2022 Kawasaki H2 SX SE’s Tech Goes Stratospheric

Kawasaki has just made the best sports tourer even better

Upgrades to the electronics package make the H2 SX SE better than ever. Radar assisted cruise control, collision detection, blind-spot monitoring and electronic suspension make it one of the safest - and fastest - bikes out there.

2022 Kawasaki H2 SX SE Gets Serious Tech Updates

2022 Kawasaki H2 SX SE's Tech Goes Stratospheric
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2022 Kawasaki H2 SX SE
Massive tech upgrades make it one of the safest bikes on the road

It would have been difficult for Kawasaki to improve on the performance of the H2 SX sports touring model, so instead it has developed the technology to make it one of the safest motorbikes out there.

Radar-assisted adaptive cruise control is now paired with blind-spot monitoring. Collision detection has been incorporated and the whole package is now called Advanced Rider Assistance Systems, or ARAS for short.

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Radar assisted cruise control, blind-spot detection and collision monitoring

The radar system is the same as that used on by Ducati, KTM and BMW and will maintain a set distance to the vehicle in front, while at the rear of the bike, a radar detector will warn of vehicles behind and in the blind spot. Warnings will flash up in the mirrors using LEDs set into the mirror face and these will also flash if the bike’s indicators are switched on when a vehicle is alongside. if the vehicle in front slows rapidly, a forward collision warning will flash up on the new 6.5-inch TFT dash.

The electronic suspension has been upgraded to incorporate Showa’s Skyhook technology to give the perfect ride for any road conditions. This is an active real-time rebound damping system that constantly reads the suspension movement and adjusts the damping accordingly.

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Bosch Electronics
Six-axis ECU monitors lean angle and controls traction control and ABS

A Bosch six-axis FI-ECU uses an inertial measurement unit to monitor chassis orientation in order to modulate both power delivery and ABS system response, allowing riders to make better and safer use of the H2′s massive powerband.

Then there’s something called Kawasaki Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System. This is basically a keyless ignition system and it also activates the fork lock. Vehicle Hold Assist applies the rear brake when you come to a stop, allowing the rider to release the front brake and take the foot off the rear brake pedal.

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Vehicle Hold Assist
Keeps the rear brake applied when the bike comes to a stop.

Elsewhere, there is a wider seat for rider and pillion, a USB port and heated grips as standard. Weight has risen slightly - 13lbs - to take overall weight to 591lbs total and, worryingly, Kawasaki has incorporated a silencer in the supercharger intake to reduce noise, which is a shame as that sound was one of the things that made riding the H2 so special.

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Showa Skyhook Suspension
Constantly monitors wheel movement and adjusts rebound damping

All the above upgrades will raise the H2 SX SE to greater heights and help cement its reputation as the best sports touring bike on the market.

Price is quoted as $27,500 and the H2 SX SE should be in showrooms in the first quarter of 2022.

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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