Good news for motorcycle racers in Canada, as the Canadian Superbike Series organizers reveals that they have approved the participation of the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja 400 for the Mopar CSBK Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike classification.
However, for those that got their Ninja 400 from the local Kawasaki dealers, they need to meet certain restrictions designed to create an even playing field on the racetrack. The Ninja 400 needs to have the stock exhaust header pipe and catalytic converter, though if the bike participating has an aftermarket slip-on tail pipe, it’s still good. The restriction were put in place due to the many 300-sized motorcycles participating in the Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike class.
Additionally, the Ninja will also need to use the CSBK Dynojet Power Commander to throttle engine RPMs. The software must follow the specification for the CSBK Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike class, which has a maximum allowable RPM of 9,500.
There’s also a maximum-permitted post-race RPM horsepower for the Ninja, which cannot go over 44 horsepower, as measured at the Brooklin Cycle Racing Official Dynojet Dynomometer. On top of all that, there’s also a post-race weight that the Ninja must not fall under, taking into account alterations to its fluid levels, of 325 lbs, 5 lbs higher than the 320 lbs required for most other models in the Amateur Lightweight Sport Bike class. The sheer number of restrictions on the Kawasaki Ninja 400 are only to ensure that the competition is fair.
The Professional Motorsports Production, the collective that oversees the CSBK, revealed via their President, Colin Fraser, that the small-displacement street-bike class is rapidly growing so they have to work on creating solutions that allow for the inclusion of newer models, such as the Ninja 400, so they can race on the National Lightweight Sport Bike program. He also expresses thanks to Dynojet Research for cooperating with them, including the creation of a specific Power Commander for the Ninja 400.
The CSBK will be at Brooklin Cycle Racing at Pickering, Ontario, hosting an open house Dyno Day, a week before the CSBK races at Shannonville Motorsport Park, which starts at the 25th of May, 2018.