Sports-tourer motorcycles Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX and SX SE have been unveiled at the EICMA Show held in Italy.
Back in 2015, Kawasaki kickstarted the supercharged-supersport breed of motorcycles with the Ninja H2. Comprising of the H2, H2 Carbon and H2R, the entire Ninja H2 range received a minor overhaul in October 2016. At the recent 2017 Milan Motor Show, the Japanese manufacturer took the wraps off the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX and SX SE, thereby adding two more products to the Ninja H2 portfolio.
Based on its fire-breathing sibling, the Ninja H2 SX is positioned as an adventure tourer while the Ninja H2 SX SE version brings more equipment to the table over the former. Kawasaki has utilised the second-generation 998cc inline-4 supercharged motor which develops 200 PS of power at 11,000 RPM and 137.3 Nm of torque at 9500 RPM. Mated to a 6-speed manual shifter, the engine offers better power delivery in the low and mid-range and better fuel efficiency due to the revised compression ratio and gearing.
Both the H2 SX and H2 SX SE sit on a trellis frame and utilise the H2’s suspension and braking hardware. The duo gets 43 mm inverted forks at the front and an adjustable monoshock at the rear. Braking department is headed by dual semi-floating discs (320 mm) at the front and single disc (250 mm) at the rear. To compliment its tourer credentials, the Ninja H2 SX gets a 19-litre fuel tank, lightweight exhaust, revised gearing, cruise control, cornering ABS, three-level traction control, inertial measurement unit (IMU) and an all-LED lighting setup.
The Ninja H2 SX SE gets additional kit in the form of adaptive cornering lights, launch control, larger visor, TFT instrument console and a bi-directional quick-shifter. Undoubtedly, the sports-tourer duo takes the touring scene one step forward with their segment-first supercharged engines. Expect the pair to start global production run soon, followed by an India launch (as CBU) expected in 2018.
Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX
– Adventure tourer H2 SX and H2 SX SC unveiled
– Powered by second-gen supercharged 998cc motor biased for tractability at low speeds
– Equipment list comprises of cruise control, cornering ABS, H2 SX SE gets more kit
– Shares underpinnings with the supersport Ninja H2