Kawi’s Supercharged Hyper-Tourer Lets The Fiery-Eyed Peg Draggers Share With A Friend

Kawasaki beefed up its Ninja lineup ahead of MY2019 with the upgraded H2 SX SE+. Competition is fierce at the top of the liter-bike range, but Kawi has a not-so-secret weapon in its fight for street dominance in the form of a supercharger (compressor) that significantly boosts performance. The electronic suite received a buff as well with electronic suspension control bundled with new riding modes and the ability to network with your smartphone. Plus, it rocks a “self-repairing” finish that resists dings and scratches to help it keep its curb value.

  • 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+
  • Year:
    2019
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Displacement:
    998 cc
  • Top Speed:
    209 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    25000
  • Price:

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ Design

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+
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Since the body panels provide less than 100-percent coverage, we get a tantalizing glimpse of the beating heart, and on the left side, the intake conduit that funnels ram-air from the pressure wave at the entry down to the supercharger.

The H2 line brings with it a certain sport-tastic bent surpassing even the Ninja ZX-14R that rests at the top of the non-H2 Ninja pecking order. An angular fairing on the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ leads the way with a central LED headlight braced by large intake ports below Kawi’s Rivermark badge. Up top, a clear conical screen punches a hole in the wind for the pilot, and the LED turn signals come integrated with the windtunnel-tested mirrors to keep drag to a minimum. Below the vents, lower fairings extend down to the belly to form a full sportbike scoop that houses a pair of turning lights in recesses along the leading edge. I’m a big fan of cornering lights, ’cause it freaks me out to steer into unlit areas and cornering lights put light where you’re going, not just where you’re pointing.

Cooling air funnels through the radiator where it then reintegrates with the slipstream through finned vents in the cowling. Behind the glass, an analog tachometer carries almost a score of idiot lights in the bezel with a color TFT screen to deliver all other pertinent metrics and act as an interface for the higher ride-control subsystems. It also touts a Bluetooth for wireless connectivity with your smartphone to enable the “Rideology The App” feature that delivers in-depth info and ride-control options along with call/mail notifications.

The fairing is wide enough to steer the wind around the five-gallon fuel tank but it narrows down nicely at the waist to form a decent leg pocket with room for double training-wheel deployment and full-blown body English. I’m sure the crazy knee draggers and even crazier elbow draggers will rejoice at that last.

The strongly upswept die-cast aluminum subframe provides the passenger with a lofty perch that forms a deep swale for the pilot. Subframe-mount, flip-up footpegs and J.C. rails finish out the passenger’s gear, and credit where it’s due, Kawi mounted a decent-size p-pad that looks a lot more comfortable than the typical I’d rather not pad we frequently see on the top-tier bikes. Does this make it suitable for sport-touring? Maybe, but not without bags it won’t. Worry not, the accessory catalog has you covered with a choice between hard-mount, 28-liter panniers and a quick-release version that gives your SE+ some serious dry-storage.

A radical-looking LED taillight and standoff-style turn signals finish off the lights with a short mudguard and plateholder that utilizes the tag as an extension and backed up from the swingarm-mount hugger to complete the coverage.

Since the body panels provide less than 100-percent coverage, we get a tantalizing glimpse of the beating heart, and on the left side, the intake conduit that funnels ram-air from the pressure wave at the entry down to the supercharger.

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ Chassis

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+
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While steering geometry is typical for sportbikes, the rest of the metrics point to something far more special than a run-of-the-mill model.

A tubular Trellis frame on the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ provides the main structure with the engine as a stressed member to complete the assembly. The steering head sets a 24.7-degree rake angle with 4.1 inches of trail. While these numbers are typical for sportbikes, the rest of the details point to something far more special than a run-of-the-mill model. A set of 43 mm usd front forks float the front end with adjustable compression- and rebound-damping along with variable spring preload and top-out springs.

Out back, a new Uni-Trak monoshock takes care of business with all the same features as the front, up to and including the new Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension system that provides dynamic damping adjustments, under way, in real time. Plus, you can easily change the suspension to compensate for changing loads with a trio of preset profiles. Wheel travel measures in with 4.7 inches up front and 5.5 inches out back, which is appropriate for a bike with sporty chops like this one has.

Also new for this year are the Brembo Stylema calipers that rock radial-mount, four-pot, opposed-piston anchors up front to bite dual 320 mm discs, and out back, a twin-piston caliper and 250 mm disc takes care of business. Kawasaki’s own Intelligent Brake System provides cornering-ABS protection through the data it receives from the Inertial Measurement Unit, so you can safely get the most out of the brakes under all normal circumstances.

Cast-aluminum rims round out the rolling chassis with a five-spoke star pattern that mounts a 120/70-17 up front followed by a 190/55-17, and of course, the rubber has a “ZR” rating in keeping with the high-performance nature of this particular beast.

Frame: Trellis, high-tensile steel, with swingarm mounting plate
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel: 43 mm inverted fork with KECS-controlled rebound and compression damping, manual spring preload adjustability and top-out springs/4.7 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel: New Uni-Trak®, BFRC gas charged shock with piggyback reservoir, KECS-controlled compression and rebound damping electronically-adjustable spring preload/5.5 in
Rake/Trail: 24.7/4.1 in
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR17 (58W)
Rear Tire: 190/55 ZR17 (75W)
Front Brakes: Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston Brembo Stylema® calipers, dual semi-floating 330 mm discs, KIBS ABS
Rear Brakes: Opposed 2-piston calipers, single 250 mm disc, KIBS ABS

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ Drivetrain

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+
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Since the engine aspirates air that is first pressurized at the ram ports up front, then compressed further at the supercharger to deliver variable pressure depending on your airspeed, the actual pressure level can vary.

The beating heart starts out with an in-line four layout that runs a 76 mm bore and 55 mm stroke to give it a 998 cc total displacement and compression ratio of 11.2-to-1. That compression ratio metric is a little misleading; it only reflects the difference in pressure based on the cylinder shape, combustion chamber and piston profile along with con-rod length and crankshaft layout. Since the engine aspirates air that is first pressurized at the ram ports up front, then compressed further at the supercharger to deliver variable pressure depending on your airspeed, the actual pressure level can vary.

Dual over-head cams time the 16-valve head A quartet of throttle bodies manage the induction with a veritable alphabet-soup of ride-control yummygoodness to help you keep it dirty-side down. Traction control, launch control and engine brake control protects the integrity of the rear contact patch with an electronic quick-shift feature that lets you switch gears seamlessly up and down the range sans clutch action. As for the clutch itself, it’s of the slipper sort that prevents excessive backtorque from threatening the rear patch and makes for a light pull at the lever.

Power flows through a six-speed transmission with 84.6 pound-feet of torque and 230 horsepower on tap to deliver an approximate top speed of 209 mph, though I imagine individual results may vary.

Engine: 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, supercharged
Displacement: 998 cc
Bore x Stroke: 76.0 mm x 55.0 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.2:1
Maximum Torque: 84.6 lb-ft @ 11,500 rpm
Fuel System: DFI® with 40 mm throttle bodies (4) with dual injection
Ignition: Digital
Transmission: 6-speed, return, dog-ring
Final Drive: Sealed chain

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ Pricing

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+
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While the $25k sticker isn't exactly a pittance to most riders, it does deliver a lot of bike for your buck.

This kind of performance frequently brings with it a lofty pricetag, and while the $25,000 sticker isn’t exactly a pittance to most riders, it does deliver a lot of bike for your buck. It comes in Metallic Graphite Black / Metallic Diablo Black / Emerald Blazed Green for a look that is both understated and flashy at the same time.

Special Features: Rideology the App Smartphone Connectivity, all-LED lighting, Highly Durable Paint, TFT Instrumentation
Electronic Rider Aids: Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS), Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF), Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) (dual direction), Electronic Cruise Control, LED Cornering Lights
Warranty: 12 Month Limited Warranty (optional Kawasaki Protection Plus™ 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
Color: Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Diablo Black/Emerald Blazed Green
Price: $25,000

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ Competitors

2018 Ducati Panigale V4
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2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+
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Ducati delivers fully-adjustable suspension, but it falls short of the electronic fandanglery the Ninja brings to the table.

Needless to say, this is a serious machine that deserves a serious challenger, so I went straight to Ducati for its Panigale V4. No, it isn’t supercharged like the Ninja, but nevertheless, you’d better respect the power of the V4. What kind of power? Well, the Eye-Tie measures in with 214 ponies and 91.5 pounds o’ grunt in a trade off against the Kawi’s 230/84.6, but I guarantee that neither will leaving you lacking for get-up-and-go.

I almost hate to bring up aesthetics, ’cause Ducati is a tough act to follow, so I’ll just say that the Ninja ain’t ugly, but the Panigale is straight-up sex on wheels, at least to mine eyes. It may not have a blower, but the Desmodromic valvetrain still sets the Panigale apart from the field.

Duc delivers fully-adjustable suspension, but it falls short of the electronic fandanglery the Ninja brings to the table. Of course, the Duc comes with an alphabet-soup of its own; rider modes, power modes, traction/wheelie/slide/engine-brake control and a Bosch cornering-ABS feature to provide a similar level of ride-quality control and safety.

The base Panigale V4 rolls for $21,495, close enough to the Kawi I reckon, but if you just got to have that blower, you’d better be ready to skin that checkbook.

He Said

“Kawi cranks out yet another stupidfast bike with the Ninja H2 SX SE+, but I have to wonder who it’s for. It isn’t a proper racebike, and so probably won’t be used on a closed circuit though I concede it would probably be a terror at novice drag-strips everywhere. At 200-plus mph, you’ll never do it justice on public roads — you’d better not, anyway — so what you’re paying for here is bragging rights and a conversation piece at the end of the day.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “The 2019 Ninja SX SE+ is advertised as the ’hyper-tourer’ and I do see where they’re coming from. Martin Lambert, Kawasaki’s European PR Manager, describes it as “all whistles and bells.” After introducing the SX SE in Europe, the feedback, though positive, was filled with “but does it have this?” or “does it have that?” So the next phase was to give the SX SE those things. The electronic suspension is taken from the ZX-10RR and, of course, everyone is jumping on the app wagon. Kawasaki’s Rideology the App lets you become one with the machine, as it were.”

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, liquid-cooled, supercharged
Displacement: 998 cc
Bore x Stroke: 76.0 mm x 55.0 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.2:1
Maximum Torque: 84.6 lb-ft @ 11,500 rpm
Fuel System: DFI® with 40 mm throttle bodies (4) with dual injection
Ignition: Digital
Transmission: 6-speed, return, dog-ring
Final Drive: Sealed chain
Chassis:
Frame: Trellis, high-tensile steel, with swingarm mounting plate
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel: 43 mm inverted fork with KECS-controlled rebound and compression damping, manual spring preload adjustability and top-out springs/4.7 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel: New Uni-Trak®, BFRC gas charged shock with piggyback reservoir, KECS-controlled compression and rebound damping electronically-adjustable spring preload/5.5 in
Rake/Trail: 24.7/4.1 in
Front Tire: 120/70 ZR17 (58W)
Rear Tire: 190/55 ZR17 (75W)
Front Brakes: Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston Brembo Stylema® calipers, dual semi-floating 330 mm discs, KIBS ABS
Rear Brakes: Opposed 2-piston calipers, single 250 mm disc, KIBS ABS
Dimensions & Capacities:
Overall Length: 84.1 in
Overall Width: 30.5 in
Overall Height: 49.6 in
Ground Clearance: 5.1 in
Seat Height: 32.9 in
Curb Weight: 577.7 lb
Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gal
Wheelbase: 58.3 in
Top Speed: 209 mph (est)
Details:
Special Features: Rideology the App Smartphone Connectivity, all-LED lighting, Highly Durable Paint, TFT Instrumentation
Electronic Rider Aids: Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS), Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF), Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) (dual direction), Electronic Cruise Control, LED Cornering Lights
Warranty: 12 Month Limited Warranty (optional Kawasaki Protection Plus™ 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
Color: Metallic Graphite Gray/Metallic Diablo Black/Emerald Blazed Green
Price: $25,000

Further Reading

Ducati Panigale V4

2018 Ducati Panigale V4
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See our review of the Ducati Panigale V4.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R

2015 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R ABS
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See our review of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-14R.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon
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See our review of the Kawasaki Ninja H2 / H2 Carbon.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX / H2 SX SE

2018 - 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX / H2 SX SE
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See our review of the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX / H2 SX SE.

Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR
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See our review of the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10RR

Kawasaki

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