- New Kawasaki H2R – wow……
280 odd horsepower on the ‘R’ trackday version. 😯
And the best looking, most brutal new Kawasaki for years to boot.
Just a project bike at the mo, so 2016 for the roadbike?
God, it reminds me of the GP Bike, which looked like it’d kick you in the balls for looking at it the wrong way.
Saw this too in Bike mag, Icon ‘Iron Lung’ Sportster:Posted 5 years ago
Isn’t that just spot on?aka_GiloMember
Not particularly my cup of tea but good to see the Japanese fighting back against the current European dominance (welcome though that is).
No one needs or can use that sort of power. I don’t need and can’t use all the 160bhp my current bike has, but damn, it’s fun trying 😀Posted 5 years ago
It’s a huuuuge step forward in the power stakes – 90hp up on the current incumbent and a massive statement of intent from Kawasaki.
Very interesting engineering solution as well, a supercharger in this application should be a better proposition than a turbo and the trellis frame is an interesting solution to the packaging and cooling problem.
No weight figures yet but the power to weight ratio for this should be unreal.
Northwind – Member
I just assumed that was a cutaway pic and that the actual bike’d be fully faired?
Dunno – this is the concept bike, but it looks pretty finished.Posted 5 years ago
Be nice if they left it, tbh.vinnyehSubscriber
While this is, as pigface says, delightfully bonkers, it’s strictly a track weapon, so has no limitations placed upon it’s design or price.Posted 5 years ago
What’ll be interesting will be to see how it translates into a road bike, especially how much power they think they can retain.
grenosteve – Member
A teaser video showed those exhausts glowing red.
Was that on track? A lot of bikes’ll glow their exhausts on a dyno, especially with thin tube exhausts (my little SV’ll do it and it makes about as much power total as this thing does per piston :lol:)
If it does it in everyday use, then I declare it double plus awesomePosted 5 years ago
I never got the KX500/CR500 thing… As a super moto on the road, I can see it (and I’m sure it would be a hoot), but that engine in an off road bike! 😯 You’d ahve to brave/skilled!
I guess they where most popular in America where you have lots of desert/open spaces to let them loose…Posted 5 years ago
Out of curiosity are there any race classes nowadays that accommodate superchargers/turbos?
Not that I know of… But I’d love to see a MotoGP rider take it out and see what the lap times are compared to a GP bike.
I’m not sure if it would be accepted in the TT or not either??Posted 5 years ago
grenosteve – Member
I never got the KX500/CR500 thing… As a super moto on the road, I can see it (and I’m sure it would be a hoot), but that engine in an off road bike! You’d ahve to brave/skilled!
I guess they where most popular in America where you have lots of desert/open spaces to let them loose…
I had, for a fleeting moment in time, a DT400. It too was a bit mental and quite a handfull around my (old) local quarry.Posted 5 years ago
I got shot of it as it too was either on or off and spat me off the back more than one occasion, I exchanged it for something more docle, a Montessa 250 Cota.
The styling is interesting.
It’s a logical progression of what they’ve been doing since the 2003 Z1000.
But, to me, this is the first genuinely brutal Kwak road bike since the original ZXR750 and much the better for it.
Not a fan of the Transformers look usually either, but this hangs together perfectly.Posted 5 years ago
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