Kawasaki Ninja H2 – The Ultimate Street Bike?

11/04/2014 @ 2:22 am, by Jensen Beeler43 COMMENTS

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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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  • That headlight is super space!
    cool!

  • HugoM46

    R1: 998cc 200hp 199kg
    H2: 998cc SUPERCHARGED 197hp 238kg

    That extra 20 n.M will have to do its best.

  • bilbo

    Very silly but in a good way. Looks great with the USS Enterprise front light. Unlike the painfully ugly R1. All credit to Kawasaki.

  • It does look Bad-ass but what’s the point of a Supercharger if it had to create 200 bhp figure carrying 236 kgs weight. Disappointed. Give me a ZX10R any day.

  • Vince

    Everything under the body work is gorgeous. The mechanicals are “eye candy” . The body work sadly is butt ugly , almost cartoonish, like everything from Kawasaki recently.

  • Gutterslob

    Love the headlight, but those specs (particularly power and weight) are way too tame when compared to what most normally aspirated litrebikes are doing. The additional torque will be good, I suppose.

  • Philip

    Looks like robotech, the Japanese designers should ALL be fired (Yamaha’s R1 and now this). The power is also too tame considering all the hype. If it was 250 hp it would be great, not sure why Jensen uses strong language like “astonishing” for 207hp when the naturally aspirated engines are getting closes to that these days anyway.

    Even BMW could have capitalised on LED headlights and good design for their S1000RR and what do they release? Technologically advanced bike that looks like a duckbill turd.

  • k1200rider

    Not a bad looking bike. Definitely better looking than the new R1. Loving the trellis frame. Wonder how much of this technology will trickle down to later models. Is the weight based on the standard stock exhaust? I am sure a few pounds could be shaved here and there with after market goodies. But the carbon fiber plastics are going to be expensive to replace.

  • Kudeta Merah Putih

    the color is no good… and the exhaust
    the headlamp is genius
    i like how the treat the single intake

  • Ray

    Not a Big fan of the headlamp sector design. But still prefer it then the R1. But the weight is to much coz of carrying the supercharger… Hoping Honda RCVs later will not ruin the design of these superbikes.

  • It is nice to see that motocycle companies have money to develop all new bikes.

  • Jaybond

    Exterior-wise, it certainly has a distinctive look, but it could have more elegant if Kawa incorporate full fairing setup, and twin side-by-side exhaust silencers (rather than the bulky looking stacked twin silencers).
    Performance-wise, a bit disappointing of course with just 200bhp figure (although it could be easily souped-up tuners out there). I thought it could be at least somewhere between 230~240bhp in standard guise. Perhaps maybe Kawa thought it’ll be too dangerous for road use?

  • L2C

    Excellent. Of course.

  • Damn

    Nice Kawa! looks good. still not as good and exclusive as the all new R1 but sure way better looking then the new but allready very old and dull looking rcv from honda.

  • Agent55

    I see a lot of misunderstood comments regarding this bike, its stock power output and place in the market.

    – it’s not a superbike replica, nor is it trying to be

    – 197hp and 98ftlbs of torque are plenty, and really too much, but…

    – … if you want 300hp you can likely have that with the H2 easily

    – let’s celebrate that Japanese manufacturers have the gusto to offer weapons in this conservative age!

  • Tupac

    It doesn’t look like there’s room for a passenger on this bike.

  • Tupac
  • sburns2421

    I like it, but I suspect buyers will be trading in more ZX-14 and Hayabusa than ZX-10 and GSX-R.

  • tom

    There is no way it looks like this because of aerodynamic purpose. Never ever there was a racing bike (GP classes) that was fissured like that. All of them have smooth, roundish fairings since ever. Because that’s the best way. Ant if someone has to know whats best and not to care about looks, its the guys in MotoGP.
    Even ordinary superbikes have smooth fairings. So, sadly, the H2 is just show-off…
    And those wings for “downforce and stability”? Come on, who are you trying to fool? A Motorcycle is not dependent on downforce. Not in straights, and not in lean angle… . That’s just bullshit.
    and for stability, it could only held if the flaps were active changing the position. But if they are stationary, it does not help at all.

  • Sixty7

    I’m lost for words on how ugly this bike is…………..

  • Sphere

    I wonder if chip + tune can take the supercharger to 235HP and more? If so, I’m interested.

  • Dark Horse

    Wait, what?! 207hp with ram air and 197hp without? I thought the purpose of a supercharger was to pressurize the intake system. Wouldn’t a supercharged/pressurized intake system induce psi levels that are greatly larger than the psi increases due to the “ram air” effect? Did they forget to turn on the supercharger?

  • Keith

    I suspect the weak point are those blower gears–especially that little pinion gear. They probably dialed it back for longevity but no doubt it’s very simple to crank that way up at the expense of faster wear.

    Keith

  • crshnbrn

    re: “For reference, the Ninja H2R makes 305hp, without ram-air.” Insane!

    Remove all colors except for black from the bodywork and pictures #33 and #44 nervously utter “Lord Vader, your transporter awaits.”

    The single headlight looks good, but with the performance this bike is capable of, that headlight should put out enough light to not only cut thru darkness, but steel as well.

  • Superlight

    Well, we’ve got the full design range from Japan – from this transformer clone H2 to the ugly front lights on the R1 to the “it’s new? It looks like it’s 5 years old” of the Honda RCV. Thank goodness for the Europeans.

  • Dear Kawasaki and fans, (I’m one)
    In my unfortunate opinion what’s the H2 Ninja all about? Styling? Failed. Come on it looks rushed and the frame design favourable 10 years ago or more doesn’t look good in green. Power? Either the supercharging technology isn’t reliable and turned down, or the original 297 bhp were numbers chosen from a loosing scratch card. Ram-air? with intakes taken from a Russian mig 21 bigger=more is a fairy tail formula left in the research lab. Aero dynamics? Wide front , air break mirrors and exposed rider I can’t see how the Persian cat faced front end fairing does anything but catch the rain. Even the upturned rear exhaust acts as a mini-reservoir. I’m happy to see there’s nothing to complain about regarding passenger facilities as there aren’t any. Not all bad news news though as the price will probably be high enough to keep even people that should have gone to specsavers from wasting their money. Still the wheels are round. Sorry Kawasaki you could should have done better.

    I think an MSC 1R Mercedes would and could do better…tell me what you think…

    http://www.coroflot.com/Leett/Mercedes-MSC-1R

  • Rob

    $25k is absolutely ridiculous.
    The H2 is NOT worth TWICE what I paid for my brand new ZX-10 ABS.

    I paid $9,500 for my brand new 05-06 GSX-R 1k and no current bike is more fun to ride on the street. These companies need to offer a package and price that makes sense.
    I’d buy another 2008 GSX-R 1k for $9,500 tomorrow if they were still available.

  • mike

    Is that a beer keg hanging by the back wheel?

  • bmg
  • Nice

    This beast should be set on fire and destroyed!!!

  • Diego Martinez

    207 hp and 500+ lbs? Yeah, no. The R1 is 6 hp down, and 70 lbs lighter, so the ultimate streetbike, this is not. And since the H2R isn’t street legal, there goes Kawi’s shot. Regardless of whether you like the design, the number speak for themselves.

  • Tanker Man

    The exhaust is ugly. Too bad it (exhaust) can’t look more like the H2R. And it’s too heavy. The goal for any super bike should be 400 pounds (if not less) without gas (petrol).

  • Don Juan De Marco

    Dear Mr. Kawasaki, some improvement needed for the H2:

    1) The overall styling of the H2 could grow on the public as the time goes by, as it gives the impression of a bike from the future. It’s just that you need to TAKE OUT that huge, super-ugly & so-out-of-the-place exhaust can, and replace it it with something of a more sublime design that match the overall futuristic look of the H2 bike. (The H2R looks fantastic with the megaphone exhaust, but of course there’s no silencers whatsoever). Actually, the simple CBR 1000RR-style stock exhaust is already good enough for the H2.

    2) You might want to consider increasing the hp a bit from the conservative 200bhp to a more acceptable level (for a supercharged 1000cc road sportbike), say within 230bhp~240bhp range. This bike is special halo/ hyperbike for Kawa, and I could’nt imagine people riding on it want to be smoked by the latest crops of Superbike (which supposed to be of lower class position than this bike). Obviously, the public’s expectation is quite high on the H2’s engine spec-sheet.

    3) Simple but significant cosmetic (and potentially aerodynamic) improvement – install the lower half section of the fairing!

  • Minibull

    Someone was spot on about the Youtube style comments that appear here during these bike shows.

    So for a while, people seem to be argueing the case that 200HP is not needed for a road bike, especially as it can result in less lower down grunt right down in the rev range. Where most road bikes spend their time.
    So Kawasaki chuck some forced induction onto the thing, in order to give it a kick in the pants down low in the rev range, and then people complain about it not making MORE that 207HP peak power.
    I can’t wait to see the dyno figures from this thing. And then see what mods people will do to it.

    Damned if you do, damned if you don’t…it really seems that way with the comment section sometimes.
    Look at the Honda RC213V-S comments…finally someone makes a full out, proper MotoGP rep, and the comments are how it looks terrible and is a stupid idea and is old. The same goes with the R1, that thing looks great now, taking cues from the M1 and it looks a heck of a lot thinner than the old model. Theres always something to pick on, while there is so much more to praise.
    I mean FFS, the Desmosedici RR was based off a much earlier Ducati race model…and looked no way near as much of a “replica” as the Honda…but lot’s seemed to like it…

  • M-16

    Everyone went crazy ???? the bike has only 200hp and costs $ 25k !!!!! and still has a lot of praising this bike !!!! who will be the idiot that will buy this bike !?!?!?!?!?!?!?

  • JM

    “the Kawasaki Ninja H2 makes an astonishing 207 hp with ram air, 197hp without. ”

    Uh, what’s so astonishing about 197 horsepower from a supercharged 1000cc engine? That’s pathetic, nobody in their right mind should buy this thing considering how severely Kawasaki have neutered it. Junk!

  • gary ritts

    an elephant in the room, 524.7 lbs and no one sees it at Kawasaki? really? does not anyone actually ride a bike within the company? hp without light weight = what every Moto GP bike is not. at least the Yamaha R1 ad Ducati 1299 got the memo.

  • Robert Chase

    Does anyone else see the Irony? Kawasaki Heavy Industries? It might have the power but it’s not really useful carrying around all that weight. One has to wonder how this heavy hector will handle.

  • Wayne Thomas

    The ultimate street bike? Not even close if we’re going to allow forced induction. if so, then a turbocharged Hayabusa cannot be beat.

  • Blick

    I don’t understand why everyone is so disappointed about the power numbers on the H2. Kawasaki had to detune this bike to make it street legal. Kawaski is telling us how much power the H2 can produce by comparing it to the track only H2R. I’m sure with a few simple modifications you will be able to get the desired power out of this bike.

  • Greenguy

    Blick I agree with you at 100 %. There is a reason why they produce both version the H2R to show the capability of the engine and the H2 to be street legal and let you modify it to get close to the H2R spec. I just order one today.

  • Kawizx14

    That is more tech bike with futuristic shape.Shame thet bike is not two sitter.They should enable mass production
    where you could state if you want kie custimized to take pillion passenger,at least for that price.

  • Scott

    Need a Kawasaki H2 S/S Swingarm Rear Stand? They are available from MOTO-D here http://www.motodracing.com/pro-series-single-sided-swingarm-stand