Kawasaki’s newest Ninja sport bike packs the incredible power of a closed-course motorcycle into a sleek, street-going machine.
Meet Kawasaki’s latest Ninja. With innovative engineering that begets incredible speed and control, this sport bike truly embodies the idea of a swift Japanese warrior.
Based on the closed-course-only Ninja H2R, the Ninja H2 packs tremendous acceleration power into a lightweight frame that meets the noise and emission standards of a street-going bike. The secret? The engine’s supercharger, designed in-house with help from divisions across Kawasaki, including its aerospace engineers.
Part of a long line of high-performing Kawasaki Ninja models, the Ninja H2’s name also pays homage to the Kawasaki H2 Mach IV. First introduced in the 1970s, the Mach IV’s intense acceleration changed the world’s idea of what motorcycles could do. And the Ninja H2 is set to continue that legacy.
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Supercharged power unit
This power unit forms the core of the Ninja H2.
And while the H2 is, in fact, a street-legal bike, it has the heart of a racer and shares this component with the Ninja H2R, a closed-course bike that’s too powerful for the streets. What’s more, aside from some minor alterations, the Ninja H2’s supercharged 200-horsepower engine is essentially identical to the over 300-hp engine that powers the H2R, giving riders an unprecedented amount of acceleration.
The impeller is an integral part of the Ninja H2’s centrifugal compressor. It was designed by the same specialists at Kawasaki who manufacture jet engines so you can be sure that this is one serious piece of machinery. At maximum engine speed, the impeller reaches 130,000 rpm, thanks to the planetary gear train, which itself was designed by the company’s aerospace division. The carefully etched blades direct airflow, while the impeller’s forged aluminum con- struction guarantees precision and durability.
Supercharging the sport bike experience
In an elegant package
While the Ninja H2 is an incredibly powerful machine, its capabilities are packed into a relatively lightweight body. The trellis frame construction was specifically designed to ensure good handling and stability while travelling at the high speeds this sport bike is capable of achieving. Built to have a perfect balance of stiffness and flexibility, the frame is another asset that the Ninja H2 shares with the closed-course H2R. In other words, this is one bike that will maintain control under pressure.
The Ninja H2’s controls mimic that of a fighter jet, meaning anyone who hops on will be well prepared for the flight to come. Its ergonomic interface was designed for ultimate comfort, but it’s also high-tech and efficient: the controls are compact and all display options are available right at the rider’s fingertips. The H2’s display combines an LCD screen with analogue- style visuals a nod to the Ninja line’s long history, integrated perfectly with the innovative technology that drives this bike.
Legacy of innovation
This Kawasaki symbol dates back to the 1870s. Called the “River Mark,” it’s based on a stylized version of the Japanese character for “river,” which is also the first character in the name Kawasaki. The symbol has
come to represent the way that the companies in the Kawasaki Group share technological innovations with one another. Drawing on expertise from Kawasaki’s aerospace, engine and precision machinery companies to name just a few the Ninja H2 is a worthy bearer of this honourable emblem.