I also have been impressed by the Kawasaki 400 but I think it just looks like every other Ninja and with the KTM we have something unique even with the small issues we face. The test I read in Sport Rider had lots of good things to say about the KTM and placed it very close to the Ninja. I've had Ninja 250's, and 600's and have found the KTM RC390 to really be a blast to ride both in town and in the highway. I recently rode mine over 500 round trip to the MotoGP in Austin, Tx and really had a blast! For the record, from what I've read, the Ninja is not made in Japan but in India, correct me if I'm wrong. I know my 250 Ninja's were made in Indonesia for what ever that's worth.