Workforce Inexperienced’s little supersport returns to the Indian market as a BS6-compliant bike, after a hiatus of over two years.
Kawasaki has launched the Ninja 400 in India at Rs. 4.99 lakh, marking the return of the little supersport to our market. The bike was offered right here within the BS4 period, however taken off the cabinets through the transition to BS6 in 2020.
Ninja 400’s premium pricing makes it fairly simply the most costly bike in its class, demanding significantly extra cash than rivals just like the KTM RC 390 (Rs 3.14 lakh) and the TVS Apache RR310 (Rs 2.65 lakh). It’s additionally a large Rs 1.62 lakhs costlier than its stablemate, the Ninja 300.
It does include some class-leading figures and options to go together with that price ticket, although. It’s powered by a 399cc parallel-twin motor producing 45hp at a heady 10,000rpm and 37Nm at 8000rpm. This marks a 1Nm lower from the BS4 model. The rival that comes closest to those figures is the KTM RC 390, which manages 43.5hp and 37Nm from its 373cc single-cylinder motor.
However the place bikes just like the RC 390 and RR 310 get fancy digital TFT shows, the Ninja 400 makes do with semi-digital LCD instrumentation, that includes an analogue tachometer with a neat 12,000rpm redline. Different options on the little Ninja embrace LED headlights, an assist-and-slipper clutch, an ECO indicator on the sprint, and dual-channel ABS.
Regardless of sporting one further cylinder and the biggest engine in its class, the Ninja is a lighter bike than its competitors, tipping the scales at simply 168kg. Holding every little thing collectively is a trellis body, identical to on the KTM and the TVS, however the Ninja has a really accessible 785mm seat peak. Suspension is dealt with by a telescopic fork (each principal rivals get USD forks) and a preload-adjustable monoshock.
We discovered the little Ninja to be a really good little bike after we final rode it, but it surely was severely hamstrung by an nearly absurd price ticket. Sadly, the Ninja 400 in its BS6 guise appears destined for the same destiny.