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The Kawasaki Ninja H2R is very subtly tweaked on the outside for the same 314 hp of supercharged power
The Kawasaki Ninja H2R is very subtly tweaked on the outside for the same 314 hp of supercharged power

Kawasaki has just renewed the most spectacular and aggressive model in its range. We talk about the Kawasaki Ninja H2R, a motorcycle suitable only for a circuit that has a compressor and is capable of developing more than 300 HP of power.

This new edition hardly changes compared to the 2020 edition, however it has new appendices a little more elongated that better protect the rider aerodynamically and that serve to stick the front wheel to the ground at high speeds.

Kawasaki Ninja H2R: ready to devour the circuits

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Kawasaki decided to create the most powerful and radical motorcycle in its range in 2015 with the Kawasaki Ninja H2. A motorcycle that became an icon of speed as the Suzuki Hayabusa was in its day, with capital benefits thanks to its 200 hp of power and 133 Nm of torque.

However, its track-approved sister, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R, went one step further, unleashing its full potential on the track without compromise. Well, after various evolutions over the years, the brand has confirmed to us that this latest model will continue to be with us at least until 2023.

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Visually, it has always attracted attention but for the new year, its improvements have focused on including more elongated aerodynamic appendages that give it extra security at high speeds. These appendages are made of carbon fiber and they create quite an intimidating unique image. However, these appendages have a reason for being and that is to create a huge downforce that can keep the front tire glued to the track.

Meanwhile, the pilot enjoys a ergonomic driving position developed in the wind tunnel and aided by a seat with forward and backward adjustable side support pads. Aesthetically, there are no new graphics or color highlights on the Ninja H2R.

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Mechanically there are no changes either. It still has the 999cc compressor supercharged four-cylinder engine that develops a power of 310 hp at 14,000 rpm and a maximum torque of 165 Nm at 12,500 rpm. Figures with which it has managed to break the 400 km / h barrier in the past. The exhaust also remains the same, continuing the stylized image of the set.

At the cycle level, it has a multitubular chassis designed to withstand the enormous forces it generates and, in turn, offer adequate flex for its riding. In the construction of this chassis, tubes of different widths and thicknesses are used, all of them calculated by means of a exclusive computer simulation of the brand, which refines the tension and resistance characteristics to the maximum.

Kawasaki Ninja H2R
Kawasaki Ninja H2R

The cycle part is finished off with a single-sided swingarm supported by an Öhlins TTX36 rear suspension, while Brembo provides the necessary stopping power through its monobloc calipers at the front. How could it be otherwise, it has a hydraulic assisted and anti-bounce clutch and a range of electronic aids managed by the Bosch IMU, such as the curve management function and traction control, which guarantee extreme sensations on a circuit but always safely.

Of course, all this technology and innovation have a price and it amounts to exactly up to the 55,000 euros. An amount not suitable for all audiences.

In the press release of this Kawasaki H2R no mention is made of its relative homologated for driving on the road, the Kawasaki H2. As the H2R is a track model, it is not affected by Euro5 regulations, but the H2 is, so we asked Kawasaki about this.

From Kawasaki Spain they tell us that "we cannot confirm or deny anything. They have not told us what will happen to the Ninja H2." If the Kawasaki H2 does not fit the Euro5 you will have to stop selling this year.

Kawasaki Ninja H2R 2022 - Technical sheet

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