First, Kawasaki supercharged the world’s fastest sports bike, then brought us a slightly calmer version for the road with the H2, now they’re adapting that technology to the new, supercharged, 207bhp Ninja H2 SX sports tourer.
It’s a supercharged Ninja with room for a pillion. It even comes with a centrestand!
Based on the 998cc H2 Ninja, the SX looks like a natural successor to big horsepower models like the Honda Super Blackbird, Suzuki Hayabusa and Kawasaki’s own ZZR1400.
Two versions of the bike are available, with the SE version adding spec such as full colour TFT instruments, adaptive headlights, heated grips and a larger screen.
A number of changes have been made to the engine to make it more suitable for the characteristics needed for a two-up tourer. The cylinder head has been redesigned and the pistons, camshafts, throttle bodies and supercharger are all different to the items used on the H2 Njnja.
Kawasaki say the forced induction motor delivers better fuel economy than the naturally aspirated unit in the Z1000SX, which remains in the range.
In many ways, this bike gives a glimpse into the near future, with supercharged and turbocharged technology likely to come along and give motorcycles not only a higher specific power output, but also better fuel economy and lower exhaust emissions, mirroring a trend which has been seen in the car world.
Being a sports tourer, the H2’s frame has been modified to allow the carrying of a passenger and luggage. The company says that the H2 SX can carry a combined 195kg payload, with the longer wheelbase and more relaxed steering angle designed to ensure stability at high speeds, particularly when two-up and laden with panniers. No details on the weight have been released for the final production model, yet.
Kawasaki will showcase the bike at Motorcycle Live in Birmingham later this month, when further details on the price and availability dates are likely to be confirmed, although a quick word with Kawasaki revealed that the price should be in the region of £18,000 to £20,000.