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THERE may soon be no more need for speed. Kawasaki has just unveiled a motorcycle that is so fast even daredevils are wondering if it is too powerful.

With a design inspired by Formula One motor racing cars and a supercharged engine that uses aerospace technology, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 is expected to blast from 0 to 100km/h in less than 2.5 seconds.

It can accelerate as quick as an F1 racing machine — if riders can hang on to it — because the supercharged engine has almost as much power as a Volkswagen Golf GTI hot hatch, but the Kawasaki Ninja H2 weighs barely one-fifth as much as a car.

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The supercharger technology is so sophisticated it has been banned from international motorcycle racing since 1946, but has returned to a modern, road-going motorcycle in the search for more power from smaller engines.



The Kawasaki Ninja H2 is expected to go on sale in Australia early next year priced about $30,000 and will be available to anyone who has completed their learner and provisional periods on their motorcycle licence.

The Ninja H2 is expected to comfortably overtake the previous titleholders of the world’s fastest bike including the Kawasaki Ninja ZX14-R from 2012, the Ducati Diavel from 2011, the Yamaha VMAX from 2010, and the Suzuki GSXR-1000 from 2006.

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The official slogan “built beyond belief” may also go down in history as the most honest in advertising; even Kawasaki admits the Ninja H2 is “not for everyone, nor is it designed to be”.

When it comes to performance the Ninja H2 is “a whole new world”, said Kenichi Hashiba, the managing director of Kawasaki Motors Australia.

It is so powerful Kawasaki has fitted a range of electronics that limit power to enable it to be ridden safely in wet weather or in slippery conditions, as well as a “launch control” mode to get the perfect start.

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The brakes are bigger than those fitted to a Holden Commodore V8 sedan.

“The potential buyer will probably not spend too much time debating in their head whether or not to buy it,” said Mr Hashiba. “They will feel the desire inside and act on those feelings.”


Contrary to expectations, the motorcycle insurance industry is not up in arms over the supercharged superbike.

“There are already motorcycles on the road that can accelerate at racing car levels and many that can do more than 300km/h,” said Swann Insurance research manager Robert McDonald.

“Generally most motorcycle owners only use these speed capabilities on organised track days. There are also many cars on the road currently that can do more than 300km/h.”

The insurer said it was important to note the Kawasaki Ninja H2 had the latest available safety equipment, including intelligent anti-lock brakes, as standard.

“We don’t anticipate higher than normal claims rates with this motorcycle compared to other high-powered sports bikes on the road,” said Mr McDonald.



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IN-HOUSE-DESIGNED SUPERCHARGER • Chosen for its high-rpm performance, the centrifugal-type supercharger is incrediblyefficient at compressing air (at up to 2.4x atmospheric pressure) while minimizing the amount of heat created. • As a result of the supercharger’s efficiency, no large, heavy intercooler was requiredto cool the compressed air. • The supercharger was designed to match the all-new engine, allowing high-efficiency operation over a wider range of conditions than could be provided by any other typical automotive supercharger.

SUPERCHARGER IMPELLER • The complex shape of the impeller is 3D machined from forged aluminum for highprecision and durability. • The impeller spins at 9.2x speed of the crankshaft, reaching speeds of nearly 130,000 rpm, pumping a capacity of over 200 liters of air per second into the engine.

THE PLANETARY GEAR • Designed using technology from KHI’s Aerospace Company, the planetary gearis incredibly compact and efficient at transferring power.• The planetary gear runs off power from the crankshaft, driving the impeller (via a “step-up” gear) to incredibly high rpm.

ALL-NEW 998cc IN-LINE FOUR-CYLINDER ENGINE • The all-new engine was painstakingly crafted to accommodate the extreme air pressure created by a supercharger. • Cast (rather than forged) through a unique process, the pistons of the Ninja H2are lightweight—yet strong—and able to withstand extremely high temperatures. • The precision-honed combustion chamber is complemented by a flat piston crown—inspired by technology from KHI’s Gas Turbine & Machinery Company—thathelps prevent engine knock.

MOTOGP-STYLE DOG-RING TRANSMISSION • Commonly found in high-performance racing machines, the dog-ring transmission allowsfor effortless, short shifts. • Rather than shifting gears into place, the gears in this configuration stay in place, withthe lightweight dog rings moving to engage the gears. • A contactless quick shifter enables quick upshifts for seamless acceleration. • A high-quality hydraulic clutch features Brembo components for smooth actuation.

FULLY ADJUSTABLE KYB® RACING SUSPENSION • For the first time ever on asphalt, The KYB AOS-II (Air-Oil-Separate) cartridge fork is usedfor providing silky-smooth initial action complemented by strong damping. • The front fork is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping, as well as preload. • The fully adjustable KYB shock offers incredible performance, due in part to Uni-Trak® linkage that offers excellent feedback to the rider.

BREMBO® BRAKES • Top-shelf Brembo brake components were specially inspected and tuned specifically for immediate braking response. • In the front, two massive 330mm Brembo semi-floating discs are gripped by dual radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers for superb braking force. • In the rear, a 250mm disc was chosen for strong performance.

WHEELS AND TIRES • The cast aluminum wheels were designed specifically for the Ninja H2, and were created using analysis from Kawasaki’s World Superbike team. • The star-pattern 5-spoke wheels offer optimal rigidity for high-power performance. • The Ninja H2 comes equipped with a massive 200mm rear tire that transmits powerto the ground.

KAWASAKI TRACTION CONTROL (KTRC) • Whereas many competitive traction control systems react to wheel-slip, this enhanced version of KTRC uses complex analysis to help prevent wheel-slip. • The new KTRC system features three modes, each consisting of three programmable levels, allowing riders to choose how heavily each mode intervenes during riding. • Modes 1 and 2 are tailored for maximum acceleration and performance, while mode 3 is optimized for rainy conditions. The system can also be turned off completely.

KAWASAKI LAUNCH CONTROL MODE (KLCM) • 3-mode KLCM provides unmatchable acceleration from a stop by electronically controlling engine output to minimize rear wheel-slip and front end lift.• Launch Control Mode allows the rider to launch from a stop with the throttle held wide open.

ÖHLINS ELECTRONIC STEERING DAMPER • The Öhlins electronic steering damper adjusts damping based on a number of inputs.• At lower speeds, damping is lessened. As speed increases, steering damping increases for optimal performance.

LED ILLUMINATION • LED headlamps evoke the image of a predator’s fangs, while a red LED taillampand indicators paint the mirror coated black seat a devilish hue. • A full LED display features a host of information such as a digital speedometer, gear indicator, boost indicator, fuel consumption, odometer and more. • The needle of the tachometer sits against black until it starts to move. Then, the backlit numbers chase the needle as it rises.

AERODYNAMIC DEVICES • Designed by KHI’s Aerospace Company, the mirror stays feature airfoil cross-sections with Gurney flaps that contribute to downforce generation. • A chin spoiler on the upper cowl is also function disguised in form, further contributing to downforce generation.

TRELLIS FRAME • Made from high-tensile steel, the trellis frame balances stiffness and flexibility for top performance at higher speeds. • The open design allows for much better heat dissipation—an essential consideration for such a powerful engine.

MIRROR COATED BLACK PAINT • Developed by KHI, the mirror coated black paint of the tank, fairing, and seat is thefirst-ever on a mass-production automobile or motorcycle.• The multi-layer composite paint includes a layer of pure silver formed by a chemical reaction, creating the mirrored effect.• Each layer of paint is carefully attended to by highly-skilled Kawasaki craftsmen• In the shade, the dark base coat shows through the silver for a deep, 3D appearance. In the sun, the silver creates a brilliant metallic effect.

THE RIVER MARK • Reserved only for models of historical significance, the iconic Kawasaki River Markis featured prominently on the front cowl.• The River Mark dates back over a century to the earliest days of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., and was used on select motorcycle models in the 1960s.



Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke in-line four
Bore x Stroke
76.0 x 55.0mm
Compression ratio
Fuel System
DFI® 50mm throttle bodies x 4 with dual injection
Intake System
Kawasaki supercharger
6-speed, return, dog-ring
Final Drive
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
43mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs / 4.7 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
NEW Uni-Trak® with gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir, dual-range (high/low speed) compression damping, rebound damping and preload adjustability, and top-out spring / 5.3 in
Front Tire
120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)
Rear Tire
200/55 ZR17 M/C (78W)
Front Brakes
Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston calipers, dual semi-floating 330mm discs, KIBS ABS
Rear Brakes
Opposed 2-piston calipers, single 250mm disc, KIBS ABS
Cooling System
Frame Type
Trellis, high-tensile steel, with swingarm mounting plate
24.5 degrees / 4.1 in
Overall Length
82.1 in
Overall Width
30.3 in
Overall Height
44.3 in
Ground Clearance
5.1 in
Seat Height
32.5 in
Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Curb Weight
524.8 lb**
Fuel Capacity
4.5 gal
57.3 in
Color Choices
Mirror Coated Black
12 month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36 or 48 months


























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