Kawasaki KZ400: history, specs, pictures
The Kawasaki KZ400 is 398cc twin cylinder UJM Universal Japanese Motorcycle. This term is blurred today with the various models Japan builds. Few of which look like the UJM of the 1970s and 1980s. Kawasaki produced the KZ400 from 1974-1984. Some of the later models were 440cc. They were built at plants in Akasi, Japan and Lincoln, Nebraska. The Lincoln plant (1974) made Kawasaki the first the first foreign vehicle manufacturer to operate a plant in the United States. KZ400s outsold Honda in the 400cc twins market through the 1970s. These motorcycle were marketed as fuel efficient transportation. Ads would feature the KZ400 next to a Volkswagen Beetle and the tagline "think smaller."
|Also called||KZ400H LTD, KZ 400 H LTD, KZ400 LTD, KZ 400 LTD, KZ 400|
|Bore / Stroke||64.0mm x 62.0mm|
|Horsepower||35.27 HP (26.3 KW) @ 8500RPM|
|Torque||2.36 ft/lbs (3.2 Nm) @ 7000RPM|
|Fuel System||carburetor. keihin vb32ss x2|
|Ignition||battery and coil|
|Spark Plug||NGK B8ES|
|Transmission||Gear box: 6-speed
Final Drive: chain
|Final Drive||Chain: 530x104|
|Brakes||Front: single disc
Rear: expanding brake (drum brake)
|Wheelbase||54.72 inches (1390 mm)|
|Length||81.89 inches (2080 mm)|
|Width||31.89 inches (810 mm)|
|Height||46.46 inches (1180 mm)|
|Weight||374.79 pounds (170.0 Kg) (dry),|
|Oil Capacity||0.77 Gallon (2.90 Liters)|
|Fuel Capacity||3.17 Gallon (12.00 Liters)|
|Fuel Consumption||3.85 liters/100 km (26.0 km/l or 61.10 mpg)|
The bike has a 6-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet multi disk.
Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a expanding brake (drum brake) in the rear. The KZ400 LTD was fitted with a 3.17 Gallon (12.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 374.79 pounds (170.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 54.72 inches (1390 mm) long.