THE QUEST FOR POWER, In-house-designed Supercharger
The supercharger used in the Ninja H2 was designed by Kawasaki motorcycle engine designers with assistance from other companies within the KHI Group, namely the Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, Aerospace Company, and Corporate Technology Division. Designing the supercharger in-house allowed it to be developed to perfectly match the engine characteristics of the Ninja H2. The highly efficient, motorcycle-specific supercharger was the key to achieving the maximum power and the intense acceleration that engineers wanted.

The importance of high efficiency in a supercharger is that, as the air is compressed, power-robbing heat gain is minimal. And while many superchargers are able to offer high-efficiency operation in a very limited range of conditions, the supercharger designed for the Ninja H2 offers high efficiency over a wide range of pressure ratios and flow rates—meaning over a wide range of engine speeds and vehicle speeds. This wide range of efficient operation (similar to having a wide power band) easily translates to strong acceleration.

Despite its familiar In-Line Four configuration, the Ninja H2R power unit is loaded with technology developed specifically for this supercharged engine: some new, others with know-how from the Kawasaki Group. Every component of the engine was chosen to achieve a certain function. The whole engine was designed to accommodate the higher air pressure from the supercharger as well as ensure a high reliability with the over 300 PS output.

The combustion chamber design is complemented by a flat piston crown design. Its shape, inspired by the pistons used in the Green Gas Engine developed by Kawasaki’s Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, also contributes to the engine’s anti-knock performance.

To facilitate smooth, quick shifting, a dog-ring type transmission was selected. This is the kind of transmission commonly found in MotoGP or Formula 1, and was developed with feedback from the Kawasaki Racing Team.

Unlike a standard motorcycle transmission in which shift forks slide the gears into position, with a dog-ring transmission the gears all stay in place. Only the dog rings move, sliding into position to engage the desired gear.

Because the dog rings are much lighter than transmission gears, this type of transmission offers a much lighter shift effort. Shift touch is also improved, and a much shorter shift time is possible—which facilitates quick acceleration.

The silver-mirror paint used on the Ninja H2 was developed by Kawasaki specifically for motorcycles. Its highly reflective, glasslike metal appearance adds to the bike’s stunning design. While paint similar in appearance may be found in custom circles, this is its first use on a mass-production vehicle in either the automotive or motorcycle industries. Strict Kawasaki quality control measures ensure a long-lasting finish.

The highly reflective surface is created by inducing a silver mirror reaction (a chemical reaction between a solution of silver ions and a reducing agent) that forms a layer of pure silver. This Ag layer is what creates the paint’s glasslike metal appearance. Compared to candy paints, which use aluminium flakes to generate a sparkling effect, the Ag layer appears as a uniform metallic surface

The addition of Öhlins’ highly acclaimed TTX shock offers numerous rider

  • Increased rear stability, which contributes to enhanced cornering performance.
  • Supple suspension action conveys the feeling of excellent damping and contributes to increased riding comfort and sportier handling.
  • Increased rear stability also contributes to a more planted feel at the front, contributing to increased rider confidence when riding on the circuit.
  • Superb feedback from the road.
  • The bike feels even more stable at speed.
  • The supple suspension absorbs bumps with ease, adding to ride comfort.






Type : Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement : 998 cc
Bore and Stroke : 76.0 mm x 55.0 mm
Compression ratio : 8.3:1
Valve system : DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system : Fuel injection: ø50 mm x 4 with dual injection
Fuel Type / Minimum Octane Rating : Unleaded petrol
Ignition : Digital
Starting : Electric
Lubrication : Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler
Transmission : 6 speed, return
Maximum power : 228.0 kW {310 PS} / 14,000 rpm
Maximum power with Ram Air : 240.0 kW {326 PS} / 14,000 rpm
Maximum torque : 165.0 N.m {16.8 kgf.m} / 12,500 rpm
Frame Type : Trellis, high-tensile steel, with Swingarm Mounting Plate
Rake / Trail : 25.1° / 108 mm
Tyre : Front: 120/600 - R17
: Rear: 190/650 - R17
Wheelbase : 1,450 mm
Ground clearance : 130 mm
Seat height : 830 mm
Curb mass : 216 kg
Fuel capacity : 17 Litres
Overall Dimensions LxWxH : 2,070 x 850 x 1,160 mm
Front / Wheel Travel : 43 mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs / 120 mm
Rear / Wheel Travel : New Uni-Trak, Ohlins TTX36 gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir, compression and re rebound damping and preload adjustability,and top-out spring / 135 mm
Brake Front : Dual semi-floating 330 mm Brembo discs
Caliper Front : Dual radial-mount, Brembo M50 monobloc opposed 4-piston
Brake Rear : Single 250 mm disc.
Caliper Rear : Brembo, opposed 2-piston

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