Remember when the littlest Ninja was a 250? Never afraid to play the displacement game, Kawasaki has taken the wraps off the 2018 Ninja 400 and announced pricing, available colors, and even supplied nice pictures of three-time World Superbike champ Jonathan Rea wringing its wee neck at Road America. Or should we say “tween neck,” given the 399cc parallel twin is inching ever closer to 600cc-size machines? (Hey, aren’t those supposed to be on the way out? Say it ain’t so…)
Replacing the outgoing Ninja 300, the Ninja 400 (MSRP $4,999) gets a host of engine, chassis, and bodywork updates. If you’ve ever sheepishly exclaimed, “Look, a ZX-10R!” as a Ninja 300 rolled past, the latest updates will only confound you more, as the 400 bears an even stronger resemblance to its bigger brothers than did its predecessor. Check out the photos below to familiarize yourself with the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400.