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Kawasaki ZXR400 Gallery

Kawasaki's ZXR400 is a scaled-down version of the larger ZXR750 sportsbike. A race styled twin headlight fairing is mounted on a stiff aluminium frame, with race-spec suspension and a high-performance inline-four cylinder engine. The engine is dated, but strong for its size. Like all 400cc engines, the ZXR needs to be revved to produce its best power, but a keen rider will reap the benefits of careful gear selection. A slick six-speed gearbox helps, as does the ZXR's light clutch. Ridden on track, the ZXR400's light-weight, accurate chassis and race-developed brakes allow extreme cornering at high speeds. The 41mm (1.6in) front forks and the rear shock are adjustable for preload and damping.

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Kawasaki ZXR400 Kawasaki ZXR400
  • Engine - 398cc, DOHC 4
  • Top Speed - 135mph
  • Maximum Power - 65bhp
  • Dry Weight - 162kg (356 lb)
  • Launched - 1991
  • Fuel Consumption - 50mpg
  • 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 1989 ZXR400  
    1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 1989 Kawasaki ZXR400 Japanese import.
    1990 Kawasaki ZXR400 1990 ZXR400
    1990 Kawasaki ZXR400 1990 Kawasaki ZXR400
    1993 Kawasaki ZXR 400 1993 Kawasaki ZXR 400
    1994 Kawasaki ZXR400 Race-rep 1994 Kawasaki ZXR400 Race-rep
    1996 Kawasaki ZXR 400 L4 1996 Kawasaki ZXR 400 L4 The ZX400-L appeared officially in the UK for 1991 but the H model had been grey-imported in 1990 and available in Japan since '89. In this time (we're now on the L4) little has changed. Some 6lb has been lost, together with a shrinkage of 10mm in the wheelbase, half a degree steeper castor and 2mm less trail.Second, third, fourth and fifth gear ratios have been revised but, as the H model was the fastest of the 400 variants, not much else of significance has been done. The fact that later bikes have been slower doesn't mean too much, except that the long, flat torque curve allows the bike to take advantage of a tailwind and 1990 (139mph) might have been more blusty than 1991 (135) and 1992 (130, when it was still the fastest on the day, out of FZR400, VFR400, KR-1S and RGV). The 1991 L1 gave 59.1 bhp at 13,450rpm: the L4 produced 59.4bhp at 13,000rpm. Any 400 which consistently tops 130 isn't too bad but the ZXR can be improved quite easily. For road use, careful rejetting with Dynojet bits, can make the response crisp enough to transform the bike's apparent performance.

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