Kawasaki Ninja H2 Review
The wait is finally over, after enticing the word with its track-only variant, Ninja H2R, Kawasaki, finally released its much-awaited road legal version at the 2014 EICMA 2015. Marketed as the world’s only supercharged hypersport motorcycle, the Ninja H2 has been co-developed by the Kawasaki motorcycle division, the turbine and the Aerospace division. Kawasaki has taken a unique step to bring the racing pedigree down onto the streets and has given Ninja H2 a distinctive place in the two-wheeler market. The world’s only supercharged production hypersport street bike features numerous innovations and industry firsts from across Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI), complemented by only the highest quality components. The result is an awe-inspiring work of mechanical art.
Even at a standstill, the bike looks like it's travelling at 200Km/h, this is the effect Kawasaki Ninja H2 makes on its spectators. Saying the bike is visually appealing, is an understatement. The Japanese maker has given the bike a distinctive look that more than complements its superpower image. The bike gets a sharp front, so sharp it put other bikes to shame. The projector twin LED positioning lights to bestow it a predator look and a sleek fuel tank ensures an upright riding position. The Ninja H2's bodywork is designed by KHI’s Aerospace Company, who have meticulously designed the body to ensure its aerodynamics. Made on high-tensile trellis frame, coated with the signature Kawasaki green color, the bike looks majestic on the road. In the rear, the bike features a stylish twin tail lamps that further accentuates its premium look.
Engine, Economy & Performance
The world's only supercharged production street bike, Ninja H2 is nothing less than a lighting thunder on the road. This beast is powered by a massive 998 cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, in-line four, DOHC, 16-valve, supercharged engine, that generates a massive 200PS @ 10,000 rpm and 140.4 NM @ 10,0 00 rpm. This colossal power is transmitted through its silky smooth, six-speed gearbox, that enables a quick shift of gears even at high speed. The bike is installed with an innovative centrifugal-type supercharger which efficiently compresses air while minimizing the amount of heat created. The engine has a unique precision-honed combustion chamber is complemented by a flat piston, crown—inspired by technology from KHI’s Gas Turbine & Machinery Company—that helps prevent engine knock.
The Ninja series has long been a pinnacle as far as motorcycle handling characteristics are concerned. The Ninja H2 also hold the fort for Kawasaki, where handling is concerned. Though the weight can sometimes pose an issue, on high speeds Ninja H2 runs like silk. The Ninja H2 is made from made from high-tensile steel, the trellis frame balances stiffness and flexibility for top performance at higher speeds. The mirror stays feature airfoil cross-sections with Gurney flaps that contribute to downforce generation and a chin spoiler on the upper cowl is further contributes to downforce generation. The overall dimensions of Ninja H2 are 2085 mmX 1125 mmX 770 mm with a ground clearance of 130mm, these dynamics forms a desirable riding posture. The bike also features a split seat which thick cushioned upholstery that offers premium comfort to riders. Kawasaki has used The KYB AOS-II (Air-Oil-Separate) cartridge fork for the first time to provide silky-smooth initial action complemented by strong damping.
Safety, Braking and Miscellaneous:
Kawasaki has always focused on safety as a priority. The Ninja series by this Japanese maker is an exemplary example of top performance with utmost safety. To complement its furious power, Ninja H2 comes equipped with advanced safety gear such as Kawasaki Traction Control which prevents wheel slip. The KTRC features three modes, each consisting of three programmable levels, allowing riders to choose how heavily each mode intervenes during riding. The bike is also installed with leading Kawasaki Launch Control Mode, which allows the rider to launch from a stop with the throttle held wide open. The fierce stopping potential is delivered by dual 330mm disc brakes with four-piston callipers at the front and 250mm single disc brake with twin piston callipers at the rear. The braking gets, even more, precise and responsive with the addition of a high-performance Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Braking System (KIBS) to the package.
Kawasaki Ninja H2, the one and only super production motorcycle in the world, that will make you a star on the road. Its breathtaking design, powerhouse engine and thunderous sound, will give you a high on the fast and furious ride. But Ninja H2 with it's over the top price and super power is not meant to be driven on streets.