Kawasaki Ninja HR2 Hits 385KM/H – 239MPH. When unveiled in late 2014, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R became not only the most powerful production motorbike, but also promised to be the fastest in a straight line and now, it\’s become just that, albeit with the help of some tuning.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 is a “supercharged supersport” class motorcycle in the Kawasaki Ninja sportbike series, manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries, featuring a variable-speed centrifugal-type supercharger. With 310 horsepower (230 kW) and 326 horsepower (243 kW)< with ram air, the H2R track-only variant has 50% more power than the fastest street-legal motorcycles (wikipedia)
Kawasaki Ninja HR2 Top Speed
While being ridden by Ryuuji Tsuruta at a private test track, this H2R managed to reach an insane 385 km/h (239.3 mph), putting it comfortably ahead of the MV Agusta F4 R 312\\’s previous 310 km/h (193.24 mph) top speed record.
Is this bike even street legal? Definitely not. This model was built strictly for the race track. The stunning carbon fiber bodywork was crafted by the Aerospace division of Kawasaki for maximum stability at track speeds, and shows off the company’s iconic green colors. It has no headlight, no mirrors and no signals, but a street legal H2 model is expected to be unveiled at the EICMA show in Milan this November.
Not satisfied with 385 km/h, Trick Star, the Japanese workshop behind this H2R, believes that it can reach 400 km/h (248.6 mph) if a circuit with a longer straight can be found.
Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Just like the PR speak from the teasers, Kawasaki used multiple divisions inside the Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI) to produce the bike, which is why the Kawasaki River Mark is proudly displayed on the front.
The all-new supercharger was built and designed in house with help from Kawasaki\’s Gas Turbine Machinery Company, Aerospace Company and Corporate Technology Division. This bike is meant to show off the capability of such a big company like Kawasaki and prove to the general public what their R and production is capable of.
As for the chassis, that\’s an engineering feet unto itself. The bike is designed for high-speed riding, but according to Kawasaki they also wanted it to handle. They sacrificed a long wheelbase for handling purposes, as a longer wheelbase would normally help with high-speed stability. Instead they focused heavily on the aerodynamics to make up the difference.
An all-new stiff trellis frame, “provided both the strength to harness the incredible power of the supercharged engine, and balanced flex to help stability for high-speed competition riding.” It takes a lot to keep a 300hp engine in place while maintaining rigidity, but it sounds like this chassis will do the job.
Kawasaki says that the carbon-fiber upper and lower winglets and aero work are a part of the “Intense-Force Design” along with the air ducting that feeds the supercharger. Designed with help from Kawasaki’s Aerospace Company, the winglets increased stability in the ultra-high speed range and were critical to the motorcycle’s overall design.
Finishing out the details, the tank is a black chrome and the trellis frame is in Kawa green, naturally.
Kawasaki set out to build the fastest accelerating bike in the world and therefore produced the most powerful. “The kind of acceleration no rider has experienced before” is Kawasaki\’s tag line for the H2.
Kawasaki Ninja H2R Specs:
- Engine: Supercharged Inline-Four Cylinder – Liquid-Cooled
- Displacement: 998cc
- Supercharger: Centrifugal, Scroll-Type
- Maximum Horsepower: 300 hp
- Frame: Trellis, High-Tensile Steel
- Front Tire: 120/60-R17 (Racing Slick)
- Rear Tire: 190/65-R17 (Racing Slick)
- Front Suspension / Wheel Travel : 43mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs / 4.7 in
- Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel : NEW Uni-Trak® with gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir, dual-range (high/low speed) compression damping, rebound damping and preload adjustability, and top-out spring / 5.3 in
- Front Brakes : Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston calipers, dual semi-floating 330mm discs, KIBS ABS
- Rear Brakes : Opposed 2-piston calipers, single 250mm disc, KIBS ABS
- Cooling System : Water-cooled