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Built Beyond Belief – Kawasaki creates the Hyperbike Motorcycle Segment with the Supercharged Ninja H2R
When the Ninja H2™R motorcycle was conceived by Kawasaki, the driving concept behind its development was to offer the kind of acceleration most riders had never experienced. Being “Fun to Ride” is one of Kawasaki’s guiding principles, and while there are many ways for a motorcycle to be enjoyed, strong acceleration was considered to be a major factor in delivering rider exhilaration.
To achieve this goal, the Ninja H2R is powered by a supercharged engine and boasts power output in the region of 300hp. Yet it has a compact design similar to power units found in the supersport category.
Although the Ninja H2R will be a production motorcycle, its huge horsepower means it is only available as a closed-course model. Fitted with slick racing tires, it may not be ridden on public roads and should only be ridden by experienced riders.
The key to achieving the incredible performance lies in the supercharger, which was designed specifically for this application and completely in-house. Its development drew on technologies from other companies within Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI), such as the Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, Aerospace Company and Corporate Technology Division.
Technology created by the KHI Group was not limited to the supercharger. In fact, shared technology from other group companies can be found throughout the all-new engine and chassis. For example, the carbon-fiber upper and lower winglets were designed with assistance from Kawasaki’s Aerospace Company. These parts increase stability when riding in the ultra-high speed range and were critical to the motorcycle’s overall design. This is one example, but the KHI Group collaboration and the level of technology poured into...
As luck would have it, the Ninja H-2 is no different than any of the past motorcycle releases that we have seen. The information leaks out onto the internet ahead of the official reveal.
As you can see, this bike is not going to be short on styling. We saw a leaked photo of the front of the bike earlier today, and now we are seeing images of the entire bike, along with details about the track version of the bike, the Ninja H2-R.
The bike features a trellis type tubular chassis, much like that of the Ducati's that Kawasaki has their crosshairs trained on. The striking chassis is exposed to show off that Kawie Green against the black body panels. There is no shortage of carbon pieces on this bike either. Details are a little foggy about which bike will get the carbon pieces, but I assume that they will all come as standard on the H2-R version and as optional equipment on the standard H2.
As for power... Power might be the wrong word here. As for "Earth-moving, Teeth shattering, Pavement ripping, Potency," the H2 will have a mind-numbing 300 horsepower thanks to the 998 cc four cylinder engine. I said 300 horsepower out of this supercharged 4-cylinder engine!
The digital instrumentation is absolutely gorgeous as well! Not to forget the single-sided swingarm, the EPIC looking wheels, and the HUGE Brembos up front!
Good job Kawie! Good job indeed! More details to come tomorrow when it officially releases at INTERMOT!