The Ninja H2 redefines superbike acceleration

It looks like it’s doing 200mph at a standstill, it’s visually awesome and sounds incredible. The level of finish and quality on the H2 is some of the highest I’ve ever seen on a production road bike. Some won’t like the aggressive fuelling and power delivery in the first few gears, but then those people shouldn’t be considering a £22,000 supercharged sportsbike. If you want to chase lap times get a ZX-10R, but if you want one of the most exciting road bikes ever built, then step forward, and get in the queue.
Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
You notice the weight on fast direction changes, and you can’t just bury the front into the apex as hard as you would on a full-blown race bike, and if you roll off the power and head to the apex on a closed throttle it will run wide slightly. If you want to chase the stopwatch on a track, this isn’t the weapon of choice.
The more you get used to the speed, the more friendly the H2 feels. You soon realise you can lean on the excellent traction control and let the clever electronics work out the available grip, and you start to dial in all that power with far more control. You feel the chassis flex slightly, as the shock is compressed and the electronics do their thing, and it starts to become addictive. Get the bike buried into the turn, clip the apex, stand it up on the exit and hold on tight as the rear breaks traction by a few inches, in third, fourth and even fifth.
It is aggressive, but it’s also predictable and consistent, and the feedback gives you the confidence to keep pushing harder.
Engine
5 out of 5
As the supercharged motor barks into life you already know there’s something different going on beneath the minimalist fairings. Blip the throttle and the supercharger whirs as the induction pressure sucks the landscape towards its nose, along with every curious human within its vicinity. It sounds like nothing else on the road – and feels like nothing else, too.
The aggressive power pushes you to use a higher gear, for example taking the last corner in third instead of second, even using third for the hairpin. It has so much power and torque to pull you from low down, that being at the top of the rev range just isn’t necessary. Even short-shifting between corners delivers incredible drive. It’s like nothing else you can buy, especially in third and fourth gear where you’d expect the brutality to wane a little – but it doesn’t. It’ll eat every other road bike for breakfast in these two gears. Never challenge an H2 rider to a roll-on shoot-out, unless you’re on an H2R.
The engine is very similar to the 326bhp H2R, with the same bore and stroke, think of the H2 has a watered down version of the H2R rather than the H2R being a tuned version of the H2. The supercharger was made by Kawasaki, it’s not a bolt on extra made by a third party. This means the supercharger works in perfect partnership with the 998cc motor. The impellor speed is 9.2 times the crank speed, this means at 14,000rpm the impellor shaft is spinning at almost 130,000rpm. After passing through the supercharger, air pressure in the aluminium airbox is 2.4 times atmospheric pressure.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Build-quality is superb, and while this is a very new release, there have been no reports of any initial issues.
Insurance, running costs & value
3 out of 5
There's no avoiding the fact that the Ninja H2 is at the very pinnacle of superbike excess, and that comes at a price. Beyond the initial £22,000 purchase price, it will need meticulous servicing, and if you're keen on feeling the full force of the stunning acceleration, you better ringfence a good tyre budget, too.
On the bright side, the level of finish and quality is exceptional, and it’s already an iconic machine. Its specialness isn’t going to fade.
Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.
Equipment
5 out of 5
The H2 comes with a plethora of control systems to keep it under control.

By jay odedra
On: Oct 01, 2015 | 1475 Views
  • 11 Likes
  • 2 Dislikes

Kawasaki Ninja H2 User Reviews

4.7/5
Based on15 User Reviews
  • All (15)
  • Speed (5)
  • Looks (5)
  • Price (3)
  • Performance (3)
  • Power (2)
  • Engine (2)
  • Pickup (1)
  • More ...
  • LATEST
  • MOST HELPFUL
  • for Carbon BS6

    Kawasaki Ninja h2 fan

    It is not a bike it is a beast with supercharging and many futures. Styles looking attractive I love this bike only one.....Read More

    By rahulkumar
    On: Apr 20, 2020 | 131 Views
  • My Dream Bike

    Awesome and lovely bike. It is my dream bike. I want to buy this bike.

    By priyanshu
    On: Feb 26, 2020 | 131 Views
  • Best bike.

    This is a very brilliant bike and the best in class performance.

    By mahendra thakur
    On: Jan 19, 2020 | 158 Views
  • Slow speed bike for kids.

    A very slow bike, even an Activa has a higher speed. The pickup is also low.

    By anonymous
    On: Dec 10, 2019 | 300 Views
  • Don't judge this bike

    Kawasaki Ninja H2 is affordable for those people who love super and fastest bikes. The mileage is very good as compared.....Read More

    By anil khode
    On: Nov 13, 2019 | 741 Views
  • View All Kawasaki Ninja H2 Reviews

Users Also Viewed

More Bike Options to Consider

Other Kawasaki Bikes

*Ex-Showroom Price in Delhi
×
Which is your city ?