After a million teasers (more like 24) the much awaited Kawasaki H2 has finally arrived, the saner version (if you can call 210bhp sane for street use, that is, but we are not complaining) of the totally insane H2R. This gives motorcycle fans a glimpse at the road-going counterpart to the Kawasaki Ninja H2R track-only machine. Based around the same 998cc supercharged inline-four engine, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 makes an astonishing 207 hp with ram air, 197hp without. For reference, the Ninja H2R makes 305hp, without ram-air.
Kawasaki has designed its supercharger system to have two-step gear-ratio, allowing for maximum boost and low and high engine speeds, and the supercharger impeller reaches 130,000 rpm when the Kawasaki Ninja H2 is at its 14,000 rpm redline. Peak torque is 98 lbs•ft, at 10,500 rpm, with the supercharger primarily helping to broaden the powerband for better street riding.
With the two bikes nearly identical, the street bike carries over the same suite of electronics found on the H2R as well: traction control (KTRC), launch control (KLCM), engine brake control (KEBC), anti-locking brakes (KIBS), quick shifter (KQS), and an eletronic steering damper by Öhlins. At 524.7 lbs at the curb, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 isn’t exactly the lightest superbike around, though we doubt many riders will notice the heft when tapping into the supercharged power that’s on-board. We also doubt that many of these machines will remain stock, meaning power figures in the 300’s will surely be possible, with little efforts.
Other tidbits include fully adjustable suspension by KYB, front and aft; and brakes that are done by Brembo, with 330mm rotors up front, and a 250mm disc in the rear. Available in limited numbers only, and it will be priced around the $25,000 price tag.
Probably knowing that the chances of anyone sitting as a pillion are fairly low (why would someone even think of doing that sort of stuff?) Kawasaki has gone ahead and has skipped putting a pillion seat altogether, leaving room for only one rider on the Ninja H2.
Watch the video after the Jump, we warned, total drool worthy video you are about to watch, you would not want to look salivating in front of the desktop screen in the middle of the office, but hey!!.The H2 deserves it.