Kawsaki Ninja H2 looks like a serial killer but it’s not such a bad guy. The supercharged engine makes around 200 hp while the total weight is 238 kg.
Kawasaki Ninja H2 is the road-legal version of Ninja H2R – the hyperbike presented last month at Intermot. The new model was unveiled at EICMA – Milan and it looks almost the same. But it’s not so powerful.
Let’s begin with the design. Kawsaki Ninja H2 looks almost the same, as we said. But the carbon fiber wings were replaced with some mirrors which have the same purpose (according to Kawasaki). The should keep the bike on the track at higher speeds. The short, racing-style, exhaust was replaced with a street-legal one, while a LED headlight makes it able to go on the streets during day and night. These are the main differences, visually speaking.
As for the technical details, Kawasaki Ninja H2 is much more different. Although it has the same supercharged engine, Ninja H2 has only 200 horsepower (210 with Ram Air intake fitted). Over 100 horsepower less than H2R. The street-legal H2 is also heavier. Probably there are not so many carbon fiber components, so the curb weight is 238 kg (Ninja H2R has 217).
Kawasaki Ninja H2 is not as bad as it looks. We could say it’s even below the actual superbike standards. For example, the new BMW S1000RR, Ducati Panigale R or Yamaha R1 have 200 hp (205-Panigale) and their weight is below 238 kg. As for the maximum torque, Kawasaki Ninja H2 engine makes 140 NM@ 10.000 rpm.
As for the Electronics, it has Traction Control (three different modes, with three options each). Mode 1 is for track use, mode 2 for road use and mode 3 for wet tarmac. Moreover, Kawasaki Ninja H2 has Launch Control, an „intelligent ABS“ from ZX-10R, and the engine brake level could be set by the rider. The new Kawasaki superbike comes with a quickshifter and an electronic steering damper.
Kawasaki Ninja H2 has a 43 mm upside down KYB AOS II racing fork, fully adjustable, with different damping function on each side.