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New Aprilia RS 457 vs. Kawasaki Ninja 400

Piaggio Vehicles Pvt Ltd has finally unveiled the Aprilia RS 457 for the Indian market. It will be interesting to see what makes the difference between these motorcycles being excellent models in their own right. The new Aprilia RS 457 will enter a highly competitive segment that the globally recommended entry-level sports bike Kawasaki Ninja 400. Let’s see a detailed comparison between the Aprilia RS 457 and Ninja 400.

The two fully-faired motorcycles are smaller versions of their bigger siblings, the ZX-10R and the RSV4. A design that offers performance in the segment that is becoming popular in India. For those in the market looking for one of these, here’s how they compare.

Aprilia RS 457 vs Kawasaki Ninja 400: Design

You must have noticed that the design of both the motorcycles is sporty. The Aprilia RS 457 takes design inspiration from its bigger siblings, the RS 660 and RSV4. The fairing looks the same, and the underbelly exhausts the RS 660. The 457 features the same split headlight design and DRLs as its bigger siblings, while the rider is pressed into the motorcycle, but not as aggressively as the RSV4. 

The Kawasaki Ninja 400 looks similar to the 10R after the recent facelift all Ninja series look similar. The Ninja 400 features a dual headlight design with an aggressive front fairing and side-mounted exhaust while offering a slightly more comfortable rider triangle than the ZX-4R or 10R.

Aprilia RS 457 vs Kawasaki Ninja 400: Engine

Comparison of both engines. The Aprilia has a larger displacement, thus producing slightly more power and 12 Nm of additional torque than the Kawasaki Ninja 400.

As mentioned earlier, both the motorcycles are tuned for performance, and they are both powered by twin-cylinder liquid-cooled engines mated to a 6-speed gearbox.

SpecificationsAprilia RS 457Kawasaki Ninja 400
Kerb Weight175kg 168kg

Aprilia RS 457 vs Kawasaki Ninja 400: Features

The Aprilia RS 457 gets adjustable USD forks, a monoshock at the rear, and disc brakes at both ends with dual-channel ABS. 17-inch wheels wrapped in 110-section front and 150-section rear tires, full LED lighting, a 5-inch TFT display, three levels of traction control, ride modes, and an optional quick-shifter

The Ninja 400 features telescopic non-adjustable front forks, a monoshock at the rear, 17-inch wheels wrapped in 110-section front and 150-section rear tyres, a semi-digital instrument cluster, and dual-disc brakes at both ends. Channel. ABS, and LED headlights, etc. There is no riding mode or traction control in the Ninja.

Aprilia RS 457 vs. Kawasaki Ninja 400: What to Choose

On paper the Aprilia is more attractive as it has more power, better adjustability, better equipment, and the electronic assistance details come out when we drive it. The Ninja offers old-school motorcycling without any assistance, and the twin-cylinder unit is reliable.

So one has to choose, it will come down to service, as Aprilia Bikes has not yet decided on the service network for the RS 457, while Kawasaki does have a service network, but it is for spares. A waiting period of 15 to 20 days is required. If you want to choose, we strongly recommend testing on both motorcycles first.

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