Intermot 2014: Kawasaki Ninja H2R specs and pictures revealed

Closed-course superbike will make ‘roughly’ 300hp, road-legal bike tuned to 200hp

Posted: 30 September 2014
by Visordown News

KAWASAKI has released pictures and details of the H2R, a closed-course version of the highly-anticipated H2.

It’s confirmed the 2015 model will be powered by a 998cc supercharged liquid-cooled inline four. Official power figures haven’t been released yet but Kawasaki has said the H2R makes ‘roughly’ 300hp.

The motorcycle-specific scroll-type supercharger was designed completely in-house with help from companies within the Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Group and according to Kawasaki ‘was the key to achieving the maximum power and the intense acceleration that engineers wanted.’

The H2R will put all that power through a 120/600R17 front and 190/650R17 rear shod with Bridgestone V01 slick tyres.

Instead of giving the H2R a long wheelbase, which in turn slows down the handling, carbon-fibre upper and lower wings have been fitted to aid stability. A new single-sided swing arm and steel trellis frame were also developed to provide strength whilst allowing flex to absorb disturbances at high speed.

Kawasaki’s Aerospace Company was enlisted in creating the carbon-fibre bodywork to ensure aerodynamic efficiency. The fairing helps to maximise cooling by improving heat dissipation and has mirrored-finished black chrome paint.

The road-legal H2 will be unveiled early November at EICMA and produce 200hp - more details as they come.

A release from Kawasaki said:

When Kawasaki first conceived the Ninja H2R, the driving development concept was to offer the kind of acceleration no rider had experienced before.  

That a motorcycle be “Fun to Ride” is one of Kawasaki’s guiding principles.  But while there are many ways for a motorcycle to be enjoyed, it was felt that having incredible acceleration was a major factor in delivering ultimate riding exhilaration.  

Powering the Ninja H2R is a supercharged engine with a design target of 300 PS allied to a compact design on par with power units found in supersport litre-class models.  The key to achieving this incredible performance lies in the engine’s supercharger—a motorcycle-specific unit designed completely in-house with technology from other companies within the Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Group: the Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, Aerospace Company and Corporate Technology Division.

KHI Group technology was not limited to the supercharger.  Advanced technological know-how shared from other group companies is found throughout the all-new engine and chassis design.  For example, the carbon-fibre upper and lower wings that ensure stability when riding in the ultra-high speed range were designed with assistance from Kawasaki’s Aerospace Company.  This is but one example, and this inter-group collaboration combined with the level of technology poured into this model is the reason the Kawasaki River Mark* is displayed prominently on the front of the Ninja H2R.  

When it came time to name this model, using “Ninja”—a name synonymous with Kawasaki performance and shared by many legendary models over three historic decades —was an obvious choice.  But this model is also named for another epoch-making model, whose 2-stroke 748.2 cm3 Triple gave it an intense acceleration that made it a sensation around the world: the Mach IV 750, also known as the “H2.”  For a model designed to offer “the kind of acceleration no rider has experienced before” we can think of no better name.  

Built Beyond Belief. In 2014, Kawasaki is once again ready to unleash a new sensation upon the world.  

*The Kawasaki River Mark is a long-time symbol of the KHI Group dating back to the 1870s.  As a policy, its use on products is rare and limited to models with historical significance.  But for the Ninja H2R permission to use this symbol was granted.  


Never-before-experienced Acceleration

In order to be able to offer intense acceleration and a top speed in a range that most riders never have a chance to experience, 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—essentially enabling a high-performance engine to be downsized—allowed both of these engine design requirements to be met: maximum power output has been targeted at 300 PS, and the engine size of the 998 cm3 In-Line Four is on par with other supersport litre-class power units. 

In-house-designed Supercharger

The supercharger used in the Ninja H2R 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 the Corporate Technology Division.  Designing the supercharger in-house allowed it to be developed to perfectly match the engine characteristics of the Ninja H2R.  The highly efficient, motorcycle-specific supercharger was the key to achieving the maximum power and the intense acceleration that engineers wanted to offer. 

Chassis Design

The objectives for the Ninja H2R’s chassis were to ensure supreme stability at ultra-high speeds, offer cornering performance to be able to enjoy riding on a closed course, and finally to have a highly accommodating character.  Ordinarily, high-speed stability can easily be achieved with a long wheelbase, but a shorter wheelbase was selected to achieve the compact overall package and sharp handling that were also desired.  The frame needed not only to be stiff, but also to be able to absorb external disturbances—which, when encountered while riding in the ultra-high speed range, could easily unsettle a lesser chassis.  A new trellis frame developed using the latest analysis technology provided both the strength to harness the incredible power of the supercharged engine, and the balanced flex to ensure the stability and feedback for high-speed riding.   


As speed increases, wind resistance increases exponentially.  To be able to operate in the ultra-high speed range, a combination of high power and slippery aerodynamics is needed.  With power requirements taken care of by the supercharged engine, the next step was to design bodywork that both minimised drag and ensured control when riding at ultra-high speed.  Assistance from Kawasaki’s Aerospace Company was enlisted in creating the aerodynamically sculpted bodywork to ensure maximum aerodynamic efficiency.   

Intense-Force Design & Craftsmanship

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 H2R 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 it certainly looks the part, the Ninja H2R also possesses a functional beauty: each piece of its bodywork was aerodynamically sculpted to ensure stability at ultra-high speeds; the cowling design also maximises cooling performance and heat dissipation, aiding in achieving the engine’s roughly 300 PS 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 H2R is a showcase of craftsmanship, build quality and superb fit and finish—right down to the high-tech mirrored-finish black chrome paint specially developed for this model.

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I do love the green Trellis frame.....

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:09

Well it's different! Some parts remind me of a Panigale. But then evolution will dictate that one shape is best suited to a particular task, hence birds having one set of wings and a head at the front. Personally I love the fact Kawasaki are getting their big guns out, if I wanted 'sensible' - I'd buy a Volvo.

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:10

LOL! Amazing!
Now we just need the tyre companies to magic something up that will last an entire track / race day of 300bhp abuse. It's bad enough on a 170bhp Gixxer 1000!

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:41

I've got a job interview on Thursday for a much higher paying job. If I get that job then I'm making the H2 my next purchase :)

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:47

Calling my Kawa dealer right now. I recon a 20k tag.

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 10:51


Posted: 30/09/2014 at 11:24

Incredible piece of kit from Kawasaki!! Need to know £££££ How Much?

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 11:57

No doubt a pretty looking bike

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:07

I was anticipating something pretty radical from KHI but this is way beyond anything I imagined.

An engine that's good for 300hp is completely bonkers and the Decepticon styling is really working for me. I guess the H2 road bike will be a touch watered down but I bet there will no shortage of bits to unleash the full whack from the motor. With a bit of luck, all it'll take is an ECU reflash, plus maybe grinding a restricting washer out of the exhaust like on a TZR125 :]

All I need is the cash and it can be mine. Anybody needing a new kidney?

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 12:19

Well that is stunning, what a piece of art. Fair play to Kawasaki for having the balls to bring this technology back. I think Yamaha are going to have watch this space. Great to see the whole industry getting some great bikes out there again, Turbos again anybody.

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 13:05

It's like the 1980's are back. Glorious, bonkers ostentatious excess for its own sake. Round of applause, Kawasaki. Don't stop believin'.

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 13:15

As a die hard Kawasaki fanatic, I have just messed my pants.

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 14:05

fracking awesome, frack off to all the hp limit EU frackers.

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 17:20

The only mistake was those "wings" they look shocking!

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 18:19

Well... The TT'll be interesting! Something to put the fight to the S1000RR.

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 18:23

Completely gorgeous! I'd be to freaked out to ride one tho. Imagine the slightest tipover and those wingy-things would go bye-bye!

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 18:28


Posted: 30/09/2014 at 19:20

£50k for the race version

£25k for the normal, be quick only 15 are on their way in!

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:02

Sorry should say 25 normal and 15 race coming into the UK

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 21:04

I was so sick of the teasers, but now it's here i have to say, that is a fantastic bike. Another level reached again.

Posted: 30/09/2014 at 22:38

Very cluttered styling, gimmicky wings, more power than a Motogp bike on steel brakes and those tires? I guess kawasaki just wants to kill people, hence the H2 revival.

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 01:23

Oh, Ray of sunshine, you make me look positively upbeat and jolly. :P

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 07:39

It never ceases to amaze me the amount of fat balding men one sees riding about on bikes covered in carbon fibre. They could save a FORTUNE if they just stopped eating cake and went for a run every now and again.

Particular props to the fella I saw at Box Hill a while ago on a 999R that was COVERED in carbon. Only for him to have to reach past his enormous belly to grab the bars. Well played that man!!


Posted: 01/10/2014 at 10:41

Re: the missing belly pan,

I think this bike will seriously need the most amount of cooling that it can, any belly pan or carbon fibre sticky film that's covers the exhausts will seriously overheat this. Hence the open exhausts and radiator.

Looking into the future, imagine a supercharger failure that spills its guts right next to your knees' instant kneecapping in progress or taking your vegetables clean off.

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 11:29

It always amazes me to see these squids out in the world. It's always Ducatis they ride, for some reason. I guess if riding their bikes they way they do makes them happy, then that's fair enough. Even though they'd be just as slow riding a bloody Super Dream 250 and it wouldn't cost them a fraction of the money.

The more I look at this H2R, the more I want it!

Thinking about it though raises an important question... Where the hell could you actually unleash a 300hp motorbike? Or for that matter, 200hp on the road? Maybe the H2 will be the ultimate squid bike. Simply because there's no road or track long enough and straight enough for *any* rider to tap in to the upper reaches of the top end.

That trifling little matter doesn't stop me wanting one. Not for one single second.

This thing is the Veyron on two wheels.

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 11:47

Just hope those knocking people who don't fit their aesthetic ideal of a motorcyclist are ready to hang up their leathers as soon as they move up a couple of pounds. Ignorant cocks.

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 14:21

That's the point zodiac my old mukka, one goes for that cycle, or run or whatever so you DON'T gain that extra tonage!!! Works really well too! :D

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 14:25

In other news, I still don't think it's a looker. I do know I want one, I also know I'll NEVER EVER own one..

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 14:33

Pagik, it's quite likely I've covered more terrain running and walking than you can imagine. I don't have to worry about it - and I wouldn't anyway. The fact someone enjoys an extra pie is neither here nor there. If they enjoy their bike, good luck to them. Let's hope you never have some illness or injury that affects how others look at you. What will you do? Tool.

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 15:05

There's no need for name calling now is there!!!! People already look at me funny. It's a blessing.........

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 15:33

Roger, let's not have any pretenses that the original H2 was not a crap motorcycle.

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 16:26

looks like something darth vader would have in his death star garage, all it needs is a jet engine.

At least they had the nerve to do it though so i give them credit for that, But at the end of the day you can only go 70 along with the other inferior machines.

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 17:23

not sure what the point is...if we want 300hp bikes for the streets, why not just make 2L engines? GM wanted 600hp in the Corvette, they just made a 7L engine.
The next question is: who will insure a rider on this bike for the street version?

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 19:39

love the dials!

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 20:05

Cheer up, Ray, nobody's going to make you ride one.

The point of it is that it's gloriously, hilariously pointless. I quote: "FUCK YOU! Kawasaki is back"

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 20:52

This bike in my opinion obliterates everything stylistically as well as in performance terms compared to ANY other production motorcycle to date. Looked at the 'new' S1000rr after the H2 and the BMW looked as dull as dishwater. Well done Kawa for raising the bar yet again.

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 21:07

love the skull face front view (that's no accident by the designers!) but a very cluttered design. the eye doesn't really follow a curve/line and doesn't quite know where to settle. needs full fairing.

Posted: 01/10/2014 at 21:12

Just so You fella's know The overweight old farts on the Canuk side of the pond do Yam R1 Rossi reps as well as the Ducks and M-VEES.How ever Us skinny old buggers ride carbon'd Buells Relatively quick AND able to pull a 5 furrow plow thanks to the h.d. grunt factor.
Having been in the bike trade when the O-Rijjinul H2 hit the road I am suprised in this age of lawyers and lawsuits ,Kaw had the balls to build it!Can't wait to see the Parts book prices for a low speed tip over on those carbon "Flying Nun" air foils.The million dollar supercar crowd
is going to need therapists and Low Self esteem counselling post haste!
A Guy needs 2. The piddling 200 hp model for the street and the 300 hp race model in The living room, bedroom,kitchen, where ever . as a rock solid retirement investment.of course It would need to be run up nightly so the seals stayed fresh and bearings not take a set.

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 03:10

To address a couple points raised:

Using a large capacity engine would not only weigh more but also be harder to package, a small capacity engine with forced induction provides the power whilst keeping things light.

"more power than a Motogp bike on steel brakes" granted, but MotoGP bikes use steel brakes in the wet, and I guarantee they'll be travelling faster and stopping a lot harder in the wet than any likely rider of this will be in the dry. Carbon brakes for your regular rider would spell catastrophe.

Good on the big K for not just rewriting the rule book, but eating it.

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 06:38

People throw around terms like "revolutionary" every day but this one truly is revolutionary.

Can't say there is anything I dislike. It's got wings for instance! Which 10 year old or for that matter 30, 40 or 50 year old wouldn't want this as a poster :-) !

The dials are simple yet futuristic, wheels look stunning. If the road going version is not too much over £20k then I will be queueing up to buy one.

Posted: 02/10/2014 at 11:36

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