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Lil Ninjers - June 21, 2018, 10:06 AM

I picked up a little ninja from Valley Cycle Center in Winchester.



I've owned the 250, 300, and now this.


The 400 to me, is the true essence of a small sportbike. And it's not even that small. It's wider between the knees than my KTM superduke and not that much shorter. The seat is a lot lower though.



The motor is still not sportbike fast, but holy hell it's pretty damn good. The chassis and bargain basement suspension is really good. It's sprung a lot firmer than the 300. You can really rip on back roads with it.





Oil changes require no fairing removal, it's averaging 60mpg (motor is still tight) and it runs on 87. It even looks like a mini H2R from the front and back.
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June 21, 2018, 10:51 AM

A friend of mine just clocked 121.2 on GPS on his 400 and he is not jockey sized at all.

He is ditching his 300 that he goes 102 103 in the humidity.


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ZX14: 222 mph
ZX12: 229.6 mph
ZX10: 202.8 mph

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EX650: 130.7 mph

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June 21, 2018, 11:30 AM

Nice looking Bike! I owned (2) 500's a while back, and Kawasaki sure has done quite the job of making their smaller sport bikes look more like a sport bike over the years. That 400 is sharp looking!
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Scot that looks like a fun little bike to ride


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Looks like my kinda bike. Was looking at RC390 (don't expect Jap reliability but some basics not right), but looks unreliable. Hope Kawi make a naked version.


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June 21, 2018, 09:37 PM

Man that's a supersport looking bike. Kawi did a great job with those.


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I wouldn’t normally put an exhaust on a parallel twin. The stock exhaust hit my heel. I couldn’t move my foot around like I wanted to.


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Why ya gotta tell me this? I want one so bad. Been pining for a small motor sportbike, but don't have much time for track these days. Swore to myself if I ever got a bike for the road, it'd be a standard...
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Why ya gotta tell me this? I want one so bad. Been pining for a small motor sportbike, but don't have much time for track these days. Swore to myself if I ever got a bike for the road, it'd be a standard...



I haven't had little gumballs on tires street riding since I was in my 20s and invincible. I have little gumballs on my tires from yesterday's ride through country.



That could be from the fact I'm 600000lbs and they are skinny tires....or it might be from all the fun I had blasting corners and being an asshole.


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I hope this bike is a hit. It's a nice compromise and would make a fantastic commuter.


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Looks like my kinda bike. Was looking at RC390 (don't expect Jap reliability but some basics not right), but looks unreliable. Hope Kawi make a naked version.

Out the gate felt stronger than the Ninja 300 for sure. But up top I think the Ninja could creep back.


Had a 390 here in the shop with a light rider and a blown rear shock at 5k, can't say too much about anything other than their rear shocks.


Ninja 400 feels smaller than 300. 300 is heavier, longer wheelbase and more room front to back for bigger riders. 300 may be more ideal for the bigger rider but the 400 will pull them noticeably better.


Ninja 400 top speed with same rider looks to be nipping at the heels of the Katana 600 flat out...which nips on the heels of the Ninja 650.....which nips on the heels of the SV650....caw caw....



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ZX14: 222 mph
ZX12: 229.6 mph
ZX10: 202.8 mph

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200 kph is serious BINIS


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ZX14: 222 mph
ZX12: 229.6 mph
ZX10: 202.8 mph

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they need to screw their fucking heads on straight and put out and r version with alum swinger, frame, axles, proper single disc front brakes, and upgraded suspension. get it down to like 320-330.
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ali, I have a set of nearly new 2017 ninja 650 rims with rotors and sprocket. off a part out. let me know
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Ninja 650R wheels are heavier than my BSTs.

But thanks bruh


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ZX14: 222 mph
ZX12: 229.6 mph
ZX10: 202.8 mph

ZX9: 177.6 mph
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