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EICMA: 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2

Nov 04, 2014

After 2,475 teaser videos and a month of waiting after the release of the Kawasaki Ninja H2R, we finally get to see some numbers for the street-legal Kawasaki Ninja H2.

I'll get right to the point. Using a 998 cc supercharged, inline-four engine, the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 makes 207 horsepower with ram air and 197 horsepower without it.

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2
2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2. Kawasaki Photo.

The supercharger system uses planetary gears and spins up to 130,000 rpm as the Ninja H2 approaches its 14,000 rpm redline, which provides 20.5 psi of boost pressure. Kawasaki claims this helps the H2 produce an engine characteristic "similar to having a wide powerband," and peak torque comes in at 98 foot-pounds at 10,500 rpm.

This street version gets the same electronics package as its roided out brother, including traction control (KTRC), engine brake control (KEBC), launch control (KLCM), anit-lock brakes (KIBS), a quick shifter (KQS), and an Ohlins electronic steering damper.

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2
2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 headlight. Kawasaki Photo.

Stocked full of fuel, the Ninja H2 comes in at 527 pounds, which sounds simply massive, after yesterday's 2015 Yamaha R1 was revealed with a wet weight of 441 pounds. Obviously, the supercharger will likely help you not notice that extra weight off the line, but it will be interesting to ride the two bikes side by side, given the different directions they've taken.

The Ninja H2 gets fully adjustable KYB suspension that is fully adjustable from the top of the forks. Brakes are by Brembo, with 330 mm discs up front and 250 mm in the rear.

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2
2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 suspension adjustement. Kawasaki Photo.

Oddly enough, Kawasaki says the riding position is more neutral than most sportbikes, which are canted fairly far forward. Kawasaki say the rider triangle is slightly more relaxed than on its ZX-10R, and the single seat has hip-supporting flank pads to help keep your butt in place under what will be just purely insane acceleration. They claim this helps reduce drag, and was done in the name of achieving a higher top speed. It just sounds to me like it may not wreck my back and wrists quite as quickly, because, let's be honest, who's really going to top out this thing?

Kawasaki claims the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 will only be available in limited quantities, and will carry a $25,000 MSRP.

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2
2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2. Kawasaki Photo.

Check out the photo gallery. The shots of the bike are absolutely stunning, and worth a few minutes and a little drool on your keyboard.