The launching point for the development of the Ninja H2R was a strong desire to offer riders something they had never before experienced. Convinced that a truly extraordinary riding experience would not be found on a motorcycle that merely built on the performance of existing models, the design team committed to developing the “ultimate” motorcycle from a clean slate. The bike needed to deliver intense acceleration and an ultra-high top speed, coupled with supersport-level circuit performance. To realise this goal, help was enlisted from other companies in the Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Group, precipitating an unprecedented level of inter-company collaboration.
The supercharger used in the Ninja H2R 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. Designing the supercharger in-house allowed it to be developed to perfectly match the engine characteristics of the Ninja H2R. The highly efficient, motorcycle-specific supercharger was the key to achieving the maximum power and the intense acceleration that engineers wanted to offer.
Impeller is formed from a forged aluminium block using a 5-axis CNC machining centre to ensure high precision and high durability. The 69 mm impeller features 6 blades at the tip, expanding to 12 blades at the base. Grooves etched into the blade surfaces help direct the airflow. Impeller’s pumping capacity is over 200 litres/second (measured at atmospheric pressure), with intake air reaching speeds of up to 100 m/s. After passing through the supercharger, air pressure is increased to as much as 2.4 times atmospheric pressure.
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. The frame needed not only to be stiff, but also to be able to absorb external disturbances, which, when encountered while riding in the ultra-high speed range, could easily unsettle the chassis. A 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 is needed.
With power requirements that are being looked after by a supercharged engine, the next step was to design bodywork that both minimised drag and ensured control when riding at ultra high speed.
Assistance from Kawasaki's Aerospace Company was enlisted in creating the aerodynamically sculpted bodywork to ensure maximum efficiency.
To ensure a bold design worthy of a model that carries both the "Ninja" and "H2" names, the prime styling concept chosen for the Ninja H2R was "Intense Force Design".
As a flagship for the Kawasaki brand, it required presence, and a styling that reflected the incredible performance. The design needed to be so much more than merely cosmetic. While it certainly looks the part, the Ninja H2R also possesses a functional beauty: each piece of bodywork was aerodynamically sculpted to ensure stability at ultra high speeds; the cowling design maximises cooling performance and heat dissipation, aiding in achieving the more than 300 PS output; and the RAM Air duct is ideally positioned to bring fresh air to the supercharger.
More than any motorcycle Kawasaki has built to date, the Ninja H2R is a showcase of craftsmanship, build quality and superb fit and finish - right down to the high-tech mirrored finish black chrome paint specially developed for this model.
Type: Supercharged, Liquid-cooled, In-Line Four
Displacement: 998 cm³
Supercharger Type: Centrifugal, scroll-type
Bore and Stroke: 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression ratio: 8.3:1
Valve system: DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system: Fuel injection: ø50 mm x 4 with dual injection
Intake system: Kawasaki Supercharger
Lubrication: Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Transmission: 6-speed, return, dog-ring
Final drive: Chain
Clutch: Wet multi-disc, manual
Type: Trellis, high tensile steel
Front: 120/600R17 (racing slick tyre)
Rear: 190/650R17 (racing slick tyre)
Front: ø43 mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs
Rear: New Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir, dual-range (high/low-speed) compression damping, rebound damping and preload adjustability, and top-out spring
Front: Dual semi-floating ø330 mm discs
Caliper: Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston
Rear: Single ø250 mm disc
Caliper: Opposed 2-piston
Overall length: 2,070 mm
Overall width: 770 mm
Overall height: 1,160 mm
Wheelbase: 1,450 mm
Ground clearance: 130 mm
Seat height: 830 mm
Curb mass: 216 kg
Fuel capacity: 17 litres
Maximum power: 228 kW (310 PS)/14,000 rpm
Maximum power with Ram Air: 240kW (326 PS)/14,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 165 N.m(16.8 kgf.m)/12,500 rpm
2015 Ninja H2R Mirror Coated Black/Real Carbon