Monday, September 8


KAWASAKI has finally unveiled its new supercharged motorcycle.  It has been drip-feeding tiny tidbits of information onto the internet in the form of audio and video clips about a model code-named Ninja H2, with the sub-title: Built Beyond Belief.

The latest video -  Vol. 10 Ninja H2R - Built Beyond Belief   carries the sub-title: Born of the collective efforts of the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Group and highlights the features of the limited production, track only version of the bike, called Ninja H2R.

Here (below) a shot of the nose of the new bike, complete with aerodynamic aids that the late Dr Roger Freeth would have been proud of.
The supercharged Ninja H2R is blessed with aerodynamic aids, according to this image.

The first video was entitled: Ninja H2: Vol.1  Making dreams come true.  It may be viewed here. Basically it is a primer for the unveiling of the new bike on September 30 at INTERMOT in Cologne, Germany.

Two days later it was followed by Ninja H2: Vol.2 Mysterious Sound.  Listen to it here  Does that sound like a supercharger blow-off valve kicking in? 

Then on September 5 Kawasaki released Ninja H2: Vol.3 136 Years of Technological Prowess. 

Basically it is using the excitement surrounding the mystery bike to underline the fact that Kawasaki is much, much more than a motorcycle manufacturer. 

The presentation shows images of submarines, steam locomotives, World War I era biplanes, a 1920s open-top four door car, a 1932 helicopter, the takeover of Meguro, the development of the Mach III (or H1), Unimate robots (built under licence to Unimation USA), the 1972 Z1 (the Superbike of the 1970s), the first Jet-Ski, and the first tunnel boring machine.  The presentation then shows off the 1983 GPz900R, the early 1990s' Ninjas, the 1995 Mule UTV side-by-side, Sebastien Tortelli winning the World 125 Motocross Championship and  the launch of the Touju Lily -  the tenth state-of-the-art bulk carrier with a capacity of 58,000 DWT to be developed by Kawasaki. 

This is followed by an image of a twin engined wide-body jet to highlight Kawasaki's role in the joint international development and production of large passenger aircraft.  (It was involved in joint development and production of the Boeing 767 and Boeing 777 with the Boeing Company).  Then there's the Kawasaki P-1 maritime surveillance aircraft, a tunnel-boring machine, Kawasaki industrial robots at work, a turbo-fan engine being built, and the latest Kawasaki Bullet Train.

You may view it here

Kawasaki's only previous series production motorcycle with forced induction was the 750 Turbo released in 1983 and in production until 1985.  
The Kawasaki 750 turbo was basically a modified version of the GPz750.
Just what the road-going Ninja H2 will turn out to be has been the subject of endless speculation on the internet, with many commentators pointing to the fact Kawasaki filed patents for a supercharged motorcycle in October 2010 then three years later revealed a supercharged four cylinder motorcycle engine at the Tokyo Show in November 2013 - after letting the news out a month ahead of the show.

The supercharged engine Kawasaki showed off at the Tokyo Show in late November 2013.

Kawasaki's 1500cc supercharged four cylinder Jet SKi motor.
Kawasaki has recent experience in forced aspiration: it makes the most powerful engine in the personal watercraft world in the form of the 1500cc supercharged Ultra 310R which pumps out 310 bhp.

Whatever the Ninja H2 turns out to be, it seems pretty clear it is going to make a mark on the motorcycle world in the same way the 750cc two-stroke Mack IV triple did back in 1972.

Kawasaki Australia has a Ninja H2R in its workshop...

Listen to the Managing Director of Kawasaki Motors Australia hit the button for the first time on the #Ninja #H2R in the workshop at Kawasaki Head Office. Filmed on a phone so you can hear it fire up for the first time too!

On Saturday 11th October members of Kawasaki Team Green Australia are invited to come to Kawasaki Head Office to preview the Ninja H2R.  You must register for a ticket to attend.
Follow the link at the end of the video to sign-up.