The wizards at Kawasaki take Milan very seriously, no wonder they chose EICMA to unveil their new flagship, Ninja H2, the mellowed down road going version of the monstrous 300PS track only H2R.
Powering the H2 is the same supercharged 998 cc in line, 4 cylinder, liquid cooled engine found in the maniac H2R. This time though, it produces a much tamer 200 PS of power at 11,000 rpm and 133.5 Nm of torque at 10,500 rpm. Another version with RAM air intakes is also available which churns out a maximum power output of 210 PS at 11,000 rpm.
The body design of the motorcycle has also been toned down a few notches to not rupture your skin by merely thinking about it. The exhaust with vertically stacked twin canisters have also found home in the H2.
We do not really know what has Kawasaki slashed from the 310PS H2R that this road going version produces a full 110PS less.
The company has added a six speed dog ring transmission which has so far been seen only in racing motorcycles and prototypes. In this the use of the clutch in the conventional manner is greatly reduced. The gear shifts are done quicker and involve a quick throttle blip or only a slight clutch depression to achieve the required momentary break in engine load. The weight has been pegged at 238 kg wet.
Carrying the legendary Kawasaki river mark, the H2 will be available in 2015 only in a limited number. Bookings are already underway.