Kawasaki has updated its flagship Ninja H2 and H2R models for 2017, and added the Ninja H2 Carbon, a limited-edition version of the supercharged hypersport model with a carbon-fiber upper cowl and matte silver-mirror paint finish.
These three models feature an updated electronics package with a Bosch five-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), similar to that used in the latest ZX-10R. This includes nine-level traction control, a cornering ABS function for the Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System, and a new instrument panel with lean angle displays. The quickshifter has been revised to work for downshifts as well as upshifts via a contactless-type shifter switch.The bikes’ rear suspension has been updated with a new Ohlins TTX shock with remote preload adjustment, and a different linkage with an updated leverage ratio that contributes to a “firmer, more stable feeling.” The brake and clutch levers have been made more aerodynamic, with rounded edges and a shorter length.
Just 120 units of the Ninja H2 Carbon limited-edition model with be produced worldwide, with each bike individually numbered with a stamping on the supercharger plate.
all three bike are limited-release models, and must be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis through Kawasaki’s Customer Order Program.
BUILT BEYOND BELIEF
The Kawasaki Ninja H2™ R hypersport motorcycle once again returns as a class leader and one of the most sought-after motorcycle on the planet. The subject of multiple awards from US leading publications, a current fixture in museums such as Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, alabama, and drawing contagious attraction in all videos in which it is featured, the supercharged Kawasaki superbike continuously proves that it is the people’s choice in the two-wheeled motorcycle world.
Kawasaki set out to create a factory-built motorcycle, where Kawasaki engineers were able to pursue unadulterated performance without the limitations of street or racing homologation. The first four-stroke, supercharged motorcycle from a major manufacturer, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R produces once unheard of power for a factory-built motorcycle. It’s truly Built Beyond Belief.
In order to create a version that was not only street legal, but also street capable, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 sportbike was born, using engineering shared from the Ninja H2R. The Ninja H2 was developed using the technology from the Ninja H2R model, but worked within the street-legal and street-capable parameters, creating a motorcycle that’s also Built Beyond Belief.
This incredible duo shares many of the technologically advanced components, including the 998cc inline four-cylinder engine, proprietary supercharger, trellis frame, compact superbike dimensions, aerodynamic bodywork, single-sided swingarm, powerful Brembo® brakes and much more. For the 2017 model year, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.a. (KMC) will be offering another order period for customers who are anxious to own one of these exclusive machines.
adding to the amazing pair of motorcycle is the new 2017 Ninja H2 Carbon, a special, limited edition model that features a beautiful carbon-fiber front body work and special insignia.
Highlights of the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2R, Ninja H2 Carbon and Ninja H2 sportbikes:
* NEW Bosch compact Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) allows for additional feedback and layer of precision for management control
* NEW Multi-mode traction control, Launch control, engine braking control, aBS and a quick shifter
* NEW Instrument features include bank angle display and max bank angle recording function
* NEW Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS) corner braking control, with feedback from IMU, increases cornering capabilities
* NEW Contactless-type quick shifter that now allows for quicker shifts for seamless acceleration and quick and easy deceleration (downshifting capability new for 2017)
* NEW Öhlins® TTX fully adjustable, concentric twin tube design rear shock
* NEW Remote preload adjuster simplifies adjustment without tools for rider preference
* NEW Updated rear shock linkage ratios contribute to firmer, more stable feeling
330mm front discs with four-piston Brembo monobloc calipers
* NEW aerodynamic Brembo brake and clutch levers are shorter with rounded edges
* NEW High-quality emblem adds racy and edgy look to the upper cowl
* 998cc four-cylinder engine fitted with a special designed Kawasaki supercharger for intense acceleration
Supercharger uses planetary gears, spins at up to 130,000 rpm and develops up to 20.5 psi boost pressure
MotoGP™-style dog-ring transmission allows fast shifting and works with standard quick shifter
Bodywork developed with Kawasaki aerospace Company to generate downforce
Iconic Kawasaki River Mark used to indicate combined Kawasaki Group technology
Trellis frame used for first time on a Kawasaki motorcycle to provide strength, controlled flex and air circulation
Single-sided swingarm used for first time by Kawasaki and mounted to the engine
assist & Slipper clutch function gives lighter clutch operation and overcomes wheel hop on downshifts
Ninja H2 is fully street-legal, Ninja H2R is designed for closed-circuit use on the racetrack. The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R sportbikes receives a new Ohlins TTX shock, a quick shifter that allows for quick auto-blip down shifts and the Bosch 5-axis IMU. Thanks to the Kawasaki proprietary software that works with the IMU, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R feature a six axis of measurement creating the most advanced electronics package. The stylish appearance of the standard Ninja H2 is available in Mirror Coated Spark Black.
— photography courtesy of Kawasaki —