New Honda CBR400R vs Kawasaki Ninja 400 [Detailed Comparison]

Honda CBR400R vs Kawasaki Ninja 400 (Detailed Comparison): After a recent price hike, the Kawasaki Ninja 400 is now available in India for INR 4.99 lakh (ex-showroom). The launch price of INR 4.69 lakh shocked everyone as most buyers were expecting it to stay around INR 4 lakh.

Still, those who have a first-sight crush on this 400cc-segment motorcycle can buy one by visiting the nearest Kawasaki dealership as no direct rival to this motorcycle exists in the Indian market.

KTM RC 390 is a single-cylinder sports bike while Benelli 302R is too underpowered and Yamaha R3 lacks that added displacement value. The closest possible rival to Ninja 400 is Honda CBR400R and undoubtedly, the new model looks extremely good.

2019 Honda CBR400R
New Honda CBR400R

As Honda retails the CBR250R and CBR650R in India, it won’t be hard for the brand to bridge the huge gap by bringing the CBR400R in the coming months. Expected to be priced at around INR 4.50 lakh (ex-showroom), the 400cc CBR is the closest possible rival for Ninja 400.

Not just by engine values, the popularity of the CBR series can also bring shocks to Kawasaki. Honda is clearly ahead in terms of dealership network and that could initially bring big sales number for the brand. Honda CBR400R is powered by a 399cc, twin-cylinder engine producing 46HP @ 9000 rpm and 38Nm @ 7500 rpm.

Kawasaki Ninja 400
Kawasaki Ninja 400

The Kawasaki Ninja 400 also comes with a 399cc, twin-cylinder engine producing 49HP @ 10,000 rpm and 38Nm @ 8000 rpm. Honda CBR400R weighs 192kgs while Ninja 400 is lightweight at just 173kgs.

As Ninja 400 shifted to the new-gen lightweight platform, it lost a lot of weight. Earlier, it was based on the same frame as that of the 2015 Ninja 650.

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Honda CBR400R still comes based on the bigger bike platform and uses massive 120/160 section front/rear ZR-spec tyres. CBR400R supports long 1410mm of wheelbase for improved highway fun. The Kawasaki Ninja 400, on the other hand, takes the track by its side with the benefits.

Honda CBR400R vs Kawasaki Ninja 400

Technical Specification Comparison

Ninja 400 CBR400R
Displacement 399cc 399cc
Transmission 6-Speed 6-Speed
No. of Cylinders 2-Cylinder 2-Cylinder
Max. Power 49HP @ 10,000 rpm 46HP @ 9000 rpm
Max. Torque 38Nm @ 8000 rpm 38Nm @ 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.)

Dimensions & Weight

Ninja 400 CBR400R
Length 2020mm 2080mm
Width 710mm 755mm
Height 1120mm 1145mm
Wheelbase 1370mm 1410mm
Ground Clearance 140mm 130mm
Seat Height 785mm 785mm
Kerb Weight 173kg 192kg
Fuel Tank 14-litres 17-litres
Instrument Console of 2019 Honda CBR400R
Instrument Console of New Honda CBR400R
Instrument Console of Kawasaki Ninja 400

Brakes & Suspension

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

Frame & Tyres

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 4.99 Lakh* INR 4.50 Lakh**

*Ex-showroom India

**Expected Ex-showroom Price

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