Kawasaki has made a significant investment in supercharging technology for motorcycles, and the Japanese brand is intent on using its forced-induction prowess on as many models as possible. As such, say hello to Team Green’s third supercharged model, the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX.
Built to be a sport-tourer, with extra “sport” under the hood, the newest Ninja comes in two flavors: the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX (black paint) and the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE (green paint). The latter boatss Kawasaki’s first TFT color dash, as well as cornering lights, launch control, and a quickshifter.
The rest of the specs? How does 201hp strike you from the 998cc four-cylinder engine? All the while giving strong fuel consumption savings, on par with the Kawasaki Versys 1000.
Thus, range for the new Ninja should be pretty good, especially with the 5-gallon fuel tank that is fitted.
An inertial measurement unit (IMU) has been implemented, which adds cornering ABS and enhanced traction control parameters (three setting levels). Cruise control is also standard, which of course aids in the touring duties of the machine.
The only downside to the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX line is the weight, with both models tipping the scales at 564 lbs at the curb.
For some reason, Kawasaki just can’t seem to find more weight savings in its supercharged platform, despite the Ninja H2 SX motor weight 6.6 lbs less than the powerful H2/H2R engine.
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