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5 Amazing Tech on the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and H2R

The Kawasaki Ninja H2 has been turning heads and raising eyebrows since its debut. With 200 hp and a supercharger to boot, the Ninja H2 is a machine that has revolutionized the current motorcycle industry. Kawasaki went a step ahead and created the H2R, a 300 hp potent beast, and is the highest –horsepower motorcycle ever manufactured, beating out Kawasaki’s own ZX-14R. The H2R is a track only machine, and boasts of certain features that make it stand apart from the road legal Ninja H2, and from every other motorcycle in the world. Here are five amazing features on the Kawasaki Ninja H2/H2R that make the bike one of a kind.


Supercharger on Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2R

To achieve the prodigious power output of 200 hp (300 hp on the H2R), Kawasaki designed and developed a centrifugal super charger for the H2/H2R. The biggest advantage of this design is the amount of heat that is generated is lesser than other designs (such as the twin-screw-type designs). The centrifugal supercharger “naturally” generates pressure by accelerating the airflow and then slowing it down due to the internal design of the compressor.

The lack of an intercooler is the highlight. As the centrifugal supercharger generates less heat in the intake charge, there is a reduced need to cool the intake before it enters the combustion chamber. Cooling is achieved by an increased amount of engine oil (4.9L / 1.294 Gal) which is much higher than the conventional superbike requirement. The Ninja H2/H2R is no ordinary superbike, it’s an hyper bike with hyper design features.

Trellis Frame on H2 / H2R

Kawasaki uses a steel trellis frame rather than the conventional aluminum twin-spar chassis. The advantage of the trellis frame on the H2/H2R is that it requires minimal space, and can house the 998cc inline -4 engine that requires a bit more space. A single-sided swingarm is another first for Kawasaki.

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About Suhas S

Motorcyclist, Traveler, Aerospace Engineer and your friendly neighborhood Batman. Suhas has been meandering on two wheels since 2008. His love for automobiles, aeroplanes and his passion for travel has brought him here. He's a RC plane hobbyist currently building a Supermarine Spitfire and the Associate Editor at TheMotorLife

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