Canadian dealers to sell Ninja 400R

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Canadian dealers will sell the new Ninja 400R as an early-release 2011 model, reports Cycle Canada.

Kawasaki Heavy Industries announced last month that it will be launching the sportbike in Japan on Aug. 1.

The bike has a diamond-shaped steel frame chassis, and is powered by a 399cc liquid-cooled, four-valve DOHC parallel twin. It's fuel-injected and has a three-way catalyzer.

The 400R is also equipped with subthrottle valves to improve intake air.

Just as with the Ninja 650R, a short silencer is located under the engine.

Braking is accomplished via dual 300mm petal disks in front and a single 220mm petal disk in back.

The Ninja 400R's LCD instrument panel is equipped with a digital speedometer, digital bar-style tachometer, fuel gauge, clock and odometer/trip-meter.

According to Kawasaki Canada, the bike makes 43 hp at 9,500 rpm and 27 ft.-lbs. of torque at 7,500 rpm. The bike will be priced at $7,499 and come in both lime green and metallic black.

No word on whether Canadian dealers will eventually get the naked version of the bike, the ER-4n.

Posted by Arlo Redwine