Up-Close with the Kawasaki Ninja H2R

10/16/2014 @ 5:19 pm, by Jensen Beeler21 COMMENTS

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Asphalt & Rubber is coming to you live from the AIMExpo in Orlando, Florida today and tomorrow, covering the new bikes that are debuting on North American soil. We’ve already seen the new Yamaha YZF-R3 released here, as well as the Alta RedShift electric motorcycles (formerly BRD Motorcycles).

While both bikes are impressive, and are massively important to the American motorcycle scene, the buzz remains about the Kawasaki Ninja H2R. The AIMExpo is the first venue for Americans to get a glimpse of Kawasaki’s hyperbike, and the H2R sits like a praying mantis, waiting to strike you with its supercharged charms.

Naturally, we had to get a closer look…and bring you a bevy of high-resolution detail shots from the trades how floor. Enjoy!

In person, we can say that the photos we have seen to date have certainly done the bike justice. The Ninja H2R’s plethora of aerials adorn its carbon fiber fairings like menacing horns. You can’t call them superfluous, because at the very least they exude the idea that the supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2R is something special, which it is.

The detail work is fantastic. Strip away the green highlights and Kawasaki labels, and you would be guessing a European origin for the H2R, with its fine details and tailor made pieces. Perhaps most striking are the long carbon fiber tubes that draw the RAM-packed air in the supercharger’s intake, which sweep around the H2R’s body.

The switchgear is interesting too, and betrays the advancements that Kawasaki has made on the electronics side of its sport bike offerings. While details are mum beyond the most basic of basics, we suspects the EICMA show will reveal the extent of Kawasaki’s efforts to tame this 300hp beast.

Visually no bigger than your typical liter bike, it’s easy to see how bikes like the H2R are the future. Massive power packed into typical form factors, if not smaller. Forced induction is sure to be the future of the motorcycle industry, we are just seeing the tip of that iceberg…a very formidable tip, to be sure.

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Photos: © 2014 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • raul

    Awesome pics!!

    I’m wondering, if this is supposed to be the track version, why does it has rear lights?

  • crshnbrn

    ^ Yeah, inquiring minds wanna know.

  • MrDefo

    Oh holy crap that is a beautiful bike.

  • Shawn

    Probably for the same reason that MotoGP and WSBK bikes have rear lights…rain

  • Xan

    It is gorgeous in a crazy transformer kind of way. I’m curious about a few things. As an expensive track only bike, why not make some features more “racing standard”? The exhaust isn’t exactly GP inspired, and the saddle looks like it’s made to hold you in place as opposed to allow for hanging off it in corners.

  • crshnbrn

    re: “the saddle looks like it’s made to hold you in place as opposed to allow for hanging off it in corners.”

    Not only that, but it appears to be covered in vinyl instead of that grippy foam often seen on true race bikes. Maybe that is for easier cleanup should one exceed “Kawasaki’s efforts to tame this 300hp beast”.

  • BBQdog

    Nice to see that while Ducati is leaving the trellis frame brands like KTM and Kawasaki embrace it.

  • K1200Rider

    Must resist.. staring at this web page… !!! Any other time i would be dying to read about the expo from you guys, but this time around since i will be there in person tomorrow i continue to fight the urge to NOT look at A & R page, but it is not helping!!

    Jensen! are you guys going to hang around on saturday at the Expo? i would love to meet you guys in person to thankyou for the awesome job you guys do with the A & R page

  • TexusTim

    that’s a three point bum stop on the back of the seat ?, the taillight is for racing in the rain? the mirrors are actually airfoils ? the bike is for what ?rich track day guys or an homologation thing? don’t think this can run evo rues in wsbk so what’s the point of this supercharged bike that few can afford and even fewer ride to its maximum capability’s.. these bikes wont sell to the masses and supercharged bikes are not the future motorcycles its an experiment in overindulgence. anything more than a liter bike on the track is just stupid.
    NOW THE DRAG STRIP GUYS WILL LOVE HIS THING AND THATS THE ENVIROMENT FOR SUPERCHARGED MOTORCYCES THAT OR the salt flats.

  • TexusTim

    this thing his thing its all the same thing …lol

  • TexusTim

    why no pictures of the top crown and controls ?

  • Jeram

    Some people arnt quite grasping what this bike might be and it’s purpose.

    An exotic flagship bike which is supercharged, to be the desire of all
    Racer boys.

    Maybe 1,2 or 3 years later comes the attainable supercharged street bike which the masses can afford.
    Maybe A kawasaki 650 twin with a blower, 160kgs and 100hp

    So you can see, you make the concept desirable with lashing of unobtanium then bring the mass produced version later.

  • Agent55

    @Jeram

    If you read Kawi’s press release you’d see they make a point of labeling the H2R a “mass-production” model. Doesn’t mean it will be cheap (and it won’t be), but it will be available to purchase by most anyone I’d imagine.

    I really appreciate how Kawasaki designed the bike in a sort of intentional vacuum kind of way: no lower fairing, winglets, trellis frame (cause why not) and just a general sense that the bike is in its own category.

    It’s not a race replica, intentionally.

  • Jake F.

    An intriguing bike with a captivating aesthetic, though I wouldn’t go so far as to call it beautiful. However, when I think about actually using it as a track weapon, all I see are crazy $$$ for even the most minor of low-sides. Or heaven forbid a garage or transport tip-over. No thanks, this one is best kept as a museum centerpiece.

  • Xan

    Saw a video last night of someone revving it at a show…. Holy mother of god, it sounds like what I imagine satan torturing a panther would sound like. I’m not even really sure if it sounds good, so to speak, it just sounds visceral and crazy. Like something you really don’t want to throw a leg over for fear of it smashing you into little bits.

    Kinda want it as my ringtone!

  • BBQdog

    Total ridiculous bike. I want one !

  • H.L.

    If you just so happen to go down on the R or the street version….Just kill yourself.

  • n/a

    People thinking this bike is pointless……Seem to forget similar ‘monster’ bikes used to be raced at the Suzuka 8hour.

    If this bike is pointless, Yoshimura’s X1 must be pointless too. Although given the rarity of the X1 I assume you guy’s have never heard of it before….

  • Gutterslob

    ^ I’m more a fan of the Yoshimura Zero 50.

  • K1200Rider, unfortunately I’m on a flight out of Orlando at 9am on Saturday. A&R should probably start doing events at these type of things though..hmm…

  • It looks way to angular even more than a KTM RC8R. I’m waiting for it to transform into an Autobot.