The launching point for the development of the Ninja H2 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. Updated for 2016 with new Assist & Slipper clutch, ECU settings and new Mirror Coated Spark Black finish.
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 a large-displacement engine could easily provide a high engine output, to ensure a lightweight, compact overall package a compact engine was also desired. Using a supercharged engine enabled both of these engine design requirements to be met: the Ninja H2 has a maximum output of 200 PS and its engine size is on par with other supersport litre-class power units. Aside from minor differences in the engine unit, and intake and exhaust systems tailored for street use to ensure it meets noise and emissions standards, the supercharged engine 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 engine is a testament to the technology possessed by the KHI Group.
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.
Wanting to ensure a bold design worthy of a model that carried both the “Ninja” and “H2” names, the prime styling concept chosen for the Ninja H2 was “Intense Force Design.” As a flagship for the Kawasaki brand, it required presence, and a styling that reflected its incredible performance.But the design is much more than cosmetic. While its edged styling certainly looks the part, the Ninja H2 also possesses a functional beauty: each piece of its bodywork was aerodynamically sculpted to enhance stability at high speeds; the cowling design also maximises cooling performance and heat dissipation, aiding in achieving the engine’s incredible 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 H2 is a showcase of craftsmanship, build quality and superb fit and finish—right down to the brilliant silver-mirror paint specially developed for this model.
The 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. Designing the supercharger in-house allowed it to be developed to perfectly match the engine characteristics of the Ninja H2. The highly efficient, motorcycle-specific supercharger was the key to achieving the maximum power and the intense acceleration that engineers wanted to offer.
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: 8.5:1
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: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear: 200/55ZR17M/C (78W)
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: 2,085 mm
Overall width: 770 mm
Overall height: 1,125 mm
Wheelbase: 1,455 mm
Ground clearance: 130 mm
Seat height: 825 mm
Curb mass: 238 kg
Fuel capacity: 17 litres
Maximum power: 147.2 kW (200 PS)/11,000 rpm
Maximum power with Ram Air: 154.5kW (210 PS)/11,000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 133.5 N.m(13.6 kgf.m)/10,500 rpm
Warranty: 24 months unlimited kilometres
2016 Ninja H2 Mirror Coated Black