KAWASAKI Z400 (2019 - on) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The old Kawasaki Z300 took a bit of flak for coming in well under the A2 power limit but that should be no issue with the new bike which is both more powerful and lighter weight than the old model.
The styling is pure classic Kawasaki, with the trellis frame shouting H2, while also giving the bike light and predictable handling. As expected for a bike aimed at new riders the Z400 has a low seat height and an easy to use slip assist clutch.
It’s also bristling with modern tech such as LED lighting, a digital speedo, gear position indication and the infamous ‘balls of wool’ economical riding indicator.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
EngineNext up: Reliability
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
|Front suspension||41mm telescopic forks|
|Front brake||310mm single disc, Nissin ABS|
|Front tyre size||-|
|Rear tyre size||-|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||-|
|Annual road tax||£44|
|Annual service cost||-|
|Used price||£3,800 - £4,600|
How much to insure?
Top speed & performance
|Max power||45 bhp|
|Max torque||28 ft-lb|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
Model history & versions
Other Kawasaki Z model reviews
- Kawasaki Z1000 review (2014-on)
- Kawasaki Z1000 review (2010-2013)
- Kawasaki Z1000 review (2007-2009)
- Kawasaki Z1000 review (2004-2006)
- Kawasaki Z1000SX review (2017-on)
- Kawasaki Z1000SX review (2014-on)
- Kawasaki Z1000SX review (2010-2013)
- Kawasaki Z125 review (2019-on)
- Kawasaki Z250SL review (2015-on)
- Kawasaki Z300 review (2015-on)
- Kawasaki Z650 review (2017-on)
- Kawasaki Z750 review (2007-2012)
- Kawasaki Z750 review (2003-2006)
- Kawasaki Z750R review (2011-2012)
- Kawasaki Z800 review (2013-on)
- Kawasaki Z900 review (2017-on)
- Kawasaki Z900RS review (2017-on)
- Kawasaki Z900RS Café review (2018-on)
Owners' reviews for the KAWASAKI Z400 (2019 - on)
1 owner has reviewed their KAWASAKI Z400 (2019 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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Fantastic A2 motorcycle. Perfect blend of (capped) performance, comfort, economy, weight and Zed styling. It even sounds quite good too, with the standard exhaust and that slipper clutch on the downshifts. I choose it over the Duke (another fine bike no doubt) as it looks so much easier to spanner on and to keep clean.
The brakes are excellent. I have a few older bikes that I do service myself and they could all pass an MOT on any day of the year, their brakes however, seem wooden in comparison. I read some reviews prior to buying that said the reviewer thought the suspension was quite harsh, but again, in comparison to my older bikes, this seems to be a bit softer and more comfortable.
I have only just finished the worst of the break in period, so still taking it relatively calmly on the Zed. However. the signs are good. It has that feel of an engine that wants to be set free. Lets be honest, it only has 45bhp (but I believe, unusually, that is at the back wheel, not off the crank...only something I have read though), that taken into consideration, it pulls.
Only going to award 4, because it is still being run in, so it too early to praise to highly! Seems to be well bolted together though. Only gripes are the stock mirrors are terrible and the stock indicator stalks seem cheap (they vibrate madly, even at tick over), oh and I needed some grip puppies, as the bars feel very thin.
Very frugal to run, petrol wise. Too early to tell with other consumables, but as I do my servicing myself, it shouldn't be bursting the bank.
ABS, slipper clutch, gear indicator, nice big rev counter. More gizmos than I want, or need in all reality, but I'll take them and to be fair the slipper clutch is a nice addition. An extra £900 (check out Norton performance in the USA) can buy a significant performance hike too, although it may invalidate your insurance!
Buying experience: Superb. Brought as a pre-reg'd bike from M&P in Swansea. I paid the advertised price of £4099, which included free delivery. You'd pay (quite a bit more than tha)t, for several new 125cc bikes on the market). Fantastic value.