KAWASAKI

Z400

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BEST LIGHT­WEIGHT STREETBIKE

“Dy­namic head­room” is an au­dio term that ex­plains how an am­pli­fier can punch above its weight when asked to. Think when hushed movie di­a­log is fol­lowed by mas­sive ex­plo­sions or some­thing sim­i­lar. We bor­row the term here for the Kawasaki Z400 be­cause few un­der-500cc mo­tor­cy­cles have ever been so easy to ap­proach for a newer rider while also ab­so­lutely rip­ping when asked to, up to and in­clud­ing shred­ding a race­track. This high-level com­pe­tence makes ev­ery­day rid­ing at any speed con­fi­dence-inspiring. Need to grind out a 60-mile-a-day com­mute? No prob­lem, and it’ll throw in phe­nom­e­nal fuel mileage. The 44 peak horse­power mea­sured on our dyno is com­ple­mented by a broad, flat torque curve, mean­ing power de­liv­ery is smooth and con­trol­lable. An easy-pull slip­per clutch, light, neu­tral steer­ing, and a com­fort­able rid­ing po­si­tion help make this $4,799 Abs-equipped naked(ish) bike one that could eas­ily serve as your first and only mo­tor­cy­cle for a very long time. So, ride as fast or as slow as you like—you’ll never have to worry about be­ing able to turn up the vol­ume.

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