The Kawasaki H2R proves its skeptics wrong and makes a successful indicated 400 km/hr run on a closed bridge in Turkey. The Kawasaki H2R is currently not street legal in any country in the world.
The Kawasaki H2R wowed the world in 2014 with its mind-bending specs and astronomical top speed claims which was sure to attract every track-day jock towards the Kawasaki showroom. But as with stupid non-believers everywhere, many said that this beauty is good for the track only and it will never be able to reproduce its claimed numbers at the uneven conditions of a public road. To shush those critics, Kawasaki has come out with a little video now, which shows the H2R cruising along merrily on a small-ish bridge in Turkey, at a brisk 400 km/hr displayed on the speedo!
Kawasaki has released a video which showcases Turkish Pro motorcycle racer Kenan Sofuoğlu doing the highest speed ever hit on an H2R – an indicated 400 kms per hour. The record was achieved on the closed İzmit Bay Bridge in his native Turkey and the mile and a half long bridge was traversed in very little time with the bike hitting such mind numbing speed in just 26 seconds! Do note that the manufacturer claimed top speed of the speed demon is a bonkers 380 km/hr.
The bike isn’t street legal as it lacks any kind of wing mirrors or indicators which mess up with aerodynamics; instead the Kawasaki H2R gets a pair of winglets to stop it from transforming into a full blown SR-71 blackbird and flying away. Sofuoğlu and his team claim that the motorcycle had been ‘adjusted’ for the run but not modified in any way. Seventeen-inch racing slicks are mounted at each end and that exhaust couldn’t pass a dB test at idle.
An H2R costs $50,000 (approximately Rs. 33 lakhs) and comes with the official warning that it ‘is a closed course riding use only model and is not manufactured for use on public roads, streets or highways. All usage of this vehicle should be limited to riding on a closed course’. This halo Kawasaki model is powered by a 998cc inline four -ylinder engine with a centrifugal supercharger mounted on top to produce a massive 300 BHP of power.
Kawasaki Ninja H2R 0-400 km/hr
– Kawasaki Ninja H2R has successfully surpassed the 400 km/hr barrier in a straight line in Turkey
– The feat was achieved by Turkish Pro motorcycle racer Kenan Sofuoğlu on the closed İzmit Bay Bridge
– The bike is powered by a 998cc inline four-cylinder engine with a centrifugal supercharger
– Sofuoğlu and his team claim that the bike had been ‘adjusted’ for the run but not modified in any way
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