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.

Continue reading to read more about the Kawasaki Ninja H2.

Why it matters

The first time I saw this report, I actually thought that this was an April Fool’s joke. So I checked around and apparently, this isn’t a joke. If it was, it’s a fairly thought-out one. It’s also pretty mean considering how many people have been looking forward to this day.

But it isn’t, so prospective owners of the Kawasaki Ninja H2 really have legitimate reasons to jump for joy.

The Ninja H2 is an expensive motorcycle at $25,000. But judging from the number of people who placed pre-orders on the bike, it’s safe to say that they jumped at the opportunity, fully cognizant of the amount they were going to pay for these bikes.

I don’t even blame them for doing so. If I had the funds, I would’ve done the same thing because it’s not often that a bike with the credentials of the Ninja H2 become available. Everything about the bike is revolutionary, a true testament to Kawasaki’s ingenious proprietary development program.

For instance, the Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R are both powered by a 998 cc inline four-cylinder engine that gets added boost from a supercharger that Kawasaki built on its own, specifically to help give the Ninja H2 200 horsepower on tap. That’s an awesome number, at least until you realize that the H2R actually has 300 ponies on tap.

It’s safe to say that both the Ninja H2 and the Ninja H2R will redefine the standards we set for motorcycles. So for those in line to receive their Ninja H2 sports bikes soon, do us proud and enjoy the heck out of it.

Press Release

It’s been one of the most talked about bikes in decades, and the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2™ motorcycles will be in the hands of eager customers at last. As a result, enthusiasts can soon expect to see owners making their first excursions on public roads, allowing these astonishing motorcycles to be seen in action.

Unveiled in Europe last fall, orders for the Ninja H2, and its track-only counterpart Ninja H2™R, were taken in December 2014. The bikes are built to order in a special facility at Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd in Japan. With the first production run completed, the bikes have been shipped to the network of nearly 1000 Kawasaki Motor Corp., U.S.A. dealers across the country to be collected by very fortunate customers.

Deliveries of the Ninja H2R motorcycles will begin in April 2015 as scheduled, giving dealers time to collect additional parts such as the paddock stands to be supplied with the slick-shod Ninja H2R track bike.

The Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R share the same 998cc inline four-cylinder engine and proprietary Kawasaki supercharger, built specifically for this application. The bikes also feature a trellis frame for the first time on a production Kawasaki motorcycle, as well as premium Brembo® brakes, KYB® Separate Function suspension and custom Kawasaki wheels mounted to a single-sided swingarm.

The Ninja H2R wears carbon fiber bodywork that includes aerodynamic winglets to enhance its high-speed performance. The Ninja H2 uses special mirror-like black paint on its wind tunnel sculpted bodywork.

Devised, developed and built in-house by Kawasaki, the Ninja H2 sportbike and Ninja H2R hyperbike are redefining the standards in motorcycle performance.

As a result, both the Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R have become Internet sensations, with online stories and videos being enjoyed by huge audiences. A video taken at the motorcycle’s US launch at AIMExpo™, for example, has been seen by more than ten million people, illustrating the anticipation surrounding the supercharged Kawasaki sportbikes.

Motorcycle gatherings around the country will soon witness the arrival of a new hometown hero, when the first owners arrive on their Ninja H2 motorcycles.

For further information, contact Aimee Soto at Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A. (aimee.soto@kmc-usa.com)

ABOUT KAWASAKI
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 our entry into the motorcycle industry was driven by Kawasaki’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, speed, power, design and riding pleasure. In the future, Kawasaki’s commitment to maintaining and furthering these strengths will surely give birth to new legends.

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 1,200 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 300 of them located at KMC’s Irvine, California headquarters.

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