Kawasaki’s modern Z lineup of naked motorcycles has once again grown. Slotting in between the Z125 and the Z650 is the all-new Z400 – a sub-$5,000 upright motorcycle based on the Ninja 400.Kawasaki unveiled the bike Tuesday at EICMA Milan Motorcycle Show, and we have all the details. Following are the fast facts about the 2019 Kawasaki Z400 ABS.
1. Kawasaki transplanted its Ninja 400 engine into a naked chassis. The 399cc parallel twin produces 28 ft/lbs of torque at 8000 rpm, and is paired with a close-ratio six-speed transmission with a slipper clutch.2. Like the Z900 models, Z650 and Z125, the Z400 uses a steel trellis frame for optimal rigidity and lightweight handling. The engine is rigid-mounted in the frame and is used as a stress member for better handling.3. Sticking with Supersport intentions, the Z400 has a short 53.9-inch wheelbase and lower center of gravity for sharper handling.4. The 2019 Kawasaki Z400 has a wet weight of 368.1 pounds. This light weight was achieved through slimming down the weight of not only the engine and frame, but also the slimmer seat, wheel and heat management designs.5. Suspension duties are handled by a 41mm front fork (non-adjustable) and rear shock with five-way preload adjustability. The Z400 has 4.7 inches of wheel travel up front, and 5.1 inches out back.6. Stopping the 2019 Z400 is a 310mm front disc squeezed by a two-piston Nissin caliper, and a single rear 220mm disc squeezed by a two-piston caliper. Nissin ABS is standard.7. The 17-inch five-spoke cast wheels were designed with input from the Kawasaki World Superbike team. The wheels are shod in 110/70 rubber up front, and 150/60 out back.8. To accommodate a wide selection of riders, the Z400 features upright styling with a relaxed rider triangle. The handlebars are wide, and the aluminum footpegs are positioned more forward than the sportbikes like the Ninja ZX-6R and ZX-10R.9. The cockpit was designed for cleanliness and easy reading of the instruments. The Z400 borrows the design from the Z650, and features a gear position indicator stacked vertically between the new large analog tach and LCD instrumentation display.10. LED headlights and taillight are standard.11. The 2019 Kawasaki Z400 ABS is available in two colors: Candy Lime Green / Metallic Spark Black and Candy Cardinal Red / Metallic Flat Spark Black. The price is set at $4,799 (MSRP).
2019 Kawasaki Z400 Specs:
Type: 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled
Bore x Stroke: 70.0 x 51.8mm
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Power: 28.0 lb-ft @ 8,000 rpm
Fuel System: DFI® with 32mm throttle bodies
Ignition: TCBI with digital advance
Transmission: 6-speed, return shift
Final Drive: Sealed chain
Chassis & Suspension:
Frame: Trellis, high-tensile steel
Front Suspension/Wheel Travel: Telescopic fork/4.7 inches
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
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In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!