New Model Press Release BUILT BEYOND BELIEF

New Model Press Release BUILT BEYOND BELIEF
New Model Press Release
November 13, 2016
2017 KAWASAKI NINJA H2™ R, Ninja H2™ Carbon and
The Kawasaki Ninja H2™ R hypersport
motorcycle once again returns as a class leader
and one of the most sought-after motorcycle on
the planet. The subject of multiple awards from
US leading publications, a current fixture in
museums such as Barber Vintage Motorsports
Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, and drawing
contagious attraction in all videos in which it is
featured, the supercharged Kawasaki superbike
continuously proves that it is the people’s choice
in the two-wheeled motorcycle world.
Kawasaki set out to create a factory-built
motorcycle, where Kawasaki engineers were
able to pursue unadulterated performance
without the limitations of street or racing homologation. The first four-stroke, supercharged motorcycle
from a major manufacturer, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R produces once unheard of power for a factory-built
motorcycle. It’s truly Built Beyond Belief.
In order to create a version that was not only street legal, but also street capable, the Kawasaki Ninja
H2 sportbike was born, using engineering shared from the Ninja H2R. The Ninja H2 was developed
using the technology from the Ninja H2R model, but worked within the street-legal and street-capable
parameters, creating a motorcycle that’s also Built Beyond Belief.
This incredible duo shares many of the technologically advanced components, including the 998cc
inline four-cylinder engine, proprietary supercharger, trellis frame, compact superbike dimensions,
aerodynamic bodywork, single-sided swingarm, powerful Brembo® brakes and much more. For the
2017 model year, Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) will be offering another order period for
customers who are anxious to own one of these exclusive machines.
Adding to the amazing pair of motorcycle is the new 2017 Ninja H2 Carbon, a special, limited edition
model that features a beautiful carbon-fiber front body work and special insignia.
Highlights of the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2R, Ninja H2 Carbon and Ninja H2 sportbikes:
 NEW Bosch compact Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) allows for additional
feedback and layer of precision for management control
 NEW Multi-mode traction
 Launch control, engine
braking control, ABS and a
quick shifter
 NEW Instrument features
include bank angle display
and max bank angle
recording function
 NEW Kawasaki Intelligent
Anti-lock Brake System
(KIBS) corner braking
control, with feedback from
IMU, increases cornering
 NEW Contactless-type quick shifter that now allows for quicker shifts for
seamless acceleration and quick and easy deceleration (downshifting capability
new for 2017)
 NEW Öhlins® TTX fully adjustable, concentric twin tube design rear shock
 NEW Remote preload adjuster simplifies adjustment without tools for rider
 NEW Updated rear shock linkage ratios contribute to firmer, more stable feeling
 330mm front discs with four-piston Brembo monobloc calipers
 NEW Aerodynamic Brembo brake and clutch levers are shorter with rounded
 NEW High-quality emblem adds racy and edgy look to the upper cowl
 998cc four-cylinder engine fitted with a special designed Kawasaki supercharger
for intense acceleration
 Supercharger uses planetary gears, spins at up to 130,000 rpm and develops up
to 20.5 psi boost pressure
 MotoGP™-style dog-ring transmission allows fast shifting and works with
standard quick shifter
 Bodywork developed with Kawasaki Aerospace Company to generate downforce
 Iconic Kawasaki River Mark used to indicate combined Kawasaki Group
 Trellis frame used for first time on a Kawasaki motorcycle to provide strength,
controlled flex and air circulation
 Single-sided swingarm used for first time by Kawasaki and mounted to the
 Assist & Slipper clutch function gives lighter clutch operation and overcomes
wheel hop on downshifts
Ninja H2 is fully street-legal, Ninja H2R is designed for closed-circuit use on the racetrack. The 2017
Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R sportbikes receives a new Ohlins TTX shock, a quick shifter that
allows for quick auto-blip down shifts and the Bosch 5-axis IMU. Thanks to the Kawasaki proprietary
software that works with the IMU, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R feature a six axis of
measurement creating the most advanced electronics package. The stylish appearance of the standard
Ninja H2 is available in Mirror Coated Spark Black.
2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon edition
NEW Highly rigid, lightweight CFRP (carbon-fiber reinforcement polymer)
upper cowl
NEW Silver-mirror paint featuring a matte element
NEW Each of the 120 limited edition models are individually numbered and
feature a serial number stamped into the supercharger plate (Carbon model)
Kawasaki introduces the 2017 Ninja H2 Carbon motorcycle, a limited edition, limited production Ninja
H2 model with special features. As one of only 120 units produced worldwide, each Ninja H2 Carbon is
individually numbered and features a serial number stamped into the supercharger plate on the right
side of the engine.
Further enhancing its classy look and high quality, the
Ninja H2 Carbon features a beautifully constructed carbon
fiber upper cowl. This front section of the motorcycle is
built in highly rigid, lightweight CFRP (carbon-fiber
reinforced polymer). The upper cowl instantly distinguishes
the Limited Edition from the standard Ninja H2. Creating
an image similar to that of the Ninja H2R, the carbon-fiber
piece gives the Ninja H2 Carbon enhanced presence.
Further distinguishing the Ninja H2 Carbon model is a new
variation of Kawasaki’s silver-mirror paint featuring a matte
element. The new paint is the same as on the closedcourse Ninja H2R model.
With the addition of the new Ninja H2 Carbon, and the new components of the Ninja H2R and Ninja H2,
these three supercharged sportbikes remain the most exciting motorcycles available, and their limited
availability ensures exclusivity for their owners.
The Ninja H2 Carbon is a beautiful piece of machinery and to set it even further apart from the pack, it
features Mirror Coated Matte Spark Black paint, further aiding in the unique design.
Bosch 5-axis IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit):
NEW Bosch 5-axis IMU
NEW Kawasaki proprietary software allows for a sixth axis of measurement
NEW Kawasaki Cornering Management Function
NEW Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS)
The use of Bosch’s compact IMU is new for 2017 and allows an additional layer of precision to be
added to the already high-level components. The system uses minimal hardware but complex
Kawasaki proprietary software. IMU enables inertia along 6 DOF (degrees of freedom) to be monitored.
Acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes, plus toll rate and pitch rate are measured.
The sixth axis, Yaw rate, is calculated by the ECU using Kawasaki original proprietary software
developed through World Superbike racing experience. Additional feedback from the IMU gives an
even clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation, and is uniquely predictive as it combines chassis
orientation information with real time monitoring of the rider’s intentions to enable the control systems to
maximize forward acceleration, right up to (but not over) the limit.
NEW 9 mode KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control)
The KTRC system used on the Ninja H2 and H2R sportbikes combines the best elements of earlier
Kawasaki TRaction Control Systems. Multi-level modes offer riders a greater number of settings to
choose from, with each mode providing a different level of intrusion to suit riding conditions and rider
preference. And all modes are designed to manage output if wheel slip occurs. The system offers both
enhanced sport riding performance and the peace of mind to negotiate surfaces with confidence.
Riders can choose from nine modes, each offering a progressively greater level of intrusion (previous
years offered 3 rider modes). Riders may also elect to turn the system off.
Modes 1-6 are tailored for circuit riding, while Mode 7-9 settings were optimized for street-like
conditions. The KTRC system combines the logic and control of Kawasaki’s earlier traction control
systems (S-KTRC, KTRC) in each mode. Primary operation is similar to S-KTRC, which prioritizes
maximum forward acceleration. But should excessive rear wheel speed be detected while operating in
any mode, engine output is reduced to a level where grip can be regained, facilitating smooth riding.
Highly sophisticated programming allows a degree of slip—a certain amount of slip is required to
maximize acceleration. The ideal slip ratio varies according to conditions, so the system looks at a
number of parameters to get an accurate real-time picture of what is going on: front and rear wheel
speed (slippage) and various engine, machine and rider input parameters are monitored.
Because the sophisticated software bases its dynamic analysis on the chassis’ orientation relative to
the track surface (rather than relative to a horizontal plane), it is able to take into account corner
camber, gradient, etc., and adapt accordingly. It also automatically adjusts for tire wear, different tire
profiles, high-grip tires, and numerous other factors that setting-type systems treat as fixed parameters.
Using complex analysis, the system is able to adjust for unfavorable traction conditions. By acting
before slippage exceeds the range for optimum traction, drops in power can be minimized, resulting in
ultra-smooth operation.
Designed to assist the rider by optimizing acceleration from a stop, KLCM electronically controls engine
output to prevent wheelspin and control wheel lift
when launching. Riders can choose from three
modes, each offering a progressively greater level
intrusion. Each mode allows the rider to launch
from a stop with the throttle held wide open.
Kawasaki’s supersport-style ABS is standard
equipment on the Ninja H2 and H2R motorcycles.
This is based on the same system used on the
Ninja® ZX™-10R sportbike, with programming and
settings revised to suit the performance
parameters of the Ninja H2 and H2R. High-precision brake pressure control enables the system to
avoid reduced brake performance due to excessive pressure drops, allows lever feel to be maintained
when KIBS is active, and helps ensure ABS pulses feel smooth (not heavy).
Ninja H2R and Ninja H2 were the first Kawasaki motorcycles to be fitted with a standard quick shifter.
Complementing the engine’s strong power and the dog-ring transmission, a contactless-type quick
shifter enables rapid upshifts for seamless acceleration.
A great deal of work was done to ensure the engines in both the Ninja H2R and Ninja H2 cope with the
supercharger application. The combustion chamber design, for example, is complemented by durable
flat piston crowns. The shape was inspired by the pistons used in the Green® Gas Engine developed by
Kawasaki’s Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, contributing to the engine’s anti-knock performance.
The Ninja H2R and Ninja H2 were the first motorcycles to include a knock sensor, for increased
protection of the engine in extreme conditions. The intake valves are stainless steel, while the exhaust
valves are formed from two materials – Inconel and heatresistant steel – that are friction-welded at the center. This
design is able to withstand the high exhaust temperatures
produced under hard acceleration.
The supercharger was designed in-house by several
companies within Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd., thus
allowing the opportunity to perfectly match the engine
characteristics of the Ninja H2 and H2R. The
supercharger’s high efficiency and minimal heat gain
meant an intercooler was unnecessary, allowing savings in
both weight and space. The supercharger is located
centrally, behind the cylinder bank, in the best position to
evenly distribute the compressed air to all four cylinders.
The supercharger is driven by a planetary gear train, which
runs off the crankshaft. The gear train increases the
impeller speed up to 9.2x the crank speed (1.15x step gear
with an 8x planetary gear). This means at a maximum
engine speed of approximately 14,000 rpm, the impeller
shaft is spinning at almost 130,000 rpm.
To facilitate smooth, quick shifting, a dog-ring-type
transmission was selected. This is similar to the kind commonly found in MotoGP™ racing vehicles and
was developed with the Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT). The dog-rings are lighter than conventional
transmission gears, this type of transmission offers significantly lighter shift effort, facilitating quicker
A high-quality clutch with assist and slipper function that can be found in the Ninja H2’s transmission.
The clutch results in a 40% lighter pull and stronger clamping force during clutch engagement. The
previous Brembo parts are used for both the clutch lever’s radial-pump master cylinder and clutch
release mechanism, giving superb linearity and smooth actuation. Additionally, the back-torque limiting
Slipper function of the clutch contributes to stability by helping to prevent wheel hop during aggressive
A trellis frame for the Ninja H2R and Ninja H2 motorcycles offers an elegant, lightweight solution to
meet the performance requirements of the street version Ninja H2 and closed-course Ninja H2R. Able
to harness the power of the engine, it has a balance of stiffness and flexibility that contributes to
performance while being able to handle external disturbances at high speed. Its open design also helps
to dissipate heat generated by the supercharged engine.
The Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R feature the first Kawasaki production single-sided swingarm. Having a
single-sided swingarm allows the exhaust pipe to be mounted closer to the bike’s centerline, providing
a high bank angle for sporty cornering.
The KYB AOS-II (Air-Oil-Separate) 43mm front fork on these innovative motorcycles is designed for low
friction, with a smooth initial action followed by strong damping at the end of the stroke.
A fully adjustable Öhlins TTX rear suspension offers superb stability, which contributes to enhanced
cornering performance. TTX shock features a patented concept with a unique concentric twin tube
design. Also contributing to the shocks minimal friction loss, the 36mm main piston, inner and outer
cylinders are all made from lightweight, highly rigid aluminium alloy. The top of the rear shock mounts
to the swingarm mounting plate, doing away with the need for frame cross members.
The bottom of the rear shock is mounted via a Uni-Trak® linkage that offers excellent feedback for rear
tire grip and has updated ratios for 2017. The linkage, situated below the swingarm, also mounts to the
swingarm mounting plate.
Given the high-speed potential of the Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R sportbikes, the brakes were carefully
chosen. A front Brembo radial-pump master cylinder and reservoir receive extra examination and
adjustment before being shipped to Kawasaki.
A pair of massive 330mm Brembo semi-floating front discs, with a thickness of 5.5mm, deliver excellent
braking force. Dual radial-mount Brembo M50 cast monobloc calipers grip the front discs. The rigid,
opposed four-piston calipers with 30mm pistons contribute to the braking power of the Ninja H2 and
Ninja H2R.
A large 250mm disc generates strong braking force at the rear as well.
Unlike a mechanical steering damper – in which the settings, once fixed, must cover all riding
conditions and speeds – the damping characteristics are changed electronically, according to vehicle
speed and the degree of acceleration or deceleration.
At low speeds, the settings were chosen so that damping does not interfere with the bike’s intrinsic
lightweight handling. At high speeds, damping increases to provide enhanced stability. Kawasaki’s
electronic steering damper was developed in conjunction with Öhlins, one of the most popular and
respected steering damper manufacturers. The electronic steering damper provides just the right
amount of damping based on what the bike is doing. Using input from the rear wheel speed sensor
(provided via the engine ECU), the electronic steering damper’s ECU determines the vehicle speed as
well as the degree the bike is accelerating or decelerating.
Wanting to ensure a bold design worthy of a model that carries both the “Ninja” and “H2” names, the
prime styling concept for the Ninja H2R sportbike was an “Intense Force” design.
As a flagship for the Kawasaki brand, it needed to have presence, and styling that reflects its incredible
performance. But the design is much more than cosmetic. While its edgy styling certainly looks the part,
the Ninja H2R and Ninja H2 also possess a functional beauty: each piece of the bodywork was
aerodynamically sculpted to enhance high-speed stability; the cowling design also maximizes cooling
performance and heat dissipation, aiding the engine’s incredible output; and the ram air duct is ideally
positioned to bring air to the supercharger.
More than any Kawasaki motorcycle to date, the Ninja H2R and Ninja H2 showcase craftsmanship,
build quality and superb fit and finish – right down to the revised, high-tech silver-mirror paint specially
developed for these models.
It is no accident that when viewed from the side, the Ninja H2R and Ninja H2 motorcycles do not have
the aggressive forward-leaning rake of most modern supersport motorcycles. While supersport bikes
use their front-leaning attitude to aid quick steering, at the speeds for which the closed-course Ninja
H2R motorcycle was designed, such a posture would create drag, which would hinder top speed
The Ninja H2R front cowl is formed from lightweight carbon fiber and is designed to afford wind
protection at ultra-high speed, with its tall screen designed to help create a wind-free pocket for the
rider. Compact side cowls and under cowls were designed to assist with engine heat dissipation. The
rear cowl has an extremely compact three-piece design. The center portion is taller, creating an
aerodynamic form that helps smooth airflow as it passes the rider. Wind is also able to pass between
the center and side pieces, further reducing air resistance.
The Ninja H2 motorcycle uses similar bodywork, although it is not made from carbon fiber. Mindful of its
street use, it is equipped with a front headlight, mirrors and turn signals. It is also finished in a revised
silver-mirror paint giving a high-quality metallic-style appearance.
The Ninja H2R motorcycle features a number of aerodynamic devices to help ensure the front wheel
has strong contact with the ground and to contribute towards the motorcycle’s high-speed performance.
The design of the upper cowl incorporates a chin spoiler. Rather than being a cosmetic flourish, it
produces downforce that contributes to high-speed performance. Likewise, the Ninja H2R motorcycle
features carbon fiber wings mounted on the upper cowl in place of the mirrors. Additional two-blade
wings appear on the side cowls featuring winglets and further add to the downforce generated by the
chin spoiler and upper wings.
The advanced, high-tech design of the
instrumentation conveys the image of piloting a
fighter jet. Handlebar control switches put all mode
selection and display options at the rider’s
fingertips. The new instrumentation design
combines a full digital LCD screen with an analogstyle tachometer. The LCD screen uses a black /
white reverse display (white characters on a black
background), contributing to the high-quality
image. In addition to the digital speedometer and
gear position indicator, display functions include:
odometer, dual trip meters, current mileage,
average mileage, fuel consumption, coolant temperature, boost indicator, boost (intake air chamber)
temperature, stopwatch (lap timer), clock and the Economical Riding Indicator. New for 2017, bank
angle display and max bank angle recording function have been added to the instrument features,
thanks to the addition of the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).
The Ninja H2 sportbike is equipped with all the lights needed for street-legal operation. And with the
exception of the bulb illuminating the license plate, all lighting equipment on the Ninja H2 uses LEDs.
The Ninja H2R has no headlight or indicator but does have a rear brake light.
Unlike a regular mass-production model, the high-precision production of the Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R
sportbikes requires greater hands-on participation by skilled craftsmen. So each step, from
metalworking, treatment, welding and painting to assembly, fine-tuning and inspection is carefully
attended to in order to create a product of superior quality. Within the Kawasaki Akashi Factory in
Japan, production takes place in an area dedicated exclusively to the Ninja H2R motorcycle.
Kawasaki Genuine Accessories features new items for the 2017 Ninja H2R, Ninja H2 and the Ninja H2
Carbon. For instance, the Kawasaki ERGO-FIT™ clip-on handlebars feature tailored components,
check with your local dealer for details. These new handlebars allow riders to comfortably position
themselves while putting the Kawasaki power to the ground, reducing rider fatigue on longer journeys,
as well as providing assistance in precisely tracing intended lines through corners. The carbon-fiber
upper cowl of the Limited Edition model is also available as an accessory piece and may also be retrofit
to 2015-2016 Ninja H2 models. Pricing Available 11/10/2016
The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2R and H2 are limited release, production motorcycles. Reservations for
the 2017 Ninja H2R will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis through KMC’s Customer Order
Program by placing a deposit with an authorized dealer. A very limited number of 2017 Ninja H2R,
Ninja H2 and Ninja H2 Carbon (only 120 will be built worldwide) units will be available in the U.S.
market through dealers. Please contact your dealer for availability. Ordering period begins November
10th, 2016. For a full spec sheet on the 2017 Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R, visit One
order per customer.
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Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) started full-scale production of motorcycles over a half century
ago. The first Kawasaki motorcycle engine was designed based on technical know-how garnered from
the development and production of aircraft engines, and Kawasaki’s entry into the motorcycle industry
was driven by the company’s constant effort to develop new technologies. Numerous new Kawasaki
models introduced over the years have helped shape the market, and in the process have created
enduring legends based on their unique engineering, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future,
Kawasaki's commitment to maintaining and furthering these strengths will surely give birth to new
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (KMC) markets and distributes Kawasaki motorcycles, ATVs, side x
sides, and Jet Ski® watercraft through a network of almost 1,100 independent retailers, with close to an
additional 7,400 retailers specializing in general purpose engines. KMC and its affiliates employ nearly
3,100 people in the United States, with approximately 260 of them located at KMC's Foothill Ranch,
California headquarters.
Kawasaki’s tagline, “Let the good times roll.®”, is recognized worldwide. The Kawasaki brand is
synonymous with powerful, stylish and category-leading vehicles. Information about Kawasaki’s
complete line of powersports products and Kawasaki affiliates can be found on the Internet at
Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.
26972 Burbank, Foothill Ranch, CA 92610
Tel: 949-770-0400 I
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