Intermot: New Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon

Published: 04 October 2016

The H2 range gets a new Öhlins TTX shock to add a little more control (and bling) to the back end for 2017 – although the mounting point for the remote reservoir looks like it was designed in the dark. Kawasaki say it offers more support, a more supple ride quality, and improved high-speed stability – and if 22 clicks of rebound and compression adjustment aren’t enough for you, you’re deluded. Updated linkage ratios apparently also improve its track manners.

There’s now a ‘bank angle display’ on the dash, which will be both addictive and dangerous. It displays your real-time lean angle, and will note each ride’s maximum. How low can you go?

Hopefully preventing you getting dangerously out of control chasing the ultimate dangle angle is the addition of Bosch’s 6-axis IMU, which now unites all of the H2’s phenomenal electronic rider aids, and adds cornering ABS to the line-up, while the quickshifter is now also enabled as an autoblipper for coming seamlessly back down though the gearbox.

The engine remains unfettled for its second year of production, but the exhaust has had a few changes to get the H2 through Euro4. There’s a new collector layout, revised silencer internals, bigger catalysers and more precious metal inside them to extend their life. The Carbon name relates to the CFRP (carbon reinforced polymer) upper cowl that distinguishes it from the base model, and brings it a little closer to the H2R track version.

The Carbon also gets the same paint finish as the H2R, but with a matt finish. This is a limited edition of just 120 units, and each will carry its unique reference number on a plaque on the supercharger plate.

No word on price yet, but it’s likely to be set at a small premium over the standard H2, which retails at £22,000.