Honda Motorcycles announced the CBR500R in last year’s EICMA (Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori) motorcycle show in Milan. This year, they are launching a 399cc version of that same bike, the CBR400R.
Based on the CBR500R, the CBR400R possesses the same body, while engine capacity and torque gets reduced to 399cc and 38 Nm, respectively. The engine is a water-cooled four-stroke series two-cylinder DOHC 4 valve, while the transmission format uses a six-speed return. Fuel tank capacity is an impressive 17 liters. The bike weighs 192 kgs overall.
Though engine power and capacity has been reduced, the bike does receive underbody improvements via an enhanced exhaust system designed by Honda Racing Experience. Valve lift and timing have also been optimized to deliver better low-to-mid torque range. Likewise, the standard assist slipper clutch allows for more stability and security in a wide range of driving circumstances.
The 2019 CBR400R comes in three colors: Grand Prix Red, Mat Axis Gray Metallic, and Pearl Glare White. Details are scarce regarding its release, but pundits expect the bike to be available in Japan sometime in the spring. Whether it will find its way to other markets remains to be seen.
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