More Affordable Kawasaki Z400RS In The Works?

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The motorcycle scene is a vast one thanks to its diversity. Some are naked bikes or some are fully faired sports bikes, ADVs, cruisers are included too. One such type of motorcycle is Modern-Retro Motorcycles. As its name suggests, modern-retro motorcycles are contemporary production models that are styled after vintage machines, while possessing modern-day engines, frames, and componentry. These modern-retro bikes offer what many riders consider to be the best of both worlds, these motorcycles offer nostalgia-inducing looks backed by thoroughly modern performance and amenities, including modern electronics packages and rider aids. This means getting to cruise the streets with a vintage-style bike, without having to worry about the shortcomings of drum brakes, finicky carbs, and antiquated wire wheels.

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Kawasaki Z400RS: What to expect

Kawasaki recently launched Z650RS in the Indian market at a starting price of ₹6.65 lakh. Reports suggest Kawasaki is developing another retro-styled bike named Z400RS which will be a rival to Royal Enfield 650 Twins. The bike is most likely to make its global debut at the upcoming EICMA scheduled from Nov 25-27 at Fiera Milano, Italy. It could be launched in India by the end of next year. However, there’s no official word about Z400RS as of now. Powering the Kawasaki Z400RS will be the same 399cc engine, as offered with naked Z400. The 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC motor is capable of generating 47.5 bhp of max power and 38 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 6-speed, return shift transmission. This engine also does duty on the Ninja 400 sportbike. Z400RS will have advanced features such as an assist and a slipper clutch. This ensures smooth gear shifts during rapid deceleration or accidental downshift.

Kawasaki Z650rs (2)

When riding at high speeds, this feature also helps avoid issues like rear tire skidding and hopping. Another useful feature offered with Z400 is the Economical Riding Indicator. This essentially helps the user to improve the fuel efficiency of the bike. In most parts, Kawasaki Z400RS will be using the same modern-retro design theme as that of its larger siblings, Z650RS and Z900RS. Expect the motorcycle to use retro styling bits such as round headlamp and rear-view mirrors, classic dual-dial instrument pods, teardrop-shaped fuel tank, wide ergonomically placed handlebar, spoke-style cast wheels, and flat seat design. The bike will have a relaxed riding position with centrally placed footpegs. In terms of functionality, Z400RS will pack in a range of contemporary features. It is likely to get all-LED lighting and underbelly exhaust. Just like Z650RS, the smaller sibling will have a blacked-out engine and frame.

Kawasaki Z650rs

Z400RS will utilize a trellis frame made from sturdy, yet lightweight high tensile steel. Just like its larger siblings, the frame will allow easy maneuvering in tight spots as well as better control and handling at high speeds. The frame is integrated with telescopic forks at the front and swingarm rear suspension. The braking apparatus will be the same as Z400, 310 mm single disc at the front and 220 mm single disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABS will be offered as standard. The Z400RS could be priced at around ₹ 4.5 lakh.



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