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