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.