There are, without a doubt, two clear front-runners this year with regards to new machines and technical innovations brought to the motorcycling community. It’s no secret that the new R1/M from Yamaha (which we will discuss in a later post), and Kawasaki’s new H2/R have made drastic statements about how much power can be squeezed between two wheels.
There is lots of information swirling about the new H2/R. Torque curves, dyno numbers, specifics on the new design, and what kind of crazy person decided that their 998cc Superbike-class ride needed a supercharger? This great article from Cycle World breaks down the essentials you’ll need to know for the next local bike night:
- The DOT approved, street legal H2 comes in at 210hp/98 ft/lb, while It’s track-only brother on steroids sets new precedents at 326hp and a reported 115 ft/lb of torque.
- With the H2 tipping the scales at 526 lb, shes a bit heavier than the former 1000cc class Kawi offering, but the R version drops 49 pounds.
- At an indicated speed of 203mph in testing with more revs to spare, you will run out of road before you run out of speed on this bike.
- Both bikes feature Kawasaki’s KTRC Traction Control system, featuring 9 levels of intervention, not including “off”. Both versions also offer Kawasaki’s versions of launch control, engine braking control, built-in quick shifter, ABS system, and an Ohlins electronic damper.
With the H2 starting at 25K and it’s track-star big bro breaking the bank at 50k, you can bet your dollar buys you loads of the most cutting-edge technology you can get. And the noise….well, let’s just say it’s music to the ears. Fortunately, Lean Angle got to check out this beast a bit this year at the DC International Motorcycle Show, so we have a few pics of our own to share.