KAWASAKI has announced the launch of a new colour scheme for the Kawasaki Z400 2022, which will be available in Japan on September 24, 2021 at a suggested price of ¥682,000.
Contemporary street bike inherited from Sugomi
As the mid-size model of KAWASAKI’s genuine Z-series street bike family, the Z400 naturally inherits the “Sugomi” family genes, so it stands out among rival bikes in its class by its low profile and readiness to attack. The Z400 can be regarded as a sibling of the Ninja 400, so it is also powered by a water-cooled 4-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel twin-cylinder engine with a displacement of 399cc and a maximum power of 48ps, and a six-speed gearbox and auxiliary slipper clutch. The lightweight body provides excellent stability and high manoeuvrability for sharp handling, and the pressure-free straight-back riding position and low seat height make it easy for both beginners and experienced drivers to get to grips with. The popularity of the Z400 is clear to see. The Z400 is available in two paint finishes for the 2022 model year, a new, white based Pearl Robotic White / Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray (Pearl Robotic White / Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray) and a Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black (Metallic Spark Black), which is a continuation of the existing colours but with a different paint design. Green / Metallic Spark Black, both with an MSRP of ¥682,000 in Japan.
NEW PATTERN: Kawasaki 2021 Z400 Thailand Edition
Kawasaki has previously launched the Z400 series in a new pattern for the Thai market in 2021: the standard Z400, the Z400 SE with a high windscreen and passenger rear seat cover as standard. The engine has a bore and stroke of 70 mm x 51.8 mm, a displacement of 399 cc, an electronic fuel injection system with a 32 mm throttle bore, a six-speed gearbox, a slipper clutch as standard and a maximum power output of 33.4 kW (approx. 45 hp).
The bike has a tubular frame with 41 mm fork core, Uni-Trak multi-link mounted mono-barrel rear shock, hybrid instrument panel and full LED lighting system. The Z400 for the South-East Asian market has a significantly brighter and more eye-catching look than the East Asian versions (China, Japan, etc.).
Twin-cylinder and slipper clutch in parallel: the Z400 ABS
The Z400 is a twin setup with the Ninja 400, with a 399c.c. parallel-twin engine with 45ps and a modified assisted slipper clutch for smooth engagement and clutch feel, and a lightweight steel tube weave frame with a lightweight of 167kg. The new colours for 2022 are Pearl Robotic White/Metallic Matte Graphenesteel Gray (white base) and the current Candy Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black (white base). Lime Green/Metallic Spark Black) will also continue to be available at an RRP of US$4,999.
In terms of lights, the LED headlights are enough for me if I don’t drive too fast at night, and the front end has a bit of a big brother Z900 feel to it, which is still very nice. The overall lines of the vehicle are beautiful and slim, the weight is very light, the seat height is friendly, 174cm two feet on the ground full of security, especially good hands. Perhaps because the front end is not large, the driver always feels close to the front end and does not feel safe. The fuel tank is a good size and clamps naturally during the ride, but the rear of the tank is convex and the seat with a slope from back to front is not very friendly to male riders.
The next aspect of the ride is that the 400 is very light and agile, thanks to its weight and Kawasaki credentials, and it rides through the streets with ease, and the 400’s power is very linear, not particularly aggressive, and the start in first gear is not abrupt, making it a good first bike for new riders. The shocks feel stiff, so it’s probably aimed at a sports street bike for better handling. Overall it is worth getting.