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Kawasaki Ninja H2 – The Ultimate Street Bike?

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The Kawasaki Ninja H2 street bike has finally debuted at the EICMA show, giving motorcycle fans a glimpse at the road-going counterpart to the Kawasaki Ninja H2R track-only machine. Based around the same 998cc supercharged inline-four engine, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 makes an astonishing 207 hp with ram air, 197hp without. For reference, the Ninja H2R makes 305hp, without ram-air.

Kawasaki has designed its supercharger system to have two-step gear-ratio, allowing for maximum boost and low and high engine speeds, and the supercharger impeller reaches 130,000 rpm when the Kawasaki Ninja H2 is at its 14,000 rpm redline. Peak torque is 98 lbs•ft, at 10,500 rpm, with the supercharger primarily helping to broaden the powerband for better street riding.

With the two bikes nearly identical, the street bike carries over the same suite of electronics found on the H2R as well: traction control (KTRC), launch control (KLCM), engine brake control (KEBC), anti-locking brakes (KIBS), quick shifter (KQS), and an eletronic steering damper by Öhlins.







At 524.7 lbs at the curb, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 isn’t exactly the lightest superbike to ever grace our pages, though we doubt many riders will notice the heft when tapping into the supercharged power that’s on-board. We also doubt that many of these machines will remain stock, meaning power figures in the 300’s will surely be possible, with little efforts.

Other tidbits include fully adjustable suspension by KYB, front and aft; and brakes that are done by Brembo, with 330mm rotors up front, and a 250mm disc in the rear.

Available in limited numbers only, interested buyers will have to stop by their local Kawasaki dealership, and put down a deposit towards the $25,000 price tag. Sorry, there is room for only one rider on the Ninja H2, and no pillion seat is available.







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Technical Specifications of the Kawasaki Ninja H2 Street Bike:

SPORTBIKES SPEC TEMPLATE Ninja H2
Engine Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke in-line four
Displacement 998cc
Bore x Stroke 76 x 55mm
Compression Ratio 8.5:1
Fuel System Fuel injection: 50mm x 4 with dual injection
Intake System Kawasaki supercharger
Cooling System Water-cooled
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Ignition Digital
Transmission 6-speed, return, dog-ring
Final Drive Chain
Frame Type Trellis, high-tensile steel, with swingarm mounting plate
Rake/Trail 24.4? / 4″
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gallons
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel 43mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping,
spring preload adjustability and top-out springs / 4.7
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel New Uni-Trak® with gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir,
dual-range (high/low-speed) compression damping, rebound
damping and preload adjustability, and top-out spring / 5.3″
Front Tire Size 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)
Rear Tire Size 200/55 ZR17 M/C (78W)
Front Brakes Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston calipers, dual semi-floating
330mm discs
Rear Brakes Opposed 2-piston calipers, single 250mm disc
Overall Length 82″
Overall Width 30.3″
Overall Height 44.3
Overall Height Windscreen Lowered/Raised N/A
Ground Clearance 5.1″
Seat Height 32.5″
Curb Weight** 524.7 lb
Wheelbase 57.3
Color Choices Mirror Coated Black
MSRP $25,000
Warranty TBD
Kawasaki Protection Plus (optional) TBD
Wholesale Distributor Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
9950 Jeronimo Road, Irvine, California 92618
949-770-0400 www.kawasaki.com

Source: Kawasaki

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Jensen Beeler

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