Launched in 2015, Kawasaki’s Ninja H2 was like something from outer space, with alien looks, a cartoon exhaust, chirping supercharger and the kind of straight-line performance that blew the doors of any superbike it came up against. We loved how it stuck two fingers up at the establishment and awarded it MCN’s 2015 Bike of the Year.
Updated in 2017 with revised mapping and an Öhlins rear shock, Kawasaki aims to breathe new life into the 2019 Ninja H2 with more power, beefier brakes, grippier tyres, an uprated colour dash and ‘self-healing’ paint.
Kawasaki’s claim of more power might not show up on our dyno, but it hardly matters with an engine already overflowing with supersonic levels of addictive power and grunt.
The unrivalled savagery in which the H2 accelerates never gets old, but its supercharged power delivery is still deliciously smooth and thanks to its excellent electronics, accessible, too. Low rpm throttle response is still too sensitive and the seat is as uncomfortable as hell after a few hours, but improved braking power, extra grip and a classier dash transforms the H2 from expensive drag racer into a well-rounded and impressively refined sportsbike.
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