cult of Kawasaki’s Ninja
“Popular” is a word that can be — and has been — stretched quite a bit over the years but labelling the Kawasaki Ninja 250, 300 and now 400 as “popular” would be an understatement.
They have sold massively across the globe and have cult followings.
As for the other manufacturers trying to compete against the outgoing Ninja 300, Kawasaki has sliced them in half with the new Ninja 400’s Katana. No, wait, you know what I mean.
Released in 2008, the Ninja 250R took the world by storm as a topclass package with racy Ninja styling in a fun and friendly package.
I dare say a number of you reading this now learnt to ride on a Ninja 250. Four years later, the Ninja 300 was released and became even more popular, leading as the top-selling motorcycle in a number of markets/segments.
Young riders had to have a Ninja and were seen as lesser beings if they did not have Kawasaki green running through their blood.
The Ninja 400 is all new, with the trellis frame following the design of the supercharged H2.
An “advanced analysis” was used to get optimum rigidity with light weight and gone is the flex of the 300 frame – even the fork brace has been removed as the frame and larger 41mm (previously 39mm) forks offer the right rigidity and feedback. The engine is rigid mounted and used as a stressed member.
The new frame design contributes significantly to the bike’s low curb mass. Like the Ninja H2, the new Ninja 400 features a swingarm mounting plate, allowing the swingarm to be fixed to the rear of the engine. This contributes to stability and also saves weight by eliminating the need for heavy frame cross-members.
Ergonomics are relaxed and friendly for a wide range of riders.
The front of the seat is tapered in so even short-legged people can get a foot flat on the ground.
The bodywork offers good protection, even for tall giraffes.
The clip-on handlebars, when compared to the 300’s, are slightly narrower and lower for a more sporty look, while still being at a very comfortable setting.
Kawasaki offers a good range of genuine accessories like a 30mm higher seat, taller screen, rim tape, radiator cover, DC outlet, frame sliders, seat cowl, tank bag and tank pad — all useful in making the 400 more personal to your liking.
Styling has always been one of the big sellers with the Ninja bikes, and the 400 takes cues from both the 300 and big boy H2.
The package presented is simply beautiful. Boy racers will be very proud to show off their Ninja 400 and the all-important “pub factor” is there in heaps, so when you pull up at the lights, other motorcyclists are looking at you and your ride.
Kawasaki has fitted LED lights, high-quality finished paintwork and the instrument panel also gives a high-class feel, being the same one fitted to the Ninja 650.
To achieve a black belt in any form of martial arts is outstanding. To then move on and become a master, sensei or grand master is restricted to a handful of people around the world.
These masters push further than just a black belt and achieve levels of “Dan”, of which you can go as high as 10 — the Kawasaki Ninja 400 has hit level 10 and will dance rings around the competition.
It’s time to get your Ninja on!
Your local Kawasaki dealer is Albany Motorcycles 9842 2914.
Kawasaki’s Ninja 400 is all new with the trellis frame following the design of the supercharged H2.