First Ride

First ride: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE review - page 2

First ride: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE review - page 2

Verdict

Verdict

Despite an all-round high-level of competence, the Ninja H2 SX’s jewel remains its super-charged engine, delivering ZZR power but with better fuel economy. The average fuel-consumption meter said 47.8mpg by the end of the road ride on day one, meaning a range of about 200 miles from the 19-litre-tank.

That’s the future of supercharging. Not just extreme power, and not ever-increasing engine capacities, but better performance and economy from the capacities we’ve got. That’s why the Ninja H2 SX is probably the most exciting new bike of the year.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE specifications

Model tested: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE

Price: from £18,099 (base model £15,099)

Engine: 998cc supercharged in-line-four

Power: 200hp @ 11,000rpm

Torque: 101lbft @ 9,500rpm

Kerb weight: 260kg (base model 256kg)

Frame: steel trellis

Brakes: four-piston monobloc radial-mounted front calipers on twin 320mm discs; two-piston rear caliper on 250mm disc.

Suspension: 43mm upside-down fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs. Uni-Track gas-charged shock with piggyback reservoir, compression damping, rebound damping, remote spring preload adjustability and top-out spring.

Tyres: Bridgestone S21s, front 120/70-17, rear 190/55-17

Tank capacity: 19 litres

Seat height: 835mm

Service intervals: first at 600 miles, every 7,600 miles thereafter

Colours: green/black (base model: grey)

Availability: late March 2018