Kawasaki have released official details of the 2019 H2 and it is set to become the lairiest, most outrageous road bike we’ve seen.
Introduced in 2015, this is the first major evolution for the supercharged behemoth and Kawasaki have worked hard to make it cleverer, stop faster and despite the power increase, not use any more fuel.
The boost in power is huge – up from 197bhp to 228bhp at the crank, it's the biggest single gain we’ve seen in the evolution of any bike.
Kawasaki aren’t revealing the full extent of the engineering changes yet, but with huge power gains on the current model available just by remapping the ECU, it’s obvious the base engine is capable of more power than it has been producing so far.
However, are there more to the tweaks than that. In a bid to aid rideability, Kawasaki say a number of parts crossover from the Kawasaki H2 SX sports tourer. The new bike boasts new plugs, a new ECU, a new air-filter and intake chamber.
There’s also new Brembo Stylema calipers, first seen this year on the Ducati Panigale V4. Lighter and more rigid than any other superbike caliper on the market, they offer class-leading power – which will be needed, as we suspect the bike won’t be any lighter than the genuine 260kg kerb weight of the previous model. It also boasts new Bridgestone RS11 tyres, while retaining the Öhlins TTX36 shock introduced in 2017.
The 2019 H2 has new instrument panel, too, inspired by the cluster on the H2 SX. For the first time it features a TFT dash, plus the smartphone connectivity allowing you to monitor battery condition, fuel level, service intervals and gives a riding log, too.
The ability to heal itself
Another new feature is the self-healing paint – the first we’ve seen on a production bike – which can remedy minor scratches itself. The technology has been seen in automotive applications before and uses a polymer that ‘melts’ imperfections smooth in hot sunlight, but Kawasaki’s version is claimed to be faster and more effective than ever before.
Prices and on-sale dates are yet to be announced, but as before, there will be a standard machine and a plusher Carbon model. With all the new tech, expect prices to be higher than the current £25,499 stocker or £27,999 Carbon.
"The visual impact and engineering prowess of the Ninja H2 will surely increase thanks to this major update," commented Kenji Nagahara, Managing Director of Kawasaki Motors Europe.
"This Supercharged machine is the physical embodiment of our corporate strength. The addition of more power, smart phone "Rideology" technology and other specification upgrades for 2019 shows that, as a company, we are constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible and delivering cutting edge motorcycles to the market."