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Kawasaki Ninja 400R coming to Canada


Kawasaki has an early release 2011 model surprise for all those looking for a new entry level bike, or just a sporty bike that's not all about displacement. It's the Ninja 400R.  


The all-new 400R is based on the larger 650R, sharing many of its attributes, and at 447.5 lbs. weighs, about a kilogram less than the 650R. 


It's a fuel injected parallel twin engine pumps out 43 hp at 9,500 rpm, with torque peaking at 27.3 lb-ft at 7,500 rpm. This is expectedly lower than the 650R which has a claimed 71hp at 8500rpm and 49 ft-lb. at 7000 rpm. MSRP on the 400R will be $1,200 cheaper. Insurance rates should be a little cheaper too.


It comes with a 15.5 L (3.4 gal.) tank and specs on expected fuel consumption are to be determined at the moment - but it's probably going to be pretty good.


MSRP is $7,499.  Available colors are Lime Green/Flat Super Black, Metallic Spark Black/Flat Super Black.


Smart move we think - could this be the start (or return to) of a bigger is not always better trend in motorcycles? There's not too much in the way of competition in this displacement.  I think it'll appeal to the beginner rider wanting something they won't be tired of immediately yet will still hold a strong resale value because of a broad appeal.  I also think they'll capture some riders who have a bit of cash and want a smaller bike for commuting. Might get some of those returning to motorcycling group too.


For more details, check out the link on Kawasaki Canada's website HERE.



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