There's a new Z in town.
The Ninja rarely comes without its Z variant nowadays. The all-new Kawasaki Ninja 400 was introduced last year so of course, already then there was talk of a standard variant. It is finally official: the lightweight and nimble 400 engine is going naked with the all-new 2019 Kawasaki Z400 unveiled at EICMA.
The fully-faired Ninja 400 has received raving reviews when it launched, so expectations for the Z400 are high but we have no doubts it will live up to the hype. The Z400 shares the same engine and platform as the Ninja combined with the Z-family Sugomi design language.
The fairing is replaced by a smaller, single headlight cowl. The trellis frame has been reworked based on Kawasaki’s “advance dynamic rigidity analysis research” to optimize strength and minimize weight. The wheelbase has been squeezed to only 53.4 inches in length in order to improve maneuverability. The aluminum, stretched-out swingarm which gives the riding a sportier quality, but also helps keep the weight low.
Compared to the more dynamic Ninja, the Z400 offers a more relaxed riding position thanks to a higher handlebar and S-shape profile that squeezes the gas tank and keeps the grips at close reach. The suspension is a 41-millimeter telescopic fork at the front attached to a five-spoke wheel, fitted with the biggest brake disks in the segment, a 310 mm petal disk. At the back, a smaller 220 mm disk has been fitted. The Z400 ABS is also fitted with a Nissin ABS control unit. The riding comfort on the mid-weight Z is in line with what the rest of the family has to offer.
The engine is the same 399cc, parallel twin engine that’s already proven to be a versatile a fun mill in the Ninja 400 and also a huge improvement over the former 300cc block.
The 2019 Z400 will be offered in two color options, the typical Kawasaki candy green and metallic black or in candy red and metallic flat black. Pricing for the ABS unit has been set at $4,799.