Kawasaki H2 Road Bike.
KAWASAKI has just unveiled its new Ninja H2, a 210hp road-going version of the track-only H2R.
The engine has been detuned from the H2R’s 300hp-plus to 200hp but hits a claimed 210hp with the benefit of ram-air.
Kerb weight is 238kg, giving the H2 a power-to-weight ratio of 0.88 hp/kg. Peak torque is 98.5lbft.
Kawasaki says the supercharged engine has only received minor changes to meet noise and emission limits and delivers ‘acceleration unlike anything you can experience on a naturally aspirated bike’.
The supercharger produces an engine characterstic ‘similar to having a wide power band,’ according to the firm.
The H2 shares the H2R’s steel trellis frame which Kawasaki says allows a short wheelbase for sharp handling while providing excellent high-speed stability. The single-sided swing-arm – Kawasaki’s first – bolts directly to the engine, which acts as a stressed member.
The mirrors are designed to aerodynamically assist high-speed stability while a ‘chin spoiler’ on the fairing delivers downforce to the front wheel.
Electronics include multi-level traction control with a track mode, launch control to maximise acceleration from a standstill and ABS.
It’s also got a quick-shifter and an Öhlins electronic steering damper.
The H2 has KYB suspension front and rear with a fully adjustable shock.
The brakes are from Brembo, with 330mm semi-floating discs and radial-mounted monobloc calipers at the front and a 250mm disc at the rear.
Kawasaki says the riding position is slightly less aggressive than typical of a supersports bike, and no pillion seat is provided because ‘enjoyment of the intense acceleration and high-speed capabilities was the first priority’.
The paint uses ‘a chemical reaction between a solution of silver ions and a reducing agent that forms a layer of pure silver’ according to Kawasaki. A first on a production motorcycle, it looks black in the shade but takes on a mirrored-finish in light.