Kawasaki Ninja 400 vs. 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 - Spec comparison

Praveen M

Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.

Kawasaki launched its much-hyped sports tourer, the Kawasaki Ninja 400 recently. Let’s see how it goes up against the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 on paper.

Kawasaki Ninja 400 KRT Edition right side
The bike is available only in one colour for the Indian market- KRT Edition green.

Mid-capacity sports tourers are one of the perfect motorcycles for the Indian market. The bikes power output is usable, and the maintenance costs are also affordable enough to make a hassle-free riding experience. The Kawasaki Ninja 400 features a design language inspired by the Ninja H2 and the ZX-10R. The bike gets LED headlights and tail lamp. The Yamaha YZF-R3, on the other hand, comes with twin halogen headlamps and a LED tail light. Both bikes have sporty yet comfortable ergonomics.

Specifications Kawasaki Ninja 400 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3
Engine 399 cc parallel twin with liquid cooling and fuel injection 321 cc in-line twin DOHC engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection
Peak Power 49 PS at 10,000 rpm 42 PS at 10,750 rpm
Maximum Torque 38 Nm at 8,000 rpm 29.6 Nm at 9,000 rpm
Transmission 6-Speed 6-speed
Front Suspension 41 mm telescopic fork Telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Bottom-Link Uni-Trak, gas-charged monoshock with adjustable preload Monocross type suspension
Front Brake 310 mm petal disc with ABS 298 mm disc with ABS
Rear Brake 220 mm petal disc with ABS 220 mm disc with ABS
Front Tyre Size 110/70R17 M/C 54H Dunlop Sportmax Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact 110/70R-17M/C 54H (Tubeless)
Rear Tyre Size 150/60R17 M/C 66H Dunlop Sportmax Metzeler Sportec M5 Interact 140/70R-17M/C 66H (Tubeless)
Fuel Tank Capacity 14 litres 14 litres
Kerb Weight 173 kg 173 kg
Seat Height 785 mm 780 mm
Price INR 4,69,000, ex-showroom Delhi INR 3,48,000, ex-showroom, Delhi

The Kawasaki Ninja 400 outperforms the 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 because of its bigger engine and better output. It also gets a bigger front disc than the R3, and petal design helps in dissipating heat quicker. Both the bikes have the same fuel tank capacity. Despite having a bigger engine, the Ninja and the R3 weigh the same.

2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 Black front right quarter
Yamaha launched the bike at this year's Auto Expo in February.

Also Read: 2018 Yamaha YZF-R3 vs Benelli 302R – spec comparison

Both the bikes are CKD offerings. However, customers may find the stratospheric pricing of the Ninja extremely off-putting. The R3 is INR 1.21 lakhs cheaper while offering comparable levels of power. The Ninja 400 will be available in limited numbers while the R3 is a normal, full-fledged production model.

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