14 November 2022
Designed to be the ultimate motorcycle, the Ninja H2R was developed as a closed-course model, enabling an unadulterated pursuit of performance free of the limitations that street riding would impose. Powered by an over 300 PS supercharged engine, it offers intense acceleration, an ultra-high top speed, 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.
In order to be able to offer intense acceleration and a top speed in a range that most riders have never experienced, it was essential that the engine be able to produce big power, while ensuring a lightweight, compact overall package.
Using a supercharged engine enabled both of these engine design requirements to be met: maximum power output exceeds 300 PS, and the engine size is on par with other supersport litre-class power units. 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.
The objectives for the Ninja H2R’s 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.
Complementing the Ninja H2R’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 over 300 PS engine was designed to be accommodating even without the benefit of electronic assistance, when electing to fully experience the Ninja H2R’s intense acceleration or ultra-high speed potential, these systems are available to provide an extra degree of rider reassurance.
IN-HOUSE DESIGNED SUPERCHARGER
TRELLIS FRAME CONSTRUCTIONTrellis frame construction offered an elegant, lightweight solution, a balance of stiffness and flexibility that enables a very high level of stability while being able to handle external disturbances at ultra-high speeds. Its open design also helps effectively dissipate heat generated by the supercharged engine.
ORIGINAL-DESIGN WHEELSThe star-pattern 5-spoke wheel design was selected based on analysis and testing to determine the optimum rigidity balance for ultra-high speed performance.
ELECTRONIC STEERING DAMPER
Engine Management Technology
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
Bottom-link Uni Trak, gas-charged shock with adjustable spring preload, 130 mm
ø220 mm petal disc with Dual-piston
Trellis, high-tensile steel
24.3° / 90 mm
Lime Green, Grey, Blue
"Fuel Capacity "
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Specifications are subject to change.
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