If Tron had to ride a practical everyday super bike it would be this. If Robocop had to get his chase motorcycle from what’s available today it would be this, only it would probably make him look more badass than the bad guys he trolls.
We are talking about the wickedest of all Ninjas out there from the Kawasaki stable – the Ninja H2. It was not only one of the most anticipated motorcycles of 2014 when it was first showcased at INTERMOT ’14 but it was in some ways the next visible progression in the evolution of the motorcycles as we know, for some of us petrol-heads, as important as the next step in evolution of mankind.
There’s more, you know that a motorcycle is very important for the company who makes it when they decide to name it after the first ever motorcycle which was an international success to them due to its power and speed – the Kawasaki H1 in 1969 with 60 Bhp out of a 500cc 2-stroke driving 184 kg wet to a healthy 185 kmph.
Not only this but KHI (Kawasaki Heavy Industries) actually employed its resources from across its other heavyweight divisions (motorcycles is but a ‘relatively’ small business for them) in creating this motorcycle.
We imagine a discussion of this sort going on in between department heads only a few years ago like:
Motorcycle Division: Konnichiwa. Hey we need something different in the motorcycles, can we borrow someone from other divisions for a little while?
Kawasaki Chief: Ok. I can spare someone from my aerospace and turbines division. Maybe a few hours from the aircraft division as well. And we might have some special paint left from our aircrafts division, you can use that.
Just make sure you have our main Kawasaki River logo on the front of the bike.
And one more thing, make it fast. And wait; add something different, maybe a supercharger.
Motorcycle Division: Noted San. Arigatou!
It has a supercharger without an inter cooler. It has a paint to job (actual layer of silver over base black coat!) to die for. It also features a heat dissipating super alloy called ‘Iconel’ while using 35% more engine oil than standard super bikes to keep things cool. It looks different enough to evoke a response from everyone regardless of whether they love it or not. And Kawasaki hit the right note when they made it that just exclusive and difficult to get – you need to order online and they are released in limited batches.
With 998cc and 210 Bhp it flies like a rocket, albeit with a sweeter soundtrack courtesy the supercharger. And you can’t just buy it off even if you have the money considering it is made in limited release batches and one has to order it online, including the dealers. The bike also doesn’t really fall in the ultra-compact superbike category of today, or the larger hyperbike category of the ZX14s and the Hayabusas, it’s somewhere in the middle, in fact there is nothing else quite like it. So if you want to have something exclusive yet reliable and insanely fast – go for this!
Damn! Damn! Even if I were a real Ninja I would think twice before riding this, it’s insanely conspicuous on the road. Attention guaranteed!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank Mr. Vikram for giving us a chance to ride his Kawasaki Ninja H2.