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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-23-2017, 07:57 AM Thread Starter
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By multiple accounts, it seems like Kawasaki will be updating the 300 Ninja > 400cc motor. Will the Versys-X follow suite? No CARB updates on the 400 motor as of yet...
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you know the ninja 400 has been around for years now.... its just FINALLY getting a US release.... before you could only get it in Cannukistan (Canada)

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you know the ninja 400 has been around for years now.... its just FINALLY getting a US release.... before you could only get it in Cannukistan (Canada)
That 400 was just a debored 650 to pass tax laws-I think they are talking new engine--smaller- lighter that would be great

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you know the ninja 400 has been around for years now.... its just FINALLY getting a US release.... before you could only get it in Cannukistan (Canada)
That 400 was just a debored 650 to pass tax laws-I think they are talking new engine--smaller- lighter that would be great-a little back ground in Asia 400cc is max before license and tax laws get heavy so you see a lot of 400cc bikes Yamaha SR 400-stroked to 500cc for North America- Kawasaki 650 debored to 400cc- Honda 400 series stroked to 471cc for us and so on-so I can see Kawasaki doing that-and I'm sure you know a 250 Versys is also available in Asia-all these small bikes are not made for us- Asia first much bigger market

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I know the 400cc motor was available in some Asian markets due to licensing restrictions, but not in Canada? Makes sense if they put the 400cc in the Ninja, the Versys-X will follow suiot. Guess we'll know in a few months. They still haven't CARB certified the 400 motor for USA homologation.
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Never herd of a 400 Ninja
Small bikes never sold here in Canada in the past.
But for some reason the Versys lineup is really making waves.

And it looks like the 300 has bigger sales to older people.
As in a second bike so I or I mean we Older guys can have a play bike for dirt riding.

And I bet Kawasaki never thought older guys that used to have full on dirt bikes (CR, YZ, KX, RM) would be in the market for such a bike.

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Kawasaki just CARB certified the Versys 300 as a 2018 model, so I'd guess no 400 for US market.
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Never herd of a 400 Ninja
Small bikes never sold here in Canada in the past.
But for some reason the Versys lineup is really making waves.

And it looks like the 300 has bigger sales to older people.
As in a second bike so I or I mean we Older guys can have a play bike for dirt riding
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And I bet Kawasaki never thought older guys that used to have full on dirt bikes (CR, YZ, KX, RM) would be in the market for such a bike.

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I was hoping for an updated KLX250S, but it looks like the Versys 300 is the replacement.

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They also CARB certified the Versys 650 ABS for 2018. Bold new graphics on the way..
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I was hoping for an updated KLX250S, but it looks like the Versys 300 is the replacement.
Spoke too soon. Looks like they only converted to fuel injection which only affected me when I was riding in the NM mountains. I will have to see if it has any other improvements when the reviews come out.

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400 Ninja for USA just confirmed for 2018. Perhaps a Versys 400 will be coming in 2019..
399cc 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 Confirmed for US
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Found this thread in a search...my question exactly!

I was 95% convinced to pull the trigger on a Versys-X 300 as a commuter, then I heard of the Ninja 400.

If Kawasaki is going to release a Versys-X 400, I think I'd rather wait.
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...If Kawasaki is going to release a Versys-X 400, I think I'd rather wait.
Yup - pretty hard to pass up 43 HP!

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We could find out later this week! AIM Expo opens in Vegas on Thursday the 11th, and the Kawasaki homepage has a countdown timer, and is putting out teasers; so they are stirring up some hype which is exciting.

The KLR is done after this year, and I maintain that a Versys-X 400 makes the most sense as a replacement, im hoping we see that this week. As well as a supercharged middleweight engine in a new chassis or two
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The best replacement for the now discontinued KLR650 would be the new Versys-X 400-21..........a Versys X-400 with the off road capable 21" front wheel.........I would buy one yesterday.
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I thought this had been posted before. The 400cc engine is a sleeved down 650 engine. The one that is in all Kawasaki 650 twin bikes. As such it has no advantages over the 650 engine in package size, cost to make, or weight. It was created simply as a way around regulatory displacement restrictions in the EU and Asia. This poses the question, why not simply use the superior 650 engine in regions the do not have tax or licensing restrictions linked to a 400cc cap on displacement?

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We could find out later this week! AIM Expo opens in Vegas on Thursday the 11th, and the Kawasaki homepage has a countdown timer, and is putting out teasers; so they are stirring up some hype which is exciting.

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Also, if you're slackin' and don't get there until late, you can always stick around towards the end as there's a lot of no-shows which allows you to jump on and go!

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Ninja 400 basis AS$4,999 (RM20,401),and color scheme:

Ninja 400 Metallic Spark Black, AS$4,999 (RM20,401)
Ninja 400 Candy Plasma Blue, AS$4,999 (RM20,401)
Ninja 400 ABS Metallic Spark Black, AS$5,299 (RM21,625)
Ninja 400 ABS Candy Plasma Blue, AS$5,299 (RM21,625)
Ninja 400 ABS KRT Lime Green/Ebony, AS$5,499 (RM22,442)
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