In five hours the Kawasaki Ninja H2 will officially debut at INTERMOT…of course, the internet waits for no motorbike. In addition to the first leaked photo we brought you, we now have a bevy of high-resolution images of the Kawasaki Ninja H2R, the racing sibling to the H2.
Several sites now are tipping the Kawasaki Ninja H2R as making 300 horsepower from its 998cc inline-four engine, a number that is achieved by the H2 & H2R’s centrifugal supercharger. That figure is much larger than some publications were reporting from their “sources” inside Kawasaki — or were just fabricating wholesale to get pageviews.
From the photos, we can see that the H2 & H2R use a trellis frame, carbon fiber fairings, and single-sided swingarm, three things you don’t usually see on a Kawasaki sport bike.
That could be because the Japanese company hopes that the Ninja H2 will become a halo product for the Kawasaki brand, especially since the Kawasaki Ninja H2 is a rolling exhibition of what Kawasaki Heavy Industries is capable of as a company.
Also obvious from these photos are the winglets and other aerodynamic touches that Kawasaki has put into the H2R. We will be curious to see how the winglets work on the sides of the fairings, considering downforce on a motorcycle changes as the motorcycle corners. The mirrors as well look like they have been integrated into wings, while the tail section seems to wrap around a rider’s hindquarters.
We will keep you posted on more forthcoming information on the Kawasaki Ninja H2 & Kawasaki Ninja H2R, as well as when the official information is revealed at INTERMOT. As you peruse the photos, let us know in the comments if you think the new H2 is worth all the hype.
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