Kawasaki H2

Kawasaki H2 Review: “It becomes intense once you turn; this 2.7 million-worth model isn’t expensive” by Takao Aoki

It has a sharp throttle response and it has a bold torque at low and medium speed. Its super-dreadnought 998cc engine and supercharger has an intense power as I imagined, but surprisingly, I can still drive it normally in the streets.

I was nervous about its handling being unmanageable, but it has a wide powerband and there wasn’t a conflict when I rode it while it circulated with a high gear. Its body is light for its class and it has a good foothold. I was surprised because even without exerting much effort, I was able to ride it with ease at 3,000rpm.

Of course, I couldn’t use up high rpm on public roads. The supercharger takes effect from 5,000 rpm, and its 6,000 to 8,000rpm torque is impressive rather than intimidating. When you don’t use the traction control, it would only show its real performance at the circuit, even without stepping hard on the accelerator.

When I released the accelerator pedal, I heard a backlash noise that only exists in superchargers; I could remember the excitement in driving it when I turned on its monster engine. I’m already good even with just this setting. Even if I didn’t ride with unreasonable speed on the public road, I was fully fascinated how it dashed when I repeatedly stepped on and pulled away from the accelerator pedal.

Its handling was also responsive and light. It is not like the ZX-14R that’s thick and heavy, or the 10R that is light. It settles in between. The front and rear suspensions also move smoothly, and it doesn’t have a bad riding feel. You don’t need to be anxious about its unconventional appearance and astounding specs because you can definitely travel normally with it.

Aside from its appearance that wouldn’t make you look ordinary, this is the only current model that has an engine with supercharger. Albeit its many great features, you can certainly ride it normally; I hope you do enjoy riding it as well. Once you already have it, I believe its 2.7 million yen price would become rather inexpensive to you.

â–  5 Star Rating
Power Source: ★★★★★
Footwork: ★★★★
Comfort: ★★★★
Foothold: ★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Takao Aoki | Motorcycle Journalist

He became a motorcycle journalist after becoming member of the editorial department of a motorcycle journal. He is an expert in domestic and foreign motorcycle culture and has experienced doing coverages in America, Europe, as well as in Africa and Southeast Asia. Through the knowledge he personally acquired from MX Race activities and ample touring overseas, he has been making commentaries about motorcycles from his own point of view. He is currently taking part in various media such as motorcycle journals, general magazines and the web.

(Translated by Claire Marie Sausora)