Kawasaki’s newest supercharged motorcycle is also its most affordable supercharged motorcycle, with the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX coming to the USA with an MSRP of $19,000.
Even the better-equipped 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE is an “affordable” $22,000, when compared to the more sport-focused H2 models.
Featuring a 200hp version of Kawasaki’s supercharged, four-cylinder, 998cc engine, the Ninja H2 SX is a fully faired sport-tourer, with an emphasis on the sport side of the equation.
The base model comes in any color you want, so long as it’s black, while the Ninja H2 SX SE comes in the traditional Team Green color scheme of Kawasaki.
Base features includes an IMU-powered traction control, as well as cornering ABS, and cruise control, but plunking down an extra three thousand dollars though gets you the luxury of a TFT color dash, as well as cornering lights, launch control, an up/down quickshifter, heated grips, steel braided brake lines, a DC outlet, and a centerstand.
We are not quite sure that Kawasaki has adequately balanced the fine line of price and features between the two models, but considering the premium that comes with the H2 and H2R, both H2 SX models seem like a pretty good deal in comparison.
For those wanting to get in on the forced-induction game that Kawasaki is playing, the Ninja H2 SX seems like the best bet, but if actually doing some sport-touring is the name of the game, then the Ninja SX SE is the obvious choice.
The one downside? Both of these beast tips the scales in a big way: 564.5 lbs in its curbside form for the SX, while the SX SE is 573.3 lbs. Umpf!
While the H2 platform has always been a bit of porker, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX gets its extra chub from the bike’s beefier steel trellis frame, which has obviously been enhanced to support the weight of a pillion rider and luggage.
Of note, pannier bags are optional items, not standard.