Kawasaki unveiled its much-hyped hyperbike at the Tokyo Motor Show today, bringing forced induction to the world of naked bikes.
The Kawasaki Z H2 is powered by a 998 cc supercharged inline four, with claimed output of 200 hp and 101 lb-ft of torque. The Z H2 has a steel tube trellis frame with double-sided swingarm, unlike the single-sided setup of the earlier H2 models.
The Z H2 has Showa’s SFF-BP forks (separate function, with a big piston setup). The shock is also Showa, but there hasn’t been any hype about it, so it’s possible it’s a bit more pedestrian, to keep price down. Same goes for the Brembo brakes.
Kawasaki hasn’t officially confirmed the bike’s weight. Asphalt & Rubber says the Kawasaki Z H2 weighs 239 kg; reports online generally agree it’s in the ballpark of the Ninja H2 model.
With great power comes great need for electronic safety features, and the Z H2 is equipped with a complete package of techno-wizardry. As you’d expect, traction control, selectable riding modes and cornering ABS are all standard. Kawasaki also included a slipper clutch and up/down quickshifter. There’s also some sort of connectivity to the Rideology app. Naturally, there’s a TFT dash, and all-round LED lighting.
The Z H2 is supposed to come in three colours (black/grey combos), although there’s no guarantee all three paint schemes will come to Canada.
Pricing hasn’t been mentioned yet, or Canadian availability. Chances are this machine will come in at a price that’s less silly than previous H2 models. Kawasaki clearly wants to position this as part of the Z lineup, not the halo H2 line. It’s not going to be a cheap budget bike, but it may be a little more affordable.
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