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Video: Jay Leno Rubs Elbows With The Old And New Kawasaki H2 Bikes

Video: Jay Leno Rubs Elbows With The Old And New Kawasaki H2 Bikes

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.

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Kawasaki Ninja H2R To Make Parade Lap At Isle Of Man TT

Kawasaki Ninja H2R To Make Parade Lap At Isle Of Man TT

As if the Isle of Man TT event isn’t already brimming with events, Kawasaki has just announced that is all-conquering superbike, the Ninja H2R, will be a part of the Monster Energy parade lap.

Quattro Plant Kawasaki rider James Hillier will pilot the Ninja H2R around the Snaefell Mountain, making it the first event that Kawasaki will unleash its prized superbike in a bonafide race track.

The Ninja H2R will be Kawasaki’s showcase model at the parade but it won’t be the only one. Joining Hillier in the ceremonial lap will be World Superbike riders Jonathan Rea and Tom Sykes. Unfortunately, neither Rea nor Sykes will be piloting the Ninja H2R. Instead, they’ll each be riding the less awesome but still pretty cool Ninja ZX-10R.

The Isle of Man TT is a great track debut for the Ninja H2R, that is if it wants to strut its wares in one of the most demanding road courses in the world. Don’t expect it to go full blast, though, since parade laps normally don’t necessitate participating cars and motorcycles to go all-out.

That said, I’m still excited to see the Ninja H2R in action. It might not be in an element of its choosing, but with all the things we’ve heard about the superbike, now’s the time for it to finally show everyone what it’s made of.

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Video: Super Street Magazine Pits Kawasaki Ninja H2R Against Trio Of Supercars

Video: Super Street Magazine Pits Kawasaki Ninja H2R Against Trio Of Supercars

The eternal question is car vs bike has been asked so many times the answer now probably lies somewhere in between the two protagonists. But even then, that hasn’t stopped people from testing it out for themselves, which is what Super Street Magazine did recently when it rolled out a Kawasaki Ninja H2R superbike and pitted it against a troika of supercars headlined by the Bugatti Veyron and also includes a McLaren 12C and a heavily modified Nissan GT-R that packs a walloping 1,350 horsepower.

As you can imagine, the Ninja H2R did quite well for itself, as it should since according to Super Street, this is the only H2R that Kawasaki USA has as of the moment. And let’s face it, even if it does produce just 300 horsepower - peanuts compared to what the three supercars have under their respective hoods - the much lighter superbike can be just as quick on a drag strip as any of its four-wheeled counterparts.

Actually, the H2R beat two out of the three supercars it competed against and the third one, even if it lost, was closer than most people thought. Care to venture a guess which of the three supercars bested the H2R on the drag strip?
I’d spill the beans but that would mean taking out the fun of actually watching the video for yourselves. Trust me at least when I tell you that you’d be surprised by the results.

Or maybe not depending on what you’re opinion is of aftermarket upgrades.

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Performance

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Performance

Sample state of the art Superbike supremacy on the class defining Ninja ZX-10R. Track or street, push the WSBK developed performance advantage with K-TRC traction control and a standard fit electronic steering damper. This Performance Edition comes equipped with Akrapovic exhaust, tankpad, bubble screen and pillion seat cover.

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Kawasaki Announces Second Round Of Orders For Ninja H2

Kawasaki Announces Second Round Of Orders For Ninja H2

Those who missed out on owning a Kawasaki Ninja H2 now have reason to celebrate. On the other hand, those who risked life and limb just to secure a piece of the limited edition supercharged bike are up-in-arms over what they perceive to be having the rug pulled from underneath them. Why the mixed reaction, you ask? Well, Kawasaki just announced that due to the incredible demand for the Ninja H2, it’s opening up new orders for a second wave of models for those who were too late to call dibs on the first set.

This is awesome news in the grand scheme of things. Ever since the Ninja H2 and its track-focused sibling, the H2R, were launched in November 2014, the two machines have been the talk of the motorcycle world. That much became clear when the first set of limited edition H2 bikes sold like snow cones on a warm summer day. The method by which Kawasaki used to score an H2 only added to the bike’s appeal. See, these bikes were never sold in dealerships because, quite frankly, Kawasaki didn’t need to. Instead, it offered the H2 on a first-come, first-served basis, even requiring interested customers to place a deposit for priority delivery on the bike and then making them wait for the spring of 2015 for the bikes to be delivered to them. Clearly, the circumstances surrounding taking ownership of a Ninja H2 were different and the price - $25,000 for the H2 - only adding fuel to its proverbial fire of exclusivity.

But business will always be business and when there’s an opportunity to capitalize on the incredible demand for the Ninja H2, Kawasaki seized without even batting an eyelash. So Kawasaki is opening up orders from a fresh batch of Ninja H2 bikes with deliveries expected to come sometime in June 2015. The company didn’t say how many bikes will be offered this time around, but make no mistake, these models will be scooped up just as quickly as the first batch, maybe even quicker than that.

As for those who feel slighted about supposedly being misinformed about the Ninja H2’s limited edition status, don’t feel too bad. Your bikes are expected to be delivered to you this month. By the time you see them, you probably won’t care about how many of these babies are out in the market, as long as you have one at your disposal.

It’s really a win-win scenario for everybody.

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Kawasaki Ninja H2 Arrives In US Dealerships

Kawasaki Ninja H2 Arrives In US Dealerships

I know Christmas is still a little over eight months away, but it certainly must feel like the holidays for customers who pre-ordered the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2. After months of waiting, Kawasaki has announced that the Ninja H2 has been delivered to select dealerships across the US where their eager owners can pick them up and finally go crazy with them.

The Ninja H2 is without question one of the most talked-about bikes in recent years so news that the hand-built bikes are ready to meet their owners is a huge deal.

Somewhat surprisingly, the deliveries of the Ninja H2 models happened sooner than I expected. The bike was only unveiled late last year in Europe and pre-orders only began in December 2014. Considering that the bikes are all hand-assembled, Kawasaki must have gotten a jump on production in order to accommodate all the orders coming in for the bike.

I don’t think expectant owners are going to complain about the quick turnaround because quite frankly, if I’m in their position, I’m already counting down the days when my Ninja H2 is delivered to me. Kawasaki also said that deliveries for the track-focused Ninja H2R are going to begin this month, giving new owners enough time to secure additional parts for the bike before they get that call from their dealerships that their new baby is already waiting for them.

For now, though, it’s the expectant owners of the Ninja H2 that should be rejoicing. The bike that you’ve been dreaming about since last year has arrived! Just be sure to temper your excitement as much as you can, or at least until that fateful phone call arrives, telling you that your Ninja H2 is ready to be picked up.

At that point, you have my blessing to go nuts.

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Kawasaki Trademarks "Ninja R2" Name

Kawasaki Trademarks "Ninja R2" Name

Kawasaki has something brewing under the sheets. The company hasn’t divulged exactly what it is and the only thing we know at this point is that it has registered the name “Ninja R2” with the US Patent and Trademark office, among other patent offices around the world, specifically Europe and Japan.

No details were given on where Kawasaki will use the Ninja R2 name, but given its recent trend of loosening up its production platform, there is reason, if only a little, to believe that the Ninja R2 name is being prepared for some kind of high-performance bike. What that bike will become is also a matter of debate and it really would be getting too ahead of ourselves if we starting naming new bikes without knowing what Kawasaki’s plans are.

But it is worth noting that Kawasaki also registered a handful of names in Japan, including Ninja R2-R, Ninja E2, Ninja E2-R, Ninja S2 and Ninja S2-R. A lot of ‘2’s’ in those names, right?

Ok, so here’s what we know so far. We know that Kawasaki has become more aggressive in building new models recently. Whether its small-displacement sports bikes or supercharged monsters, the Japanese motorcycle maker hasn’t held back on the aggressive run of new models hitting the market these days.

Kawasaki has also hinted on using shared technology for its bikes in the recent past, having done so when it created a supercharged technology for the H2R. At that time, it appeared that the project was exclusively tied into the H2R, but Kawasaki nevertheless added that the technology could be used in “future projects”.

Perhaps the Ninja R2 qualifies under “future projects”?

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Video: Rider Crashes Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Due to Absent-Mindedness

Video: Rider Crashes Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Due to Absent-Mindedness

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.

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Video: Kawasaki Ninja H2R is Built Beyond Belief

Video: Kawasaki Ninja H2R is Built Beyond Belief

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.

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja 250SL

2015 Kawasaki Ninja 250SL

Compact and light ye sporty and agile, the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL promises to deliver fist class ride and handling performances to those who wish to learn the secrets of sports bike on a small displacement model.

The Kawasaki Ninja 250 SL is propelled by a liquid cooled, 4 stroke, single cylinder DOHC engine with a displacement of 249 Cm³. The engine puts out a maximum power of 20.6 KW (28 PS) at 9,700 Rpm and 22.6 N.M (2.3 Kgf.M) of torque at 8,200 Rpm. The engine is mated on a six speed transmission and is linked to an 11 liters fuel tank.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by a lightweight trellis frame which is combined with a 37 mm telescopic fork and a rear Uni-Trak suspension with adjustable spring preload.

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2

2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2

The Ninja H2 is the newest addition to the Kawasaki’s lineup and incorporates the latest technologies developed by the Japanese manufacturer.

The biggest news is the introduction of the all-new liquid-cooled, 4-stroke in-line four cylinder turbo engine with a displacement of 998 cc. The engine is mated on a six speed transmission and is mounted on a trellis, high-tensile steel frame with swingarm mounting plate.

As far as wheels are concerned, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 is fitted with a pair of cast aluminum wheels which feature a star-pattern, five-spoke design. The wheels are wrapped in a massive 200/55 rear tire and a front 120/70 tire.

Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include the Öhlins Electronic Steering Damper, KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter), KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Brake System), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control and the Kawasaki Traction Control.

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2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS

2015 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS

The Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS is without a doubt one of the most impressive motorcycles from the streets. It is loaded with speed oriented features, it comes with a sharp cut design language and it sports a mind-blowing four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve per cylinder, inline-four engine with a displacement of 1,441 cc.

The engine is mounted on a lightweight monocoque frame which is narrow, strong, rigid and very light being a perfect match for the requirements of a super sport motorcycle. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the engine is used as a stressed frame member, which increases further enhances the bike’s ride and handling abilities.

As far as prices are concerned, the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS can be yours for no less than $14,999.

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