Motorcycle Tyres for Kawasaki KH400 Motorcycle

Kawasaki's early bikes had a reputation for aggressive power but a fair bit of instability; in fact the KH500 earned itself the nickname "widow maker". But in the view of many, they finally got it right with the KH400.

It came with a re-engineered muffler for better noise control, improved gearing that helped achieve more miles per gallon, and a new air inlet system that kept it just a tad cooler. The beautiful sweep of its exhausts did no harm either. Championed by many biker magazines, the KH400 helped Kawasaki edge ahead of Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha in the battle for “coolest” bikes on the road by the end of the 1970s. It was also lighter than most of the competition in its class (which included bikes such as the Suzuki GT380 and Yamaha RD400C).

In handling, the KH400 could be a little twitchy compared to the shorter but no less powerful KH350. Some riders say it falls into corners and begins to weave at high speed unless the tyre pressures are scrupulously maintained, or even kept slightly on the high side. If you’re considering experimenting with this, wait until your new Kawasaki KH 400 tyres are broken in.

Although it has a decent tank capacity, fuel consumption was not the best in this bike and age rarely improves that, so bear that in mind when choosing your Kawasaki KH 400 tyres. A tyre that improves fuel efficiency will mean fewer pit-stops on those longer journeys.

The correct tyres for the KH400 are a 90/90x18 on the front, and a 100/90x18 in the rear. However, if you’ve just picked up your classic bike, you could find that a previous owner has fitted a 110/80 at the back end instead. Opinions differ as to whether this degrades the handling but if in doubt, stick with the official specification. With a top speed of 103 mph on the flat, an S-rated tyre or better is recommended.
 

Choosing the Right Tyres for the Kawasaki KH400 Motorcycle

When it comes to choosing new tyres for your Kawasaki KH400 motorcycle rest assured we have a host of options available to you from a number of premium manufacturers for you to make your selection from. Manufacturers include PirelliMetzelerBridgestoneMichelin and Dunlop.

If you're searching for tyres for your Kawasaki KH400 motorcycle, Protyre can help. With over 100 garages, we're a nationwide network that promises outstanding local service. Our experienced technicians will be pleased to service or MOT your bike, as necessary, as well as discuss your tyre options. With an extensive range of all the top tyre makes in stock, we are able to guarantee same or next day fitting for the majority of the tyre brands that we sell. We also have fully trained motorcycle mechanics.

Find Motorcycle Tyres


Ask the Experts

For detailed advice on which tyres to choose for your Kawasaki KH400 , you only have to ask a member of our knowledgeable and experienced team. We can then provide you with great tyres at the best possible prices, along with same or next day fitting in many cases. You can also go online and book your motorbike service or MOT at a Protyre garage near you.