Kawasaki ZXR 400 (ZX400H, ZX400L, ZX400J, ZX400M)

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Kawasaki ZXR400 (ZX400H) 1989-1990

The sports motorcycle model ' Kawasaki ZXR 400 ' appeared in 1989, replacing the model Kawasaki GPX400R, which by that time had "grown" into two models - Kawasaki ZXR400 and Kawasaki ZZ -R400. Specifically, the ZXR400 was modeled after the ZXR-4 racing model used in the TT-F3 series.

At the time of its release, the Kawasaki ZXR 400 featured many advanced technologies found only in racing models. First, the model received a rigid aluminum frame. Secondly, the sporty, fully adjustable suspension (inverted fork). Thirdly, the ram-air system, which increases the maximum power. Fourth, powerful 4-piston brakes. Fifth, Kawasaki's proprietary technologies:

  • K-CAS - air duct system for cylinder head cooling.
  • K-BATL - torque limiting system (excludes locking of the rear wheel on a sharp downshift).
  • KIS-ARM - swingarm mechanism that increases the rigidity of the rear suspension and reduces its weight.

The main modifications of the Kawasaki ZXR400:

  • Kawasaki ZXR400 (ZX400H, ZX400L) - regular version.
  • Kawasaki ZXR400R (ZX400J, ZX400M) - "racing" version. Features a plug in the passenger seat, fully adjustable suspensions, different camshafts (taller cams) and flat throttle (FCR) carburetors (Keihin FVKD).

Another feature of the Kawasaki ZXR 400 is the fact that it was available not only in Japan, but also supplied to European countries. Export modifications produced up to 65 hp. power. Based on the Kawasaki ZXR 400 engine, the naked Kawasaki Xanthus 400 was created.

1999 was the last year of production of the model, after which it was finally removed from the Kawasaki production line. Nevertheless, the Kawasaki ZXR400 has gained great popularity not only in Japan, but also in some countries around the world. The most powerful in its class and more racing-like prototypes, the ZXR400 stands out clearly from similar models from other Japanese manufacturers.

The lineup of the Kawasaki ZXR series:

The main competitors of the Kawasaki ZXR 400 in the class:


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Specifications Kawasaki ZXR 400:

ModelKawasaki ZXR400
Motorcycle typesports
Release year1989-1999
Framealuminum diagonal
Engine type4-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume398 cm³
Bore / Stroke57.0 x 39.0mm
Compression ratio12.1: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 4x Keihin CVKD32 - ZX400H, ZX400L

Carburetor, 4x Keihin CVKD30 - ZX400L3-L9 (Japanese versions)

Carburetor, 4x Keihin FVKD32 (flat throttle) - ZX400J, ZX400M

Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power62.0 h.p. (45.6 kW) @ 12,500 rpm - ZX400H, ZX400J with inertial supercharging

59.0 h.p. (43.0 kW) at 12000 rpm - without inertial boost

65.0 h.p. (47.8 kW) @ 13000 rpm - ZX400L, ZX400M with inertial supercharging

53.0 h.p. (39.0 kW) @ 12000 rpm - ZX400L3-L9 (Japanese versions)

Maximum torque39.2 Nm (4.0 kg * m) at 10,000 rpm - ZX400H, ZX400J

36.3 Nm (3.7 kg * m) @ 12000 rpm - ZX400L, ZX400M

Drive typechain
Front tire size120/60 R17 55H
Rear tire size160/60 R17 69H
Front brakes2 discs, 300mm, 4-piston calipers - ZX400H, ZX400J

2 discs, 310mm, 4-piston calipers - ZX400L, ZX400M

Rear brakes1 disc, 220 mm, 2-piston caliper
Front suspensionInverted Fork (Adjustable) - 120mm Travel - ZXR400

Inverted Fork (All Adjustments) - 120mm Travel - ZXR400R

Rear suspensionPendulum Uni-Trak with monoshock (adjustable), stroke - 140 mm - ZX400H, ZX400J

Pendulum Uni-Trak with monoshock (adjustable), stroke - 120 mm - ZX400L, ZX400M

Motorcycle length2035 mm - ZX400H

2025 mm - ZX400J

1995 mm - ZX400L, ZX400M

Motorcycle width705 mm - ZX400H, ZX400J

710 mm - ZX400L, ZX400M

Motorcycle height1125 mm - ZX400H, ZX400J

1080 mm - ZX400L, ZX400M

Wheelbase1395 mm - ZX400H, ZX400J

1385 mm - ZX400L, ZX400M

Saddle height765 mm - ZX400H, ZX400J

760 mm - ZX400L, ZX400M

Minimum ground clearance120 mm - ZX400H, ZX400J

115 mm - ZX400L, ZX400M

Acceleration to 100 km / h4.3 sec.
Maximum speed180 km / h (Japanese versions, with limiter)
Fuel tank capacity16.0 l
Motorcycle weight (dry)162 kg - ZX400H

160 kg - ZX400J, ZX400L

159 kg - ZX400M