Quick Comparison: Honda CBR400R vs Kawasaki Ninja 400

Honda CBR400R vs Kawasaki Ninja 400: Kawasaki launched the much-awaited Ninja 400 earlier this year at INR 4.69 lakh (ex-showroom) in India. This price shocked almost everyone as most buyers were expecting this to stay around INR 4 lakh. Still, those who had a first sight crush with this motorcycle can now buy one by placing an order with Kawasaki. No direct rival to this motorcycle exists in India. KTM RC 390 is a single cylinder sports bike, Benelli 302R is too underpowered and Yamaha R3 lacks that added displacement value. The Closest possible rival to Ninja 400 is Honda CBR400R.

Honda CBR400R
New Honda CBR400R

As Honda retails CBR250R and CBR650F in India, it won’t be hard for them to bridge the huge gap by bringing CBR400R in coming months. Expected to be priced around INR 4.50 lakh, Honda CBR400R is the closest possible rival for Ninja 400. Not just by engine values, the popularity of CBR series can also bring shocks to Kawasaki. Honda is clearly ahead in terms of dealership network and that could initially bring big numbers for the brand. Honda CBR400R is powered by a 399cc, twin cylinder engine producing 46 HP at 9500 rpm and 37 Nm at 7500 rpm.

Kawasaki Ninja 400
New Kawasaki Ninja 400

Ninja 400 also comes with 399cc, twin cylinder engine producing 49 HP at 10,000 rpm and 38 Nm at 8000 rpm. Honda CBR400R weighs 194 kg while Ninja 400 is lightweight at just 173 kg. As Ninja 400 recently shifted to this lightweight platform, it lost a lot of weight. Earlier, it was based on the same frame as 2015 Ninja 650. Honda CBR400R still comes based on the bigger bike platform and uses massive 120/160 section front/rear ZR spec tyres. CBR400R supports long 1410 mm of wheelbase for improved highway fun. Ninja 400, on the other hand, takes the track by its side. Here is a quick side-by-side specification comparison table.

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Honda CBR400R vs Kawasaki Ninja 400

Technical Specifications Comparison

Ninja 400 CBR400R
Displacement 399 cc 399 cc
Transmission 6-Speed 6-Speed
No. of Cylinders 2-Cylinder 2-Cylinder
Max. Power 49 HP @ 10,000 rpm 46 HP @ 9500 rpm
Max. Torque 38 NM @ 8000 rpm 37 NM @ 7500 rpm
Fuel Supply Fuel Injection Fuel Injection
Engine Cooling Liquid-Cooled Liquid-Cooled
Engine Setup 4-Stroke 4-Valve DOHC 4-Stroke 4-Valve DOHC
Top Speed 190+ kmph (Approx.) 180+ kmph (Approx.)
Ninja 400 Launched
New Kawasaki Ninja 400
New Honda CBR400R

Dimensions & Weight

Ninja 400 CBR400R
Length 1990 mm 2080 mm
Width 710 mm 750 mm
Height 1120 mm 1145 mm
Wheelbase 1370 mm 1410 mm
Ground Clearance 140 mm 140 mm
Seat Height 785 mm 785 mm
Kerb Weight 173 kg 194 kg
Fuel Tank 14 litres 16 litres
Instrument Console of Honda CBR400R
Instrument Console of Kawasaki Ninja 400

Brakes & Suspension

Ninja 400 CBR400R
Brakes (F) 310 mm Single Disc 320 mm Single Disc
Brakes (R) 220 mm Single Disc 220 mm Single Disc
Suspension (F) Conventional Forks Conventional Forks
Suspension (R) Adjustable Monoshock Adjustable Monoshock
ABS 2-Channel ABS 2-Channel ABS

Frame & Tyres

Honda CBR400R vs Kawasaki Ninja 400
Ninja 400 CBR400R
Frame  Trellis Diamond
Front Tyre 110/70-R17 120/70-ZR17
Rear Tyre 150/60-R17 160/60-ZR17

Ex-Showroom Price

Ninja 400 CBR400R
ABS Model INR 4.69 Lakh* INR 4.50 Lakh**

*Ex-showroom India

**Expected Ex-showroom Price

Quick Comparison: Honda CBR400R vs Kawasaki Ninja 400
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