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. Video: Kris Hodgson
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