Kawasaki’s latest Z series offers 2-displacement capacity at 250cc and 400cc displacement.
But for now, I’m just gonna talk about Z400, the naked styled Sugomi design “Streetfighter” that gives you a parallel-twin four-stroke engine, derives from its sibling the Ninja 400, sound pretty solid for a 45hp engine @ 8,500 rpm, with 28 ft/lbs of torque at a lofty 8,000 rpm and I have to say the Z400 has a characterful engine, which can only describe as very punchy lightweight power delivery. Be prepare for a slight baby wheelies often.
Sugomi styling from its bigger sibling Z900 and Z1000 and there’s very quick throttle response and power delivery, while engine braking comes on smooth as butter. Slipper clutch works like magic. First gear may be longer, but thanks to the torque on offer, Z400 gets a very linier response, you can actually ride around at a crawl speed to growl speed within seconds, if you are good at the throttle, superb low-end power response even from low rpm anywhere through the gears.
Aggressive downshifting through the gears is fun and assisted slipper clutch and engine braking helps, if you like blipping the throttle down through the gears.
Clutching is so light, you can even clutch with one finger! Shifting to neutral is always on the dot, so riding around the town would be a breeze, with Z400 light but punchy power makes suburban trips, even more fun.
Even first-time riders will defiantly be confident and feel at home on the Z400’s low seating position. Riders with shorter height and even female riders can firmly planting their foot on the ground at a stop. The Z400 is more than an entry-level bike as the Z400 handles well and delivers thrills on par with more expensive motorcycles. Kawasaki really got it right with this 400 platform. The engine has enough performance to keep most seasoned riders happy, while novices won’t find it overly intimidating. The chassis is stable, compliant, and incredibly agile, making it an excellent option for motorcyclists across the skill spectrum, while still being a comfortable motorcycle. Mixed in with all those positive attributes is the aggressive styling that’s inherent to the Z family, giving the motorcycle a bit of a dark edge and making it appear more mature. All that, while still being financially accessible to potential buyers.
ABS is standard, and all that fun packed motorcycle for only RM28,755. What more do you want me to say? So hop to your nearest Kawasaki dealer and try to get a test ride.