In terms of handling, we were surprised by how adept either bike performed over bumpy surfaces. Handling is equally favorable on smooth twisty stretches of tarmac. Despite not offering adjustment, the fixed damping circuits control suspension movement well and offer a cushy, well-damping ride, in a similar vein to Kawasaki’s current-generation Ninja ZX-6R. Although the Z400’s suspension components employ softer springs, the difference is negligible. That is, until squeezing hard on the front brake lever. Still, it’s nice to know Kawasaki pays attention to subtle details.