Kawasaki has just released details of the new 2011 Ninja 400R, which
will be available in Canada beginning in mid-August.
This new member of the Ninja family is closely based on the Ninja 650R,
but it’s engine displaces 399 cc. Bore and stroke measurements are 68.4 x
54.3 mm (versus 83 x 60 mm for the 650R). The fuel-injected mill
produces a useful 43 hp at 9,500 rpm, with torque peaking at 27.3 lb-ft
at 7,500 rpm.
Chassis geometry is identical to the Ninja 650R and wet weight is 203 kg
(448 lb), a kilo less than the 650R.
It will be available in black or lime green at a retail price of $7,499.
This bike is a welcome addition in a displacement category that has been
sadly lacking participants.