If you haven't already guessed, I'm a little biased against the new Kawasaki Ninja H2.
The supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2 is almost 90 pounds heavier than the new Yamaha YZF-R1 while making the same horsepower and coming without the simply perfect electronics package found on the Yamaha. And it's $8,500 more expensive.
OK, it's still a competent and impressive motorcycle, I'm sure it's fun to ride and I won't say I wouldn't let it in my garage. I'm just still mad Kawasaki didn't give me the supercharged Ninja 300 I've dreamed of and that H2 news somehow managed to overshadow the R1's brilliance.
With that said, one of the wonderful things about motorcycles is that different bikes do it for different folks and I'll be the first to say that I hope almost every model finds a group of people who fall for it. So, with that in mind, I'm actually happy to say the H2 sold like hotcakes and Kawasaki announced last week that bikes are now being delivered to dealerships and the suckers, I mean buyers, will receive them soon.
Even better, Kawasaki was so happy with the sales of the H2 that they've announced plans for a second, limited ordering period for the H2.
“The initial order period for the Ninja H2 motorcycle was back in November 2014, and we quickly sold all of the available production,” said Kawasaki Senior Vice President of Sales Operations Bill Jenkins. “However, those orders were taken prior to the motorcycle touring the country with the Progressive International Motorcycle Show series and before the media were able to ride it for the first time. Following the indoor show series and substantial media acclaim this motorcycle has received, the public demand has been overwhelming. Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. has negotiated with Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. a limited production run of additional units, which gives U.S. customers a second opportunity to purchase Ninja H2 supercharged sportbikes,”Jenkins continued. “Get yours now!"
All snark aside, I'm actually really happy about the news. Kawasaki's biggest accomplishment with the H2 has been to return some excitement and passion to the Japanese superbike, and there's no denying how fun last bike launch season was with all the rumors and talk about what the bike could be. Hopefully, the H2 has created enough of a splash and enough interest in supercharged motorcycles that we'll see Kawasaki tossing them in all sorts of bikes in the future.
This second customer order program opened up yesterday and will be continue through April 21. Deliveries to dealerships are expected in late May or early June.
Interested in ordering? Visit your local Kawi dealer and then tell me why I'm an idiot for not understanding why you want one.