25 November 2022
Designed to be the ultimate motorcycle, the street-going Ninja H2 is based closely on the closed-course Ninja H2R. Powered by a 200 PS supercharged engine, it offers intense acceleration, superb high-speed riding potential, supersport-level handling performance, and a sensory experience surpassing anything that riders can find today.
To realise the goal of creating the ultimate motorcycle, help was enlisted from other companies in the Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Group, precipitating an unprecedented level of inter-company collaboration.
Using a supercharged engine enabled engine design requirements for big power in a lightweight, compact package to be met. Aside from minor differences in the engine unit, and intake and exhaust systems tailored for street use to ensure noise and emissions standards are met, the 200 PS supercharged engine of the Ninja H2 is essentially the same as the over 300 PS engine of the closed-course Ninja H2R, delivering an intense acceleration unlike anything you can experience on a naturally aspirated bike.
Designed in-house, the immense potential of the highly compact, highly efficient, supercharged 998 cm3 In-Line Four engine is a testament to the technology possessed by the KHI Group.
Designed for the performance parameters of the closed-course Ninja H2R and shared with the street-going Ninja H2, the objectives for the chassis were to ensure unflappable composure at ultra-high speeds, offer cornering performance to be able to enjoy riding on a circuit, and finally to have a highly accommodating character.
Ordinarily, high-speed stability can easily be achieved with a long wheelbase, but a shorter wheelbase was selected to achieve the compact overall package and sharp handling that were also desired. An innovative new trellis frame provided both the strength to harness the incredible power of the supercharged engine, and the balanced flex to achieve the stability and pliability for high-speed riding.
As speed increases, wind resistance increases exponentially. To be able to operate in the ultra-high speed range, a combination of high power and slippery aerodynamics was needed. With power requirements taken care of by the supercharged engine, the next step was to design bodywork that both minimised drag and added control when riding at ultra-high speed.
It is no accident that the Ninja H2 does not seem to have the aggressive forward-canted stance of most modern supersport models. At the speeds for which the closed-course Ninja H2R was designed, such a posture would create drag that would hinder top speed aspirations. Instead, the stance is very neutral, almost flat—think Formula 1 car—to make the body as aerodynamically sleek as possible.
Although the Ninja H2’s high performance cannot be denied, since it was not intended to be a race bike designed to turn quick lap times as efficiently as possible, it did not need the spartan accommodation found on most purpose-built supersport models.
The man-machine interface enables riders to enjoy the bike’s performance with a modicum of comfort. While the riding position, ergonomics and cockpit layout were all designed first and foremost to put the rider in the best position to control this amazing machine, the impression from the rider’s perspective is one not of austerity, but rather plush quality, high-tech control, and an impeccable fit and finish.
Complementing the Ninja H2’s incredible engine and chassis performance, advanced electronics work behind the scenes to provide rider support. Depending on rider preference, many of the systems may be turned off. And while the high-performance engine was designed to be accommodating even without the benefit of electronic assistance, when electing to fully experience the Ninja H2’s intense acceleration or high-speed potential, these systems are available to provide an extra degree of rider reassurance.
IN-HOUSE DESIGNED SUPERCHARGERThe supercharger used in the Ninja H2 was designed by Kawasaki motorcycle engine designers with assistance from other companies within the KHI Group, namely the Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, Aerospace Company, and Corporate Technology Division.
AERODYNAMIC MIRROR STAYS
ALUMINIUM INTAKE CHAMBERThe large 6-litre intake chamber is ideally shaped for high efficiency and high engine output. Being constructed of highly rigid aluminium offers two advantages.
EXHAUST SYSTEMEntrance to the header pipes is ovular to match the dual exhaust ports per cylinder. Partly formed by hydroforming, each header pipe tapers from an ovular to a φ45 mm round cross-section. For the ideal exhaust pressure, all four header pipes are connected.
ORIGINAL-DESIGN WHEELSThe star-pattern 5-spoke wheel design was selected based on analysis and testing to determine the optimum rigidity balance for high speed performance. The analysis technology used in their development comes from World Superbike.
ELECTRONIC STEERING DAMPERKawasaki’s electronic steering damper was jointly developed with Öhlins, one of the most popular and respected manufacturers of steering dampers. The damping characteristics are changed electronically according to vehicle speed, and the degree of acceleration or deceleration.
Chassis Management Technology
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
Fuel injection: ø32 mm x 2
Bore x Stroke
62.0 x 41.2 mm
6-speed, return shift
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
ø41 mm telescopic fork, 120 mm
Single semi-floating ø310 mm petal disc with Single balanced-actuation dual-piston
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
ø220 mm petal disc with Dual-piston
Trellis, high-tensile steel
24.3° / 90 mm
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