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EICMA 2018: Kawasaki Z400, H2 SX SE+ and Versys 1000 revealed

What you are looking at is the naked version of the Kawasaki Ninja 400 called the, err, Z400. The naked motorcycle follows the same design philosophy as its bigger cousins. Essentially, it's a Ninja 400 underneath, but with the fairing stripped off to give the Z400 a typical street-naked look.

The 399cc, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin motor produces 44bhp and 38Nm (Europe spec) of torque and is mated to a six-speed transmission. It features the same suspension setup as the Ninja 400 – telescopic fork at the front and a monoshock at the rear. It features a 310mm disc up front and a 220mm disc at the rear. Being a naked motorcycle, the Z400 is lighter than the Ninja 400.

There is still no word whether the Z400 will come to India or not, but Kawasaki might just bring it to India like they brought the Ninja. If it does come, it will go up against the segment leader, the KTM 390 Duke.


If you are not interested in the sub-400cc naked motorcycle category, then allow us to introduce you to the Kawasaki H2 SX SE+. If you don’t know, Kawasaki manufactures one of the craziest motorcycles on the planet, the Ninja H2. A motorcycle that is basically a portable teleportation device for the rich. But, Kawasaki thought of diversifying the range and added another variant. They launched the H2 SX, a touring focussed H2 and now they have upgraded it. The SX SE+ features new semi-active suspension, developed in collaboration with Showa and Brembo Stylema calipers. Powering this hyper-tourer is a 998cc, supercharged, in-line four motor produces 197bhp at 11,000rpm and 137Nm at 9,500rpm.

Versys 1000

The Japanese bike maker has also unveiled the 2019 Versys 1000. The standard variant gets a new IMU-linked cornering management system, radial front calipers, Kawasaki intelligent anti-lock braking system (KIBS) and ride-by-wire. And, on the other hand, the SE LT+ gets self-healing paint that we have seen on the 2019 H2, cornering LED headlamps, larger windscreen, knuckle guards, heated grips, Kawasaki electronic control suspension, Kawasaki quick shifter and smartphone connectivity in addition to all the features that the standard variant is equipped with.

The 1,043cc motor puts out a max torque of 102Nm at 7,500rpm. A 43mm Showa cartridge fork at the front and Showa gas charged shock takes care of the suspension duties.

So, what would you rather have? A street-naked motorcycle? A capable adventure-motorcycle? Or a hyper-tourer? Tough choice, eh?
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