Kawasaki Z400 To Launch In Nepal By 2020
The Japanese motorcycle manufacturer has unveiled the new Z400 at the 2018 EICMA show in Milan, Italy. The new motorcycle is basically the naked version of the Ninja 400. If the company brings this bike to Nepal, it will enter through the CKD route to keep the prices very competitive.
As for its styling, Z400 borrows design cues from the larger Z models, which is based on the animalistic Sugomi styling much like the flagship Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ninja 400. Like other Z model’s, the Z400 also uses a steel trellis frame for optimal rigidity and lightweight handling. The frame incorporates the engine as a stressed member.
Like other Kawasaki bikes, the Z400 will also look aggressive and features a muscular fuel tank section, bodywork abound with flowing curves and sharp creases, and a tapering tail-end. The twin headlamps will get a revised design and will feature LED lighting. The overall design of the bike will be quite similar to baby Z900.
In terms of dimensions, the Kawasaki Z400 will measure 1990mm in length, 800mm in width and has a maximum height of 1,055mm. The wheelbase will be 1,370mm, while the seat height will be 785mm. The bike will weigh 165 kg and comes with a 14-litre fuel tank. The bike will come equipped with 17-inch five-spoke cast wheels shod in 110/70 profile tyre up front and a fatter 150/60 profile tyre at the rear.
Kawasaki bikes have always had excellent driving dynamics and the Z400 will be no different. A quick push of throttle would be enough to get the Z400 going with urgency. There is no doubt that bike will offer supreme performance, handling and unparalleled riding experience. The suspension duties will be carried out by a 41mm conventional telescopic front forks and a linkage-type preload-adjustable mono-shock at the back with five-way preload adjustability.
Kawasaki Z400 would be a perfect combination of technology, performance and style. The bike will lock horns with the other sport-naked bikes like KTM 390 Duke, Benelli TNT and BMW G 310 R. Kawasaki Z400 is more focused towards performance than the mileage, so expect it to deliver a mileage of around 18-19 kmpl.
The new Kawasaki Z400 will draw power from a 399cc, parallel-twin, liquid-cooled engine will be able to produce peak power of 45 PS and 38 NM of peak torque. While this spec model is expected to make up to 49 bhp, like the Ninja 400. The engine will be mated to a six-speed gearbox with a slipper-clutch assist that transfers control to the wheel through a chain drive system.
Braking prowess will come via twin 310mm discs with 2-piston calipers in the front and a 220mm disc in the rear with 2-piston caliper. The braking performance will be excellent and the ABS will ensure confidence inspiring braking.