Experience unforgettable supercharged street performance with the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 motorcycle. The world’s only supercharged production hypersport streetbike features numerous innovations and industry-firsts from across Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI), complemented by only the highest quality components. The result is an awe-inspiring work of mechanical art, Built Beyond Belief.
The world’s only supercharged production streetbike engine creates unprecedented power for remarkable acceleration. The heavy growl of the boosted liter-class engine is a sound the streets won’t soon forget
The complex shape of the impeller is 3D machined from forged aluminum for highprecision and durability. The impeller spins at 9.2x speed of the crankshaft, reaching speeds of nearly 130,000 rpm, pumping a capacity of over 200 liters of air per second into the engine.
Designed using technology from KHI’s Aerospace Company, the planetary gearis incredibly compact and efficient at transferring power. The planetary gear runs off power from the crankshaft, driving the impeller (via a “step-up” gear) to incredibly high rpm.
The all-new engine was painstakingly crafted to accommodate the extreme air pressure created by a supercharger. Cast (rather than forged) through a unique process, the pistons of the Ninja H2are lightweight—yet strong—and able to withstand extremely high temperatures. The precision-honed combustion chamber is complemented by a flat piston crown—inspired by technology from KHI’s Gas Turbine & Machinery Company—thathelps prevent engine knock.
Commonly found in high-performance racing machines, the dog-ring transmission allowsfor effortless, short shifts. Rather than shifting gears into place, the gears in this configuration stay in place, withthe lightweight dog rings moving to engage the gears. A contactless quick shifter enables quick upshifts for seamless acceleration. A high-quality hydraulic clutch features Brembo components for smooth actuation.
For the first time ever on asphalt, The KYB AOS-II (Air-Oil-Separate) cartridge fork is usedfor providing silky-smooth initial action complemented by strong damping. The front fork is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping, as well as preload. The fully adjustable KYB shock offers incredible performance, due in part to Uni-Trak® linkage that offers excellent feedback to the rider.
Top-shelf Brembo brake components were specially inspected and tuned specifically for immediate braking response. In the front, two massive 330mm Brembo semi-floating discs are gripped by dual radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers for superb braking force. In the rear, a 250mm disc was chosen for strong performance.
The cast aluminum wheels were designed specifically for the Ninja H2, and were created using analysis from Kawasaki’s World Superbike team. The star-pattern 5-spoke wheels offer optimal rigidity for high-power performance. The Ninja H2 comes equipped with a massive 200mm rear tire that transmits power to the ground.
Whereas many competitive traction control systems react to wheel-slip, this enhanced version of KTRC uses complex analysis to help prevent wheel-slip. The new KTRC system features three modes, each consisting of three programmable levels, allowing riders to choose how heavily each mode intervenes during riding. Modes 1 and 2 are tailored for maximum acceleration and performance, while mode 3 is optimized for rainy conditions. The system can also be turned off completely.
3-mode KLCM provides unmatchable acceleration from a stop by electronically controlling engine output to minimize rear wheel-slip and front end lift. Launch Control Mode allows the rider to launch from a stop with the throttle held wide open.
The Öhlins electronic steering damper adjusts damping based on a number of inputs. At lower speeds, damping is lessened. As speed increases, steering damping increases for optimal performance.
LED headlamps evoke the image of a predator’s fangs, while a red LED taillampand indicators paint the mirror coated black seat a devilish hue. A full LED display features a host of information such as a digital speedometer, gear indicator, boost indicator, fuel consumption, odometer and more. The needle of the tachometer sits against black until it starts to move. Then, the backlit numbers chase the needle as it rises.
Designed by KHI’s Aerospace Company, the mirror stays feature airfoil cross-sections with Gurney flaps that contribute to downforce generation. A chin spoiler on the upper cowl is also function disguised in form, further contributingto downforce generation.
Made from high-tensile steel, the trellis frame balances stiffness and flexibility for top performance at higher speeds. The open design allows for much better heat dissipation—an essential consideration for such a powerful engine.
Developed by KHI, the mirror coated black paint of the tank, fairing, and seat is thefirst-ever on a mass-production automobile or motorcycle. The multi-layer composite paint includes a layer of pure silver formed by a chemical reaction, creating the mirrored effect. Each layer of paint is carefully attended to by highly-skilled Kawasaki craftsmen. In the shade, the dark base coat shows through the silver for a deep, 3D appearance. In the sun, the silver creates a brilliant metallic effect.
Reserved only for models of historical significance, the iconic Kawasaki River Markis featured prominently on the front cowl.• The River Mark dates back over a century to the earliest days of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., and was used on select motorcycle models in the 1960s.
|Engine||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke in-line four|
|Bore and Stroke||76.0 x 55.0 mm|
|Fuel system||DFI® 50mm throttle bodies x 4 with dual injection|
|Intake System||Kawasaki supercharger|
|Transmission||6-speed, return, dog-ring|
|Front Suspension / Wheel Travel||43mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs / 4.7 in|
|Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel||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 / 5.3 in|
|Front Tire||120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W)|
|Rear Tire||200/55 ZR17 M/C (78W)|
|Front Brakes||Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston calipers, dual semi-floating 330mm discs, KIBS ABS|
|Rear Brakes||Opposed 2-piston calipers, single 250mm disc, KIBS ABS|
|Frame Type||Trellis, high-tensile steel, with swingarm mounting plate|
|Overall Length||82.1 in|
|Overall Width||30.3 in|
|Overall Height||44.3 in|
|Ground Clearance||5.1 in|
|Seat Height||32.5 in|
|Lubrication||Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler|
|Curb Weight||524.8 lb**|
|Color Choices||Mirror Coated Black|
|Warranty||12 month Limited Warranty|
|Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)||12, 24, 36 or 48 months|
|Fuel capacity||4.5 gal|