2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS First Look Preview

Kawasaki’s peppy Z400 returns to the US model lineup for 2021.

Kawasaki’s lovable Z400 ABS returns to Team Green’s US model lineup for 2021.
Kawasaki’s lovable Z400 ABS returns to Team Green’s US model lineup for 2021.Kawasaki Motors Corp.

Kawasaki announces the return of its peppy Z400 ABS ($4,999) for the 2021 riding season. Based off of the Ninja 400, the Z is designed for riders who desire a more upright riding position, without a conventional front fairing and windscreen.

It continues to be powered by a liquid-cooled 399cc parallel-twin engine that’s good for just over 44 ponies at the business end of the Dunlop GPR-300 rubber. The engine drinks fuel from a generous 3.7-gallon fuel tank. Power is transferred through a manual six-speed gearbox and chain final drive. Adjustable-position brake and clutch levers make it easy to get comfortable at the controls whether you’re a big- or small-handed person.

The Z400 ABS is a versatile and practical naked streetbike for those looking for a fun and affordable around-town mount.
The Z400 ABS is a versatile and practical naked streetbike for those looking for a fun and affordable around-town mount.Kawasaki Motors Corp.

The chassis and suspension components are also shared with the Ninja albeit for slightly softer fork and shock springs which are theoretically more accommodating for lighter folks. Based off our experience, however, during the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja 400 ABS versus Z400 ABS comparison, the difference is negligible.

What isn’t trivial is the Z bike’s above average ride quality whether riding over bumpy surfaces on the way to work or when riding at a fast clip around twisty stretches of tarmac. LED lighting and ABS are also welcome standard features helping the Kawi rider stay safe day and night.

MSRP remains unchanged, however it has moved up by $200 since its introduction for the 2019 model year.

2021 Kawasaki Z400 ABS Technical Specifications And Price

PRICE $4,999 as tested
ENGINE 399cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 8-valve
BORE x STROKE 70.0 x 51.8mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 11.5:1
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection w/ 32mm throttle bodies
CLUTCH Wet multiplate slipper clutch; cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
MEASURED HORSEPOWER 44.1 hp @ 9,830 rpm
MEASURED TORQUE 25.1 lb.-ft. @ 8,250 rpm
FRAME Steel trellis
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm fork; 4.7-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Hydraulic shock adjustable for spring preload; 5.1-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Axial-mount 2-piston caliper, 310mm disc w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 2-piston caliper, 220mm disc w/ ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Die-cast aluminum; 17 x 3.0-in. / 17 x 4.0-in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Dunlop Sportmax GPR-300; 110/70-17 / 150/60-17
RAKE/TRAIL 24.5°/3.6 in.
WHEELBASE 53.9 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 30.9 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 3.7 gal.
MEASURED WET WEIGHT 364 lb.
WARRANTY 1 year
AVAILABLE Now
CONTACT kawasaki.com
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