2020 Kawasaki Ninja H2

Built Beyond Belief

starting from £26,000

A machine apart, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 is the embodiment of Kawasaki’s passion for performance, for the search for technical excellence and desire to achieve road riding perfection. Equipped with a Supercharger designed and constructed entirely in-house, the Ninja H2 will delight connoisseurs with a visual feast of craftsmanship details plus a new standard of road bike acceleration.

Key Features

Power Unit Designed to Withstand the 300 PS Output of the Closed-course Ninja H2R

Despite it’s familiar In-Line Four configuration, the Ninja H2 power unit is loaded with technology developed specifically for this supercharged engine.

High-tech Paint

The mirrored-finish black chrome paint used on the Ninja H2 was developed by Kawasaki specifically for motorcycles. The highly reflective surface adds to the bike’s stunning design.

Hydraulic Assist & Slipper Clutch

A high-quality hydraulic clutch offers less maintenance, ensuring the initial touch condition can be maintained. And with Brembo components, superb linearity and smooth actuation are also benefits.

Bosch IMU

The use of Bosch’s compact IMU allows an additional layer of precision to be added to the already high-level KTRC, KLCM and KIBS.IMU enables inertia along 6 DOF (degrees of freedom) to be monitored. Acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes, plus roll rate and pitch rate are measured.

Instrumentation & Controls

The advanced, hightech design of the instrumentation conveys the image of piloting a jet fighter aircraft. Handle control switches put all mode selection and display options at the rider’s fingertips.

Brakes

A pair of massive ø330 mm Brembo semi-floating discs with a thickness of t5.5 mm deliver superb braking force.

BUILT BEYOND BELIEF

Revised “Supercharged” emblem emphasises the even greater power offered by Ninja H2’s supercharged engine. Colour accents express the specialness of this high-performance engine, while graphics depicting high-velocity intake air being spun around convey a sense of speed.

Single-sided Swingarm

The Ninja H2 features Kawasaki’s first single-sided swingarm.

Maximising Airflow Efficiency

All engines need to breathe. In addition to ensuring the engine has sufficient air, how the air is supplied is another concern.

Öhlins TTX36 Rear Suspension

The addition of Öhlins’ highly acclaimed TTX shock offers numerous rider benefits:
- Increased rear stability,enhanced cornering performance.
- Excellent damping, increased riding comfort and sportier handling.
- Increased rider confidence on circuit.
- Superb feedback from the road.
- More stability at speed, and lane changes executed more easily.
- Around town, the supple suspension absorbs bumps with ease, adding to ride comfort.

Riding Position & Ergonomics

As enjoyment of the intense acceleration and high-speed capabilities was the first priority, a solo seat for the rider is the only seating provided.

Smartphone Connectivity

A Bluetooth chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using the smartphone application "RIDEOLOGY THE APP," a number of instrument functions can be accessed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience. * A number of functions are available: - Vehicle Info: information such as fuel gauge, odometer, maintenance schedule, etc can be viewed via the smartphone. - Riding Log: route and rpm can be can be viewed via the smartphone. - Telephone notices: when a call, text or mail is received by the smartphone, this is indicated on the instrument display. - General Settings: general instrument display settings (such as preferred units, date, date format, etc) can be adjusted via the smartphone.

Lighting Equipment

The Ninja H2 is equipped with all the lights needed for street-legal operation. With the exception of the bulb illuminating the license plate, all lighting equipment on the Ninja H2 is of the LED type.

Original-design Wheels

Cast aluminium wheels were designed specifically for the Ninja H2.

KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function)

KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner—from entry, through the apex, to corner exit—modulating brake force and engine power to facilitate smooth transition from acceleration to braking and back again, and to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner. On the Ninja H2, KCMF oversees the following systems:
- KTRC (including traction, wheelie and sliding control)
- KLCM
- KIBS (including pitching and corner braking control)
- Kawasaki Engine Brake Control

Trellis Frame

Using a trellis frame construction offered an elegant, lightweight solution to meeting the performance requirements for the chassis of the closed-course model.

KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)

The Ninja H2 was the first Kawasaki motorcycle to be fit standard with a quick shifter. For 2017, the quick shifter also enables clutchless downshifts.

Öhlins Electronic Steering Damper

At low speeds, the settings were chosen such that damping does not interfere with the bike’s intrinsic lightweight handling. At high speeds, damping increases to provide enhanced stability.

Suspensions

On the front KYB AOS-II racing suspension makes its debut on an on-road bike. On the rear KYB fully adjustable mono-shock rear suspension offers superb stability

Aerodynamically-designed Bodywork

It is no accident that when viewed from the side, the Ninja H2 does not seem to have the aggressive forward-canted stance of most modern supersport models.

Dog-ring Transmission

To facilitate smooth, quick shifting, a dog-ring type transmission was selected. This is the kind of transmission commonly found in MotoGP or Formula 1, and was developed with feedback from the Kawasaki Racing Team.

Kawasaki River Mark

Special permission was obtained to use the River Mark on the Ninja H2. Usually, its use on a product is reserved for models of historical significance.

Keeping The Engine Cool

In the interest of keeping the engine compact and simple, a single lubrication system provides cooling oil for the engine components, supercharger and transmission.

In-house-designed Supercharger

The supercharger used in the Ninja H2 was designed by Kawasaki motorcycle engine designers with assistance from other companies within the KHI Group.

Technology

Silver-Mirror Paint


Kawasaki’s original silver-mirror paint uses a layer of silver to create a highly reflective, glasslike metal appearance.

ERGO-FIT


ERGO-FIT is an interface system that allows a wide range of riders to feel at one with their machine. Genuine Kawasaki Accessories may need to be purchased for certain Ergo Fit adjustments.

K-ACT ABS


K-ACT (Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-braking Technology) ABS is an advanced brake system that links the front and rear brakes for stable braking.

ABS


ABS (Anti-lock Brake System) ensures stable braking performance by preventing wheel lock during braking.

Electronic Throttle Valves


Electronic Throttle Valves allow the ECU to deliver the ideal amount of fuel and air to the engine.

Kawasaki Engine Brake Control


Kawasaki Engine Brake Control allows riders to set engine braking according to preference.

KCMF


KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function) monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner.

KQS - Kawasaki Quick Shifter


KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter) enables clutchless up- and downshifts.

KLCM - Kawasaki Launch Control Mode


KLCM (Kawasaki Launch Control Mode) optimises acceleration from a stop by electronically managing engine output to prevent wheelspin.

IMU


Combined with Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modelling program, input from the IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) enables even more precise chassis orientation awareness, the key to bringing Kawasaki’s electronics to the next level.

Supercharged engine


Designed completely in-house, the immense potential of the highly compact, highly efficient supercharged engine is a testament to the technology possessed by the KHI Group.

Assist & Slipper Clutch


Based on racing technology, the Assist & Slipper Clutch acts as both a back-torque limiter and a self-servo mechanism that enables a lighter clutch lever pull.

Economical Riding Indicator


The Economical Riding Indicator is a mark appearing on the instrument panel to indicate favourable fuel consumption, encouraging fuel efficient riding.

KTRC (3-mode, 9-levels)


9-Mode KTRC (Kawasaki TRaction Control), Kawasaki’s most advanced traction control system, offers both enhanced sport riding performance and the peace of mind to negotiate slippery surfaces with confidence.

Smartphone Connectivity


Smartphone connectivity contributes to an enhanced motorcycling experience by enabling riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly.

Specification

Engine

Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four with Supercharger
Displacement 998 cm³
Bore x stroke 76 x 55 mm
Compression ratio 8.5:1
Valve system DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection: Ø 50 mm x 4 with dual injection
Ignition Digital
Starting System Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Brakes & Suspension

Brakes, front Dual semi-floating 330 mm Brembo discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, Brembo Stylema monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Brakes, rear Single 250 mm disc. Caliper: Brembo, opposed 2-piston
Suspension, front 43 mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs
Suspension, rear New Uni-Trak, Öhlins TTX36 gas-charged shock with piggyback reservoir, compression damping, rebound damping, preload adjustability and top-out spring
Performance & Transmission

Maximum power 170 kW {231 PS} / 11,500 rpm
Maximum power with RAM air 178.5 kW {243 PS} / 11,500 rpm
CO2 emission 173 g/km
Maximum torque 141.7 N•m {14.4 kgf•m} / 11,000 rpm
Transmission 6-speed, dog-ring
Final drive Sealed chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 1.551 (76/49)
Gear Ratios 1st 3.188 (51/16)
Gear Ratios 2nd 2.526 (48/19)
Gear Ratios 3rd 2.045 (45/22)
Gear Ratios 4th 1.727 (38/22)
Gear Ratios 5th 1.524 (32/21)
Gear Ratios 6th 1.348 (31/23)
Final reduction ratio 2.444 (44/18)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame & Dimensions

Frame type Trellis, high-tensile steel with Swingarm Mounting Plate
Trail 103 mm
Wheel travel front 120 mm
Wheel travel rear 135 mm
Tyre, front 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Tyre, rear 200/55ZR17M/C (78W)
Steering angle, left / right 27° / 27°
L x W x H 2,085 x 770 x 1,125 mm
Wheelbase 1,455 mm
Ground clearance 130 mm
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 825 mm
Curb mass 238 kg