EICMA 2014 Live – Kawasaki Ninja H2
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
Has up to 210 PS on tap.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 has finally broken cover at the EICMA 2014 in Milan, Italy, putting an end to the manufacturer’s countless video teasers.
The street-legal motorcycle is visually different from the closed-course H2R by means of a mellowed down (only a bit) bodywork, revised exhaust downtubes and vertically stacked twin-canisters.
Power comes from a supercharged 998 cc inline four-cylinder engine. While the outrageous H2R has a design target horsepower of 300 PS (295.7 bhp), the production version has a modest power output of 200 PS (197.1 bhp) at 11,000 rpm but with the benefit of ram-air, the output increases to a claimed 210 PS (207.04 bhp). The peak torque stands at 133.5 Nm delivered at 10,500 rpm. A 6-speed gearbox is mated to the engine via a wet multiplate clutch.
The motorcycle tips the scales at 238 kg (kerb weight), giving a power-to-weight ratio of 0.88 hp/kg (210 PS version) which, according to Kawasaki, is enough to offer an acceleration that was never experienced before in a production motorcycle.
The Ninja H2 is based on a steel trellis chassis with a swingarm plate. Suspension is courtesy of an inverted telescopic fork (front) and a new Uni-Trak (rear) both of which are adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping.
The front and rear tyres are of specifications 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) and 200/55ZR17M/C (78W) respectively. Dual-disc upfront and single disc at the rear take care of braking.
More details are available in the press release below the gallery.
Kawasaki Ninja H2 at EICMA 2014 – Image Gallery
Kawasaki Ninja H2 – Press Release
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