2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400
The 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 400 builds on the popularity of the previous Ninja small-displacement motorcycles and continues to impress.
2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400
The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400 continues upon the success of its small-displacement predecessors: the Ninja 250R and Ninja 300. The Kawasaki Ninja 400 represents Team Green’s effort to attract beginner motorcyclists to its brand, while also satisfying experienced riders with a capable all-around motorcycle. Sharing the same engine and most of the same components, the Kawasaki Z400 is the naked, or standard-style, version of the Ninja 400 with a tubular handlebar and more upright seating position
Kawasaki increased displacement in the 1992 Ten Best Bikes Under 500cc Streetbike winner, Ninja 250R in 2013 to produce the Ninja 300, and in 2018 for the Ninja 400, refining its small sportbike over the past three decades. This culminated in 2018 with the Kawasaki Ninja 400 winning Cycle World’s Ten Best award in the lightweight streetbike category.
The Kawasaki Ninja 400 bears the Ninja moniker, meaning that it falls within Kawasaki’s sportbike line. Other models in Kawasaki’s sportbike line are the Ninja 650 and Ninja 1000. In the supersport line are the Ninja ZX-6R, Ninja ZX-10R, and Ninja ZX-14R. In Kawasaki’s hypersport line are the sport-touring supercharged Ninja H2 SX, Ninja H2, and track-only Ninja H2 R.
The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400 sees no new updates over the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 400 and 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 400 KRT Edition. The base 2020 Ninja 400 comes as ABS and non-ABS variants. The only other difference between these models is offered paint colors.
The Kawasaki Ninja 400 features two new paint schemes for 2020: Pearl Blizzard White and Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Magnetic Dark Gray/Phantom Blue.
The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400 comes in two trims and two different paint schemes. The non-ABS Kawasaki Ninja 400 costs $4,999, while the ABS version costs between $5,299 and $5,499, depending on the color scheme.
The 2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400 houses a 399cc DOHC parallel twin engine. Kawasaki claims the engine produces 45 hp (33.56 kilowatts) at 10,000 rpm and 28 pound-feet of torque at 8,000 rpm.
On our in-house dyno, the Kawasaki Ninja 400 produced 43.4 hp (32.4 kilowatts) at the rear wheel with 24.6 pound-feet of torque at 8,250 rpm.
That’s a 3.6 percent difference in horsepower from what Kawasaki claims. This falls within the expected range of a 10 to 15 percent difference because of how crankshaft horsepower and rear wheel horsepower is measured.
The Kawasaki Ninja 400 is hailed as a great beginner bike and an excellent overall small-displacement motorcycle because of its well-thought-out ergonomics, smooth torque curve, and good-handling chassis. Kawasaki continues to produce top-performing and widely accessible small-displacement motorcycles that excel in the space.
|2020 Kawasaki Ninja 400||Non-ABS||ABS|
|Engine||Liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin||Liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin|
|Bore x Stroke||70.0mm x 51.8mm||70.0mm x 51.8mm|
|Torque||28.0 lb.-ft. @ 8,000 rpm||28.0 lb.-ft. @ 8,000 rpm|
|Seat Height||30.9 in.||30.9 in.|
|Trail||3.6 in.||3.6 in.|
|Front Suspension||41mm; 4.7-in. travel||41mm; 4.7-in. travel|
|Rear Suspension||Preload adjustable; 5.1-in. travel||Preload adjustable; 5.1-in. travel|
|Wheelbase||53.9 in.||53.9 in.|
|Fuel Capacity||3.7 gal.||3.7 gal.|
|Claimed Curb Weight||361.6 lb.||366 lb.|