Entry level bikes are all the rage in India available at a nominal price they allow the youth a chance at the biking culture . Kawasaki privy of the fact recently launched their new 400 cc Ninja marking the return of the small super sport into the market. The bike was on sale in the BS4 time but was taken off the on sale portfolio during the transition to BS6.
Although being a starter bike the Ninja 400 turns out to be the most expensive bike in its class and segment with KTM RC 390 (Rs 3.14 lakh) and the TVS Apache RR310 (Rs 2.65 lakh) and the 400 being 4.99 lakh.
The bike is unlike any of its competitors at that price point. It’s powered by a 399cc parallel-twin motor producing 45hp at a heady 10,000rpm and 37Nm at 8000rpm. This marks a 1Nm decrease from the BS4 version. The rival that comes closest to these figures is the KTM RC 390, which manages 43.5hp and 37Nm from its 373cc single-cylinder motor.
The most Unique feature of the bike being the fact that even after being a larger bike than most of its competition the Kawasaki is lighter at only about 168 kg . Holding everything together is a trellis frame, just like on the KTM and the TVS, but the Ninja has a very accessible 785mm seat height. Suspension is handled by a telescopic fork (both main rivals get USD forks) and a preload-adjustable monoshock.
The price of the bike is justified due to the engineering that went into its design , imagine the Research and Development that the manufacturer must have brought forward to produce similar power figures as the competition but with a lower weight hence improving the power to weight ratio profoundly. On track the performance of the bike certainly decimate all doubts regarding the superior price tag.
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