2023 Kawasaki Ninja 400 First Look Preview

Kawasaki’s bantamweight sportbike is back for another round.

Kawasaki’s bantamweight sportbike is back for another round. (Kawasaki/)

The Ninja 400 and its variations are among the 20 other sport, retro sport, naked, cruiser, adventure-touring, and dual sport models returning to Kawasaki’s lineup in 2023.

Live out your Kawasaki Racing Team dreams with the KRT edition.

Live out your Kawasaki Racing Team dreams with the KRT edition. (Kawasaki/)

Although the 2023 Ninja 400 doesn’t see any major changes for the upcoming model year, buyers can choose between a few new and retouched color options. The same thrilling 399cc parallel-twin heart we’ve enjoyed over the years still beats beneath the bodywork. Other features that carry over include an assist and slipper clutch, six-speed gearbox, trellis frame, 41mm fork, Uni-Trak shock, and dual-piston calipers gripping petal discs, among others.

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Check in periodically with your local dealer because the new bikes will be hitting the showroom floors during the summer months.

The Ninja 400 has a wide appeal across the whole skill spectrum.

The Ninja 400 has a wide appeal across the whole skill spectrum. (Kawasaki/)

The 2023 Ninja 400 will be available in three color schemes, with or without ABS ($5,699/$5,299). In non-ABS form it is the least expensive model in Kawasaki’s 2023 streetbike lineup—yes, even cheaper than the Z400 ABS, which comes in at $5,399; the naked bike comes standard with ABS, and no non-ABS version will be available (for more information on the 2023 Z400, click here). There is also the Ninja 400 KRT Edition for $5,899 (ABS) or $5,499 (non-ABS). Take a look at the 2023 color options below.

The KRT Edition shown in more detail. It’s eye-catching with its graphic work and Lime Green/Ebony color.

The KRT Edition shown in more detail. It’s eye-catching with its graphic work and Lime Green/Ebony color. (Kawasaki/)

The Ninja 400 in Metallic Carbon Gray/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray.

The Ninja 400 in Metallic Carbon Gray/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray. (Kawasaki/)

Kawasaki’s small sportbike in Metallic Magnetic Dark Gray/Metallic Matte Twilight Blue. The latter was also an accent color seen in 2022, but Kawasaki has changed up the finer detailing and graphics.

Kawasaki’s small sportbike in Metallic Magnetic Dark Gray/Metallic Matte Twilight Blue. The latter was also an accent color seen in 2022, but Kawasaki has changed up the finer detailing and graphics. (Kawasaki/)

Kawasaki also added the Pearl Blizzard White/Metallic Carbon Gray color scheme. We’re digging the gradation of colors that streak across the bodywork and circle the rims.

Kawasaki also added the Pearl Blizzard White/Metallic Carbon Gray color scheme. We’re digging the gradation of colors that streak across the bodywork and circle the rims. (Kawasaki/)
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