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2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Coming Soon

Friday, September 26, 2014
UPDATE: The wait is over... Kawasaki revealed its 300-horsepower supercharged Ninja H2R at the Intermot bike show. Read more in the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R First Look.

This article, originally posted Sept. 2, has been repeatedly updated with new information - including more video teasers from Kawasaki added at the bottom. The most recent updates includes a brief high-speed video image of the H2 on the track, as well as quick shot of the supercharger powering the new Ninja, more engine shots and peek at some aerodynamic bodywork - MotoUSA Ed


The Intermot Bike Show in Cologne may still be almost a month away, but Kawasaki isn’t waiting to create some internet buzz about a new motorcycle set to debut there. The Japanese manufacturer has launched a teaser campaign for the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 at www.ninja-h2.com, stating “It captures the spirit of the 1972 750cc Kawasaki Mach IV H2,” a fire-breathing, wheelie-popping two-stroke Triple it produced from 1972 to 1975.

Kawasaki also stated the 2015 Ninja H2 is a collaborative effort between its other divisions, from aerospace to watercraft and the gas turbines used in its high-powered jet ski. The company released a teaser video showing a sportbike-styled windscreen and tail section along with a glimpse of a sporty tank, but what engine will power the H2 remains up to speculation. Kawasaki will continue its teaser campaign throughout the month until the bike’s official unveiling at Intermot September 30.



Though it’s pure conjecture, the 2015 Ninja H2 could be powered by the supercharged Inline Four it debuted at the Tokyo Motor Show last November. Kawasaki already has a supercharged Inline Four in its portfolio, the 1498cc engine powering its Ultra 310 watercraft (KHI mention the project includes many of its disciplines, right?)

Additionally, Kawasaki provided other clues in the press release on its supercharged Inline Four project from the Tokyo Show, when it stated: “Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. also has a long history of developing technologies for turbine engines. The lifeblood of these turbines is their blades, which need to be able to cope with extreme heat and vibration while spinning at high speeds. Know-how from years of designing turbine engine blades was instilled in the first supercharger developed by a motorcycle manufacturer. And of course, designing a motorcycle-use supercharged engine in-house means that maximum efficiency could be pursued.”

Kawasaki’s “Motorcycle with Supercharger” shows a patent-protected layout where the air box intake is located under the motorcycle’s seat and tank, directly behind the supercharger, which also lies behind the engine block. In MotoUSA's “Kawasaki Supercharged Inline Four at Tokyo” report, we wrote, “The induction system described in the patent routes air through the air cleaner unit into an air control valve unit. There a butterfly valve controls the intake into the supercharger. Unlike a turbo, which runs off exhaust gas pressure, a supercharger gets rotary power from the engine, and the Kawasaki patent confirms its supercharger is powered via the engine crankshaft 'through a chain or a train of gears.' A surge tank positioned atop the supercharger (unseen in the Kawasaki engine photo) channels the supercharged air through to the throttle body and into the engine.”

The Kawasaki patent also included a sketch of a motorcycle that has “a profile reminiscent of the ZX-14.”

Will the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 be the latest interpretation of the company’s vaunted hyper-bike, or will it throw us a curve and debut a supercharged 750 Triple. After all, it is called the “H2.”

The teaser clips will continue throughout the month, so stay tuned. UPDATE: On Sept. 3 Kawasaki uploaded a second video teaser with an audio click of the H2, followed by a third and fourth update - the latter including a full profile shot.



















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Drunkula   September 30, 2014 10:03 AM
They say "about 300 HP." Insane. But apparently that is not a road-legal bike. I guess at EICMA they'll be unveiling a street version (likely to be far less HP).
Drunkula   September 30, 2014 05:31 AM
It's got friggin wings on it. Supercharged liter bike. Carbon fiber. Tubular frame. Need to see some numbers on it.
MikeySav   September 27, 2014 08:07 AM
I don't know...this thing is so overly hyped up, anything short of astonishing is going to be a disappointment. (my opinion) Safe riding fellas!
Drunkula   September 26, 2014 08:33 PM
Latest video shows lots of carbon fiber, including down-force wings (so it appears).
Promodhemi   September 25, 2014 02:20 PM
That off-throttle chirp is the waste gate.
balreadysaid   September 19, 2014 02:36 PM
1000cc's 222hp is the rumor that leaked today. Said that this is a new motor with nothing shared from other motorcycles.
thomboz   September 19, 2014 01:12 PM
Supercharged, 750cc, direct injection, two-stroke, triple, that's what I need!
natesland   September 16, 2014 10:54 AM
I paused the video. It doesn't look like a hyperbike... looks and sounds like a superbike. I'm guessing (hoping) supercharged 750 or 1000. I really hope it's not bigger than a liter. They've peaked my curiosity, for sure! I hope it's light weight. I have a S1000RR and to me, it feels powerful enough and would prefer they concentrate on making them smaller/lighter. Having said that... "More power!" ~ Jeremy Clarkson
MotoFreak   September 16, 2014 10:46 AM
This promo stuff is getting old. There is definitely a line when it becomes too much hype. We are at it.
Drunkula   September 16, 2014 05:19 AM
New video today. At least we see something physical, and in motion. Too quick to really tell anything.
roadrashgixer   September 13, 2014 12:28 PM
I just hope it is better looking than the ZX-14. Talk about Miami Vice 80's Testarossa air fins! And the headlights? They call it a ZX-14 because at a glance, it looks like it has 14 headlights! Ugly! Sounds like a powerful bike!
Psychbiker1966   September 13, 2014 10:20 AM
After listening to the sound clip you can rule out a lot of speculation. You can tell what its not. Its not a triple,and the firing order doesn't sound like a crossplane crank. It sounds like the redline is 11.5 to 12 K so its not a smaller displacement motor or even a literbike but something with a large displacement.Its not naturally aspirated either, but the weird thing is you don't hear a BOV chirp in the 1st 2 upshifts. Maybe somehow the supercharger is only engaged from 3rd gear up? (Not sure how that would be done.) My best educated guess would be this... An all conquering 1400 cc supercharged engine more than 200rwhp in a literbike sized frame. Wow ...this could be revolutionary!!! Who could handle such a beast??
Huff955   September 12, 2014 10:56 AM
Agreed with ABN2nds A small displacement Triple with a S/C would be amazing..
motousa_adam   September 8, 2014 04:03 PM
I have no clue that. I know as much as you do based on these videos... Adam
OutOfTheBox   September 8, 2014 03:49 PM
"This bike will probably be the replacement to the three-year-old Ninja ZX-14R… Adam "yeah but what are they going to do, take the existing bike, upgrade the styling a little and add a blower? There is very little unexplored room in the technology-space. A blown 1500cc streetbike? That would definitely get attention.
motousa_adam   September 8, 2014 02:42 PM
From the sounds of it, it definitely sounds like there is forced induction at work here. You can tell by how quickly the engine spools up as well as the pressure blow-off when downshifted. Considering Kawasaki’s recent supercharger patent last fall, the engine is sure to be supercharged. We can also tell that it’ll be equipped with a quickshifter. This bike will probably be the replacement to the three-year-old Ninja ZX-14R… Adam
jimmihaffa   September 8, 2014 01:51 PM
Supercharged 900cc with engine hop-up perhaps pneumatic valves or cross plane crank firing big bang motor
Drunkula   September 5, 2014 05:47 AM
Another video today. Not much more clue-wise. More like a short history of Kawasaki (and the variety of products from them).
Drunkula   September 3, 2014 06:04 AM
Okay. Not certain but go to the website. There is an audio clip and it's not a 2 stroke. At first it sounded like an electric but then it doesn't. Not sure what to make of the sound.
Drunkula   September 3, 2014 05:50 AM
Or supercharged. Oops.
Drunkula   September 3, 2014 05:48 AM
Yes a dinger would be sweet. I think turbo is more likely though...
ABN2nds   September 2, 2014 01:20 PM
750 Triple would be sweet!