News of the Kawasaki Ninja H2 got us giddy with excitement, but what else is in store?
Earlier this week we told you that Kawasaki will be unveiling its heavily-anticipated Ninja H2 at the start of next month at the INTERMOT show in Cologne. Yup, we can’t wait. The manufacturer was keeping tight-lipped about H2 for a long time, and now the second teaser video released on Wednesday has lead us to believe the H2 will boast a supercharged engine based around the 636cc lump currently used in the ZX-6R.
Well, the news of the H2 has got us all excited about upcoming releases, so we thought we’d take a look at what else is in store.
Fellow Japanese manufacturer Suzuki recently unveiled its new 2015 GSR250F, which is currently only on sale in Japan but will inevitably make its way to UK dealers. The bike’s design, which has certainly raised a few eyebrows, is heavily inspired by the GW250 on sale here in the UK, but with added fairing.
This bike is pretty weighty given its size, with the added fairing taking it up to 189kg. Aside from it being a little heavier, the spec is identical to the naked version: 24bhp and 16lbft of torque from the 248cc liquid-cooled, parallel twin.
The GSR250F certainly won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but it’s a pretty decent option if you’re after a cheap, small, no-thrills machine.
Honda GL1800 Gold Wing
Honda’s 2015 offerings will feature a special anniversary edition GL1800 Gold Wing (pictured), which turns 40 next year. The bike will have special 40th anniversary detailing and will be available in a choice of four colours: white, black, metallic silver and a brand new, two-tone red and black scheme which features a blacked-out chassis.
Harley-Davidson lower-seated Electra Glide Ultra Classic
Harley-Davidson’s Electra Glide Ultra classic will be made available in a lower-seated version from next year, the manufacturer has announced.
The seat height of the new ‘Ultra Limited Low’ will be 650mm which, according to the manufacturer, is the lowest seat height offered with a premium tourer. The decision to lower the seat was in response to customer feedback, which made them aware that some of their riders were as short as 5’5”. As well as lowering the seat height, Harley-Davidson has also lowered the suspension, fitted a new low-profile seat and have even reduced the diameter of the grips so people with more – erm – ‘stubby’ fingers can reach the levers.
Suzuki WSBK-rep GSX-R1000
If the GSR250F doesn’t tickle your fancy, this might: Suzuki is releasing 25 limited edition GSX-R1000s that will all feature a WSBK replica paint scheme. The bike will come with a price tag of £11,000, which is £1,000 more than the basic model. The bike’s paint job will be based on the bikes raced by Eugene Laverty and Alex Lowes during the WSBK championship, and will feature seat cowls signed by the pair.
2016 Midual Type 1
French firm Midual has unveiled a prototype of its fantastic-looking Type 1 roadster – which is perfect if you’ve got £111,000 lying around. Designer Olivier Midy first unveiled the concept back in 1999, and now the firm plans for the bike to go into limited production by 2016.
The Type 1’s rare 1,036cc longitudinally mounted boxer-twin engine will be capable of producing 106bhp and 74lbft and will sit behind the bike’s bespoke frame. The bike will be available in 25 colours, and only 35 will be sold in Europe.