There are no doubts regarding the fact that the Kawasaki Ninja H2 is one of the most revolutionary motorcycles of the 21st century. The motorcycle will always be recorded in the history books for its incredible match of design and performance, and to be more specific, the fact that it is the world’s first ever motorcycle to sport a supercharged engine under its skin.
There was absolutely no need or requirement sought from Kawasaki to make the Ninja H2 even better, for the fact that many of us are still drooling over the photos of the motorcycle and die to seek a sight of this mighty machine from Kawasaki on the roads, even after two long years since its first launch happened. Though, for 2017, a periodic update has been given, and in addition, Kawasaki has launched a limited edition version of the motorcycle, the Ninja H2 Carbon. As the name suggests, the Ninja H2 Carbon will sport some carbon fiber parts over the standard version, though there is more to the story. Here’s our quick overview of the all new Ninja H2 Carbon:-
There is no denying fact that the Kawasaki Ninja H2 has been the most futuristic motorcycle on sale today, thanks to its out-worldly design. The overall styling of the motorcycle has been purely alien, which may not to be of everyone’s taste, but it’s definitely one exemplary example of craftsmanship hard to ignore. This is the reason why Kawasaki has not changed the styling of the motorcycle even by an inch on the new Ninja H2 Carbon as well, considering the fact that the motorcycle continues to outrun even the latest of the motorcycle with its extrovert design language.
The front fairing continues to be the same rakish and huge unit as before, with smooth lines flowing from the centrally-stacked projector headlamp which is assisted with two LED daytime running lights below it. The projector headlamp is flanked by an air scoop on the left side and an air vent on right side, for ram air intake. The carbon fiber fins of the H2R (on which it is based) have been replaced by practical fairing mounted rear view mirrors which come with integrated turn indicators. The fairing comes incorporated with a chin spoiler so as to facilitate downforce for maximizing high speed stability. However, as a change over the standard Ninja H2, this front fairing is made up entirely of carbon fiber, with the carbon fiber finish extending all way from the top two edges aside the visor to the chin below the headlamp.
The main significance of this front fairing is the special ‘River Mark’ emblem, which proudly sits above the projector headlamp. The emblem is a testimony to the fact that the Ninja H2 Carbon has been designed by the motorcycling unit of Kawasaki Heavy Industry (KHI) group in conjunction with all its other units, which include gas turbine and machinery company, aerospace company, rolling stock company, precision machinery company, ship and offshore structure company and plant and infrastructure company. This coveted emblem is used in only the prestigious machines of the KHI group, and the Ninja H2 is one of them.
The entire design of the Ninja H2 has the prime focus on aerodynamics, in order to make the motorcycle one of the most proficient motorcycles in terms of performance and high-speed dynamics. This can be judged by the styling of the various body panels, including the side fairing which unlike the other Ninjas give the H2 Carbon a semi-naked look, the fuel tank, the rear cowl and the rear view mirrors - all are shaped so as to minimize the effects of forthcoming wind blasts. The other catchy elements of the H2’s side profile are meaty dual exhaust pipes and 10-spoke star-shaped alloy wheels. To make the Ninja H2 more practical in comparison to the track-bred H2R, Kawasaki has made the rear profile much acceptable and beautiful by giving the H2 LED tail lamps and large rear fender. Another visual change which separates the H2 Carbon from the standard H2 is the fact that the trellis frame on the H2 Carbon is finished in green color, unlike the black colored frame of the standard H2.
Kawasaki did introduce two major additions on the new Ninja H2 Carbon, when it comes to equipment. Firstly, the motorcycle’s set of electronic riding aids now adds in KQS up and down quickshifter and Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF), which only help in handling this beast in an even more simpler manner than before. Secondly, the instrument console, which has been lifted off from the previous model of the motorcycle, now adds in a sensor for the bank angle as well, apart from the usual digital readouts of speedometer, odometer, trip meters, gear indicator, along with a long list of tell tale indicators which also include those of electronics, as before.
Like the overall design, Kawasaki has chosen not to fiddle with the gem of an engine which the standard Ninja H2 comes fitted with. The new Ninja H2 Carbon is powered by the same inline four, liquid cooled, 16-valve, 998cc motor as the standard H2, which with the assistance of ram air induction, churns out a whopping 208 PS of power.
The intake system of this engine is complemented with the Kawasaki supercharger which helps the motorcycle to pump out superb acceleration figures. The compact side cowls and under cowl are designed for allowing the easy air flow which helps in cooling the engine effectively. The engine is paired to a six-speed transmission.
This is where another slight talked about improvement has been done on the new Ninja H2 Carbon. While the new Ninja H2 Carbon employs the same 43mm fully adjustable upside-down forks at front as before, the rear now gets a new Uni-trak Ohlins TTX36 monoshok with piggyback reservoir, which only has made the overall riding dynamics even sharper than before. The dual 330mm discs at front and a single 250mm disc at the rear for the braking purposes are the same as before as well.
As expected, like the standard H2, the new Ninja H2 Carbon too comes fully loaded with electronic gizmos, the list of which includes Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-lock Braking System (KIBS), electronic steering damper, Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM) and Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), which help in taming this stupendous beast a bit easier on hands.
The Ninja H2, when launched, became the most exclusive and expensive Kawasaki motorcycle to be sold in India. However, given the fact that Kawasaki now sells even the much more premium and powerful track-only Ninja H2R in India, the Ninja H2 is not the most expensive Kawasaki motorcycle in India any more. Though, the additional equipment which the new Ninja H2 Carbon packs in over the standard H2 has bumped up its price, which now stands at Rs. 39 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), which is almost 7 lakh more than the standard Ninja H2. And there’s a catch – only 120 units of Ninja H2 Carbon will be made worldwide, so grab it if you are rich and lucky enough!
Currently, there is no other motorcycle in the Indian market, which can challenge the credentials of Ninja H2 Carbon in a head-on manner. The exclusivity of Ninja H2 Carbon of being the only supercharged motorcycle on the planet places it in an entirely different category, to which no other motorcycle belongs to. Though, considering the electronic systems which it is equipped with and the power and performance it delivers, the BMW S1000RR is the closest competitor to the Ninja H2.
The flagship supersport of BMW has been redesigned substantially, featuring the same devilish asymmetric design, but with new elements. Under the fairing too, the S1000RR produces 201PS of power, and rivals the Ninja H2 Carbon in terms of overall performance, in-gear acceleration figures and top speed. The S1000RR too comes with a host of electronics which are available in the Ninja H2 Carbon, and also gets a segment-first cornering ABS.
With the Ninja H2 Carbon, Kawasaki has just showed that there is still more madness which can be oozed out of the H2’s platform. The motorcycle, with its added carbon fiber parts, captivating green colored frame and additional equipment over the previous generation H2, shows the true craftsmanship of the folks at Kawasaki. Sure, the extra 7 lakh rupees which the Ninja H2 Carbon asks over the standard Ninja H2 is definitely not worth the additional changes which it bears over the latter, though if you are that filthy rich and want to stand out from a crowd which already is a niche and exclusive one, the Ninja H2 Carbon can be traded in for.