Kawasaki promised to unleash the Ninja H2R for a parade lap at the Isle of Man TT. The company was true to its word as Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider James Hillier put the beastly Ninja H2R through the paces around the hallowed track of the Snaefell Mountain.
As crowds began gathering in various spectator spots around the track, the palpable excitement of watching the Ninja H2R flexing its muscles prompted most of the people to pull out their mobile phones in anticipation of the H2R zooming past their respective locations. Those people watching from the Sulby Straight were even treated to an extra dose of the Ninja H2R’s power as reports have come out that Kawasaki’s newest superbike was able to reach speeds in excess of 207 mph in that particular section of the track.
Separate reports even said that Kawasaki told Hillier to take it easy on the bike, immediately prompting speculation that the Ninja H2R is actually capable of exceeding that 207-mph top speed if it really wanted to. That apparently is the kind of expectation that comes with a bike that has 300 horsepower on tap, waiting to be unleashed by anyone brave enough to test it to its limits.
Suffice to say, the Ninja H2R made a hell of an impression to the lucky folks fortunate enough to see its parade lap. This only adds to the bike’s already growing legend, a testament to the incredible product Kawasaki has built. Soon enough, prospective owners of the Ninja H2R will get to experience for themselves the debilitating power of this superbike.
If its parade lap around the Snaefell Mountain at the Isle of Man TT is any indication, future owners will have a certified monster on two wheels in its hands.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 is one of those superbikes that belongs in its own category of motorcycle awesomeness, presumably included with descriptive words like “mental” or “bonkers.” Jay Leno knows that more than most, having already ridden the Ninja H2 and experienced first-hand the exhilarating power of 205 supercharged ponies on a superbike.
Knowing full well what the Ninja H2 is capable of, the automotive and motorcycle enthusiast decided to dedicate an entire episode of his hit web series, Jay Leno’s Garage, to learn more about the long and storied history of the H2 straight from the mouth of someone who knows what he’s talking about: Kawasaki Senior PR Coordinator Jeff Herzog.
The two discuss a plethora of topics pertaining to the Ninja H2, each one ending up with the same conclusion: the H2 is a bike designed for evil intentions. Leno even brought out a couple of H2 bikes from yesteryear just so he and Herzog can put in proper perspective the feeling of riding some of the fastest and most powerful bikes Kawasaki built in their respective generations.
And like all Jay Leno’s Garage episodes, I’d be remiss if I neglected to point out that Leno took all the H2 bikes for a run like only he could. I’d advise you guys to turn the volume up just so you can enjoy the ear-splitting spectacle of a supercharged Ninja H2 unleashing its banshee-like screams on the road.
There’s really nothing quite like an H2 blasting through the open road with little regard for noise pollution. That’s always been one of the H2’s calling cards and for as long as it’s been around, it’s a badge of honor it still proudly wears to this day.
Motorcycle racing covers a wide spectrum of disciplines that aren’t necessarily tied into each other. There’s even a perception in the industry that MotoGP racers aren’t suited for the mud-soaked world of motocross while motocross riders would find it difficult to translate to the opulent style of top-class two-wheeled racing.
I don’t necessarily believe that and apparently, neither does Michelin, which just released the first episode of its new web series called “We Are All Racers.”
The episode features two racers from different worlds of motorcycle racing converging on one track to give us the kind of head-to-head battle we rarely see these days. On one corner is FIM CEV Superbike champion Kenny Noyes and on the other corner is Team Luc1 Motorsports’ Sylvain Bidart. The two couldn’t be more different from the other. One races with aKawasaki ZX-10R in the CEV Superbike European Championship while the other one races with a Honda CRF motorbike. in the SuperMoto GP.
Yet with their differences screaming loudly in the bikes they ride in competition, Michelin is elevating the thought that Noyes and Bidart aren’t really different from each, as is any other racer who rides on the saddle and competes in whatever race is being held all over the world.
What Noyes, Bidart, and every other motorcycle racer in the world share is a love and passion for racing motorcycles, no matter what kind of competition it is. They may use different bikes to serve their different racing disciplines, but no matter the circumstances, at the core of all of these people lies the heart of a true racer.
The phrase “with great power comes great responsibility” is used far too often these days. It definitely applies in various aspects of life, including riding high-powered motorcycles like the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R. I understand the urge to turn the throttle and enjoy the Kawasaki superbike’s pure power and pace. But it’s also important to exercise a little bit of caution, especially if you don’t want to be on the receiving end of some heavy nicks and bruises.
Unfortunately, the rider in this video found that out the hard way. You know what’s going to happen - he crashes and spills on the road - but the lead-up to the crash is still a pretty good build-up to the time he slams into the rear end of another rider, who happened to catch the entire incident on camera.
The spill wasn’t as bad as it could’ve been and the rider probably walked out of it with nothing more than bruises to his body. But the Ninja XZ-10R looks like it got the brunt of the damage, slamming hard to the ground, causing sparks to fly and spinning multiple times before resting to a stop in the middle of the road.
Judging by the video, it does appear that the crash could’ve been avoided if the rider exercised a little more awareness of his surroundings. The rider could’ve also assumed the standard staggered formation in rides like this to avoid hitting the other bike and spilling to the pavement. It takes a great amount of inattentiveness to crash into a bike, especially at the speed both bikes were going.
Lesson learned for this rider. Look where you’re going.
Have you had your fill of goosebumps this morning? If you haven’t, well Kawasaki is here to fill you with a day’s worth of spine-tingling excitement with this video highlighting the development of one of its most extreme superbikes, the almighty Ninja H2R.
First introduced by Kawasaki at the 2014 EICMA show in November 2014, the Ninja H2R has so far been covered in a shadow of mystery. We already know the lineage of the bike, having taken its name from the Japanese bookmaker’s famous Ninja and H2 lines, but until now, we’re still in the dark as to how the latest Ninja H2R came to be.
No more, it seems, as Kawasaki has finally rolled out the first promotional ad of the super bike, complete with incredible snippets of its architecture and combined with the usual cadre of opera-like music filling the background. Don’t think this is a music video of some sort because it’s far from one. What it is, though, is somewhat of a never-before-seen look behind the reported 300-horsepower machine. It’s got aerodynamic credentials that are based on aerospace chassis design and a supercharger engine that was created using gas turbine engine technology. Oh, and it also features a planetary gear inspired by aircraft engines and anti-knock technology from Green Gas engines.
Throw in a production quality that’s second to none and you have a superbike that can lay waste to just about any bike in its path. Heck, we won’t even be surprised if it can beat down some of the best sports cars in the world today. Don’t sleep on the latter happening, because once the Ninja H2R gets its legs fully stretched, such a thing just might happen far more often than sports cars would want.
So say hello to Kawasaki’s new pride and joy. Chances are, you’re going to hear a lot more about the new Ninja H2R when it begins its assault on roads and pavements all over the world.
Innovative technology is prevalent in the world of motorcycles. Kawasaki has pioneered its fair share of technologies and it’s no surprise that one of the Japanese company’s new offerings, the Ergo-Fit Concept, is getting a lot of love and attention from media folks like us.
The Ergo-Fit Concept, which can be seen on Kawasaki’s newest cruiser, the Vulcan S, is a system that allows riders to have the seats of their Vulcan S bikes personally tailored to their specific body type. It sounds pretty simple when you take it on face value, but there’s more to it than meets the eye. A lot more.
For starters, availing the Ergo-Fit Concept involves more than just slapping a new seat like it’s some kind of bike kit. To get the concept fitted into the bike, riders will have to track down a participating Kawasaki dealership at the time of purchase. From there, Kawasaki engineers will get to work re-configurating the bike’s seating position, doing so by moving pegs, adjusting bars, and in some instances, replacing the seat altogether with a modified version that can move the rider closer to or further away from the handlebars. Not so simple now, is it?
The Ergo-Fit Concept is a unique feature of the Vulcan S, a cruiser that Kawasaki released specifically for the young and hip market who prefer their bikes to have equal doses of style, power, and new technology. The Vulcan S offers all three in buckets, none more obvious than the Ergo-Fit Concept.
Check out the video and watch Kawasaki properly explain why the Ergo-Fit Concept is a must-have for anybody who wants to tide the Vulcan S.
It seems that every time there’s a discussion about a hot lap around the Nurbugring, we immediately assume that another edgy supercar is at it again. The list of manufacturers that have taken stabs at the ’Ring is as long as the course itself so excuse us for being a little excited watching a motorcycle take center stage around the track.
The lap comes courtesy of Bridgestone test driver, Tim Rothiq, and a Kawasaki ZX-10R. We won’t have to remind you about the face-morphing characteristics of the Kawasaki superbike because Rothiq was able to do it for us.
The ’Ring offers plenty of challenges even for the most astute of riders so watching Rothiq navigate around the track and blast through it in spectacular fashion is a sight to behold.
Don’t be fooled by the 7:50 time being way short of the record 7:14 lap time of the Lexus LF-A; the latter is a supercar after all. It’s about as impressive a bike lap as you’ll find anywhere.
And a big kudos to Tim Rothiq for his incredible effort coercing the Kawasaki ZX-10R to behave during the lap time. Lord knows the slightest mistake can lead to a pretty nasty spill.
Check out the video and enjoy the ride, folks!
Every once in awhile, it’s good to push all worries out of your head and do something you enjoy just for the sake of enjoying it. Too many times, many of us get wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of everyday life and we just forget to sit back and take in all of the good things around us.
That being said, we could learn a lot from the gentleman in this video. This guy loves his motorcycle and decided that he wanted to explore the world around him. Thankfully, he brought his video camera along with him to capture his journey through the beaches and mountains of Panama, even catching a glimpse of the bridge of the Americas which crosses the Panama Canal.
This unknown man says, "I love riding motorcycles, any kind of motorcycle. It just so happens that right now I have a KLR650, and in my mind that means it must be the best motorcycle in the world. In time I will get a different motorcycle, and it will become the best motorcycle in the world. This film is about loving, and riding what you have now. Stop worrying about not being able to afford your dream bike, and just enjoy this moment with whatever motorcycle you may have."
Now it’s time to take his advice, sit back, and enjoy his journey. After that, go out and enjoy your won journey.
Using a little girl as an eerie voiceover for a scary flick is not something new, however, using the same eerie little girl as voiceover for the new Kawasaki Z1000 ad, now that’s new!
You’ve got to give props to the guys behind this ad campaign for thinking out of the box. Who would’ve thought a 1000cc Jap bike, and a child, and some neat sound effects would create such a captivating advert? One thing is for sure – it makes, even us, want to get on one of these and wreak havoc during after dark escapades involving “bending” the law and disturbing the peace. Just looking at it after watching the video awakens the sinister side inside you – and it should. Priced at a reasonable $13 199, you get all the evil you can handle in the form of a 4-cylinder that summons 128BHP from the bowels of hell, belching it through a 4 –into-2 lightweight exhaust. Not-so-dark features include fully adjustable front forks and instrument binnacle and an equally dexterous windscreen. Making sure the nightmare comes to a halt when absolutely necessary are 300mm ventilated discs with 4-pot calipers. Long live the darkness!
Kawasaki has unveiled the first official video for the new Z750R superbike. The new motorcycle is powered by a 748cc engine that delivers 106 HP. It comes with new brakes and exhaust system, an improved chassis with fully adjustable front forks, revised rear shock on a new aluminum swing arm, radial front brakes with braded lines and ABS as an option.
It will be offered in two limited edition colors: Candy Lime Green and Flat Ebony. If you want to see it in all its glory, you will have a chance at the 2010 EICMA show in Milan.
Police patrols are known to have favorite “haunting” spots and this has got to be it for the one in this video simply because of the easy “prey”. Take a look at this inexperienced Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R rider having the time of his life on Mullholland highway near Malibu when he is surprised by the cops during a high speed corner and makes the BIG mistake of hitting the front brake. See the shameful result in the video after the jump.
We just came across a cool video showing these Lawson style Kawasaki Z1000 and Z1100R being ridden to their limits back in home country Japan. The two modern classic motorcycles are going strong and the professional riders have no mercy, leaving people wondering if this is actually a vintage video or a very well made new one paying a tribute to yesterday’s great bikes.