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Kawasaki Ninja 400 First Ride Review at

2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 First Ride Review

Is the Ninja 400 too big to be called a beginner motorcycle? Spurgeon heads out to California to meet the new Ninjette and finds answers along the way to some of the most controversial questions surrounding this sporty twin. Kawasaki’s little Ninja has come a long way since its inception as a 250 in the 1980s, but the times and class have changed. But will the bump in displacement displace the Ninja itself from its roots, or has Kawi got it just right?

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  1. What is your impression of engine tractability, from low rev, and low speeds, without having to wring it out? Torquey? Needs revs all the time? Lows? Mids? I would ride suburbia, with occasional highway (60-70mph max)

  2. Was point 1 on the press briefing "don't mention KTM"
    C'mon man we all know why this bike exists – just like the R3 was made to catch up to the ninja 300, the Ninja 400 exists 100% because KTM's 390 was getting lumped into 300cc sports bike comparisons. It's no accident that this bike is like 1 or 2 numbers better than the 390 on everying. It was a point proving exercise to bring back the title and keep the new rider market buying green not orange.

    There's nothing wrong with that, and it doesn't impact if it's a good or bad bike, but don't pussy foot about it just because Kawi gave you a day out.

  3. Love mine, I wanted to add something small with decent power just to scramble around on. As for beginners, I really don't suggest anything less than 40hp if you want something more than inner city. It handles great, something first time riders can grow into and may own much longer than a lower powered heavy machine. Interstate riding is not a problem, just be responsible. 2 up riding is always another story.

  4. Great review I really do like RevZilla bike reviews they tell you everything you need to know some of these other guys on YouTube doing some of these reviews are brand loyal and then forget about all the positives that these new bikes are coming out with

  5. I'm torn between this bike and MT 07. I would appreciate your help so please take a minute to read where my dilemma is coming from. I'm looking for a first bike and I'm just about to finish my rider course. I have no prior experience. The course is about 20 hours, 10 of which riding in city traffic (traffic jam all day long). I spent first 10 hours on Yamaha ybr 125, mostly doing techniques in a parking lot and very few in the traffic. The bike felt like a bicycle, only less stable at low speeds. It also stalled very often if it wasn't given a fair amount of throttle. Within a few hours I was able to do all the required techniques. Then I moved to MT 07 which is the bike I have to take my exam on. As soon as I sat on that bike, it felt as if it was made for me. I'm 5'11, 185 lbs, somewhat athletic build. It felt more stable, never stalled and I was able to do all the techniques with ease. Riding it on the street was a blast, although I never went over 70 km/h (remember, I'm in a riding school :)). I must admit, it felt like I was going 200 km/h.
    I'm 35, been driving a manual transmission sports car for over a decade and I understand how a clutch works, how to engine brake etc. I know that riding is different from driving, but it definitely helped me to use the clutch on the bike. Most of my riding will consist of commuting (city riding, stop and go traffic, trafic jam every day) to and from work which is about 20 km both ways. Occasionally, say every other weekend, I'm planning to take a couple of hours on some curvy roads near the city (say 100 – 150 km at most both ways).
    Reading and watching most reviews about both bikes, most seem to recommend Ninja 400 over MT 07 because the latter is too torquey. Yes it is a rocket comparing to ybr 125, but other than that I don't have a frame of reference and unfortunately I can't test ride Ninja. The price difference between the two 2018 models is only 1000 Euros. I'm also planning to keep the bike for a long time, I barely got permission from my wife to buy a bike, I don't think I'd have another chance any time soon.
    So, for my intended riding and my limited skill set, is one better than the other or I can't go wrong with either of these? Thank you very much for helping me out.

  6. The only negative I have to say about this bike is – first I'll say compared to the competition the Ninja rocks, and the Ninja 250 was rockin' it for a long time – but the negative is, where the hell are the small inline 4s? Didn't Honda have a 45 bhp 4 cylinder CBR250RR in 1990?

  7. It's nice to see Kawasaki dipping into it's past bringing back this little gem . No hype here in this case. I owned a Kawasaki 400 cc in 1980 and I will never forget how much fun it was . Low maintenance and repair , a reliable bike. Made it into a cafe bike in the classic tradition and it was easy to do so . $5k ? I'd buy one .

  8. There's an old saying that says it's a lot more fun to drive a slow motorcycle fast, then it is to drive a fast motorcycle slow. This is true whether it's a car or motorcycle. Ringing out a bike and not having to give up your license for it is a great thing, and therefore, my point is that this does not have to be a beginner's motorcycle, it can be a motorcycle for somebody who wants to have a lot of fun getting every last ounce of power out of the bike and not getting themselves in trouble. It's much like a Mazda Miata. Get me out and never had a lot of power, but you could ring its neck and it would come back for more and you would still have your license with you.

  9. I'm wanting to get into riding! Devouring motovlogger videos. Hope in the next couple of years to get my license and first bike. Always loved the Ninja series from an outsider's perspective.

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