Video Review: 2019 Kawasaki Z400 (LAMS)
Check out our video review of Kawasaki's new addition to the LAMS range in 2019 - the Z400, a streetfighter themed nakedbike option built off the Ninja 400 platform, with all the attitude and extra street cred...
Kawasaki’s Z400 takes the highly popular Ninja 400 platform and puts it to good use in a nakedbike version for new riders, with the highly accomplished 399cc powerplant delivering exceptional performance for the capacity, all in a streetfighter themed futuristic package.
Here we have a quick look at the 2019 Kawasaki Z400 and what’s on offer for new riders and those interested in a small nakedbike that punches well above its weight.
Check out the full written review on the Kawasaki Z400:
Review: 2019 Kawasaki Z400 (LAMS)
2019 Kawasaki Z400 Tech Talk
The Z400’s 399cc parallel twin delivers 33.4kW of power, up 4.4kW from the outgoing Z300, while featuring a more compact clutch down from 1399mm to 125mm, with less rigid operating plates, ensuring a light lever pull.
Numerous weight reduction strategies keep weight to a minimum – despite the larger displacement powerplant, with a clean design trimmed of any unnecessary items, and the slim engine featuring a cooling system with minimised external hoses.
Kawasaki’s advanced dynamic rigidity analysis was used to ensure optimum rigidity with light weight for the trellis frame, with the engine rigidly-mounted and used as a stressed member, with both the engine and frame engine placement was also be optimised. The new chassis features a short-wheelbase/long-swingarm design, complemented by a steep caster angle that aims to deliver light, natural handling. The lightweight design results in a curb mass of only 167kg for the Z400 (3kg lighter than the Z300).
41mm telescopic fork deliver firm yet compliant suspension action, while a 310mm semi-floating front rotor offers sure stopping power, with the latest ABS unit from Nissin. A relatively upright riding position and wider handlebar offer good control, while retaining a dynamic, sporty riding position, and a seat height of 785mm, with a slim design of both the seat (30 mm narrower) and the rear of the engine gives riders an easy reach to the ground – ideal for new and less experienced riders.
In addition to contributing to the Z400’s looks, the newly designed LED headlamp is highly visible and offers significantly increased brightness and a wider illuminated path. Offering an easy-to-read layout, the analogue-style tachometer features a gear position indicator at its centre and sits atop a multi-function LCD screen.
The 2019 Kawasaki Z400 is available in two colour options: Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black, and Candy Cardinal Red / Metallic Flat Spark Black.
2019 Kawasaki Z400 (LAMS) Specifications
Price: $6,299 RRP + ORC
Warranty: Two-year, unlimited kilometre
Colours: Candy Lime Green with Metallic Spark Black, Candy Cardinal Red with Metallic Flat Spark Black
Claimed power: 33.4kW [45hp] @ 10000RPM
Claimed torque: 38Nm [28ft-lbs] @ 8000RPM
Dry weight: 167kg
Fuel capacity: 14L
Engine: Liquid cooled, parallel twin-cylinder, four-stroke, 8-valve, DOHC, 399cc, 11.5:1 compression ratio, 70.0 x 51.8mm bore and stroke, single injector per cylinder, EFI 32mm x 2
Gearbox: 6-speed with Positive Neutral finder
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate with dual action slipper clutch, cable actuation
Chassis: High-tensile steel tube trellis frame with engine as fully stressed member, box-section steel swingarm, Rake: 24.5°, Trail: 92mm
Suspension: 41mm fork, 120mm travel, Bottom-Link UNI-TRAK with 5-way adjustable preload, 130mm travel
Brakes: Single Nissin 310mm semi-floating front disc, Single Balanced Actuation Dual Piston Caliper with ABS, Nissin 220mm rear disc, two-piston caliper. Nissin ABS
Wheels & Tyres: Aluminium alloy, 3.00 x 17in / 4.00 x 17in, Dunlop Sportmax GPR 300, 110/70 – 17 (ff), 150/70 – 17 (rr),
Seat height: 785mm
Instruments: LCD ‘streetfighter’ dash with backlit tachometer