Upright and almost naked, the 2022 Kawasaki Z400 ABS is an urban and sport motorcycle based on the faired Ninja 400 sportbike. The Z400 doesn’t lose much in the translation, other than the fairing, a couple of pounds—the chassis and motor are identical. However, the Z400’s ergonomics are more upright, making it comfortable for riding around town and commuting.The oversquare 399cc parallel twin is liquid-cooled, boasts two overhead cams, and has four valves per cylinder. Let it rev, and the engine will comfortably take you over 100 mph. In the canyons, the highly agile 364-pound 2022 Kawasaki Z400 ABS is a disciplined performer, thanks to KYB suspension and Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300 tires. A sizable 310mm disc slows things down in the front, modulated by a two-piston caliper with ABS standard.The six-speed transmission helps get the most out of the mill. For duty in the city, the clutch has an assist function to keep the pull light. Sport riders will appreciate the help of the clutch’s slipper function, should downshifts be too aggressive. An overlooked feature of the Z400 ABS is the Positive Neutral Finder, which is exclusive to Kawasaki. When you’re in first gear at a stop, if you shift up, you will effortlessly be in neutral—every time.
Ideal for novice riders, the 2022 Kawasaki Z400 ABS is also great fun for experienced pilots, and it does it at a price below $5000.
Zero Electric ADV Bike + Al and Bridget from Throw Your Leg Over
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Electric mobility is everywhere nowadays. Whether it’s a car, a truck, an assisted bicycle, a scooter, or any number of new innovations, the electric revolution is certainly here. In this week’s first segment, Nic de Sena took a ride on Zero’s recently announced new Adventure bike—the Zero DSR-X. There’s been a lot of hype about this new arrival on the ADV scene, and of course the questions are many. Nic talks to me about whether Zero actually have a credible, alternative energy ADV bike—or if the machine is just simply an empty promise.
In our second segment, I chat with Al and Bridget from ‘Throw Your Leg Over’. They took time out to record this episode from somewhere in the middle of Romania, of all places.
These interesting Aussies have traveled—and painstakingly documented—the thousands of miles they’ve covered riding the best roads and sights through Australia, Tasmania, Europe, eastern Europe, and Scandinavia, among other places.