IMO the Honda is a better looking bike than the Z400
I'll second this opinion - the Z400 design looks even busier and 'bitsy' than the already busy and angular Z300 design. I can't appreciate it especially given the simple yet beautiful lines of the CBR300R.
It's a shame they didnt develop a new more competitive motor for it before releasing it.
It seems to me that Honda decided that a 286cc would still make the CB300R a "big bike" in the high volume Asian markets hence no need to push through any changes. Unfortunately for us...