2018 - 2022 Kawasaki Ninja 400

It’s the new big small-displacement Ninja

Kawasaki took the next step in the struggle to find that perfect balance between displacement, performance, and affordability with the new-in-2018 Ninja 400.

By bumping the displacement up to 399 cc, the factory gave us enough power for both comfort and fun.

The Ninja 400 has the aggressive styling that you expect from the Ninja family

with a host of improvements over the previous generation including more power, less weight, and a mature presentation.

Restyled bodywork on the Ninja 400 strikes more of a big-bike tone

with elements from its H2 and ZX-10R big brothers.

The new Trellis frame is rigid in all the right places for a nimble nature and eagerness in the corners that fans of the marque expect.

To increase comfort, the handlebar has a bit of rise that makes a more-vertical riding position possible with plenty of room to tuck in and throw around some body English.

A narrow waist allows for an easy shot from hip to ground and a functional seat,

but the passenger isn't so lucky with a skinny “I'd-really-rather-ride-alone” p-pad out back.

Even though Kawasaki engineers weren't exactly putting together what you might call a stupidfast engine, they paid due diligence to performance-enhancing details.

The 400 has more torque than the 300, which makes for a snappier ride.

The engine delivers predictable, user-friendly performance producing 28 pound-feet of torque at 8k and has a slip-and-assist clutch.

No traction control or rider modes, but that's to be expected at this pricing point.

MSRP on the 2022 Ninja 400 starts at $5.2k for non-ABS, $5.6k with ABS, and $5.8k for the KRT Edition that only comes with ABS.

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