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    Default Kawasaki Z H2 is on its way and so is the era of hypernakeds!

    Kawasaki shook the motorcycling world when they introduced the supercharged H2 hyperbike and the even crazier track-limited H2R. The 'Japs' are back at it and this time around it is a streetfighter from the Kawa stable that is getting Supercharged. Make way, part the seas, and post-haste as the Kawasaki Z H2 is coming!



    One of the long-standing facts of the motorcycling world is that when it comes to horsepower, more is never enough. Another trend that most of us have seen in the recent past is the rise of naked sportbikes or streetfighters. Combine the above-stated facts and what we have on hand is a battle of supernakeds from various manufacturers.

    With Superduke from KTM and Tuono from Aprilia, the battle for streetfighters with power in excess of 150 bhp was already raging and adding fuel to the fire is the upcoming Streetfighter V4 from Bologna. The Kawasaki Z H2 is Japan's answer to the above-mentioned monsters. A supercharged streetfighter which might very well be the final push to the transition from supernakeds to hypernakeds.

    It all started with a glam-teaser from Kawa which hinted at a new supercharged model. Further teasers hinted that it might be a Z model. Most people thought that it might be the Ninja 1000 (known as Z1000SX in some markets) and it is not a bad guess too case in point, the H2 SX SE hypertourer.





    But Kawasaki stunned the world when the spy shots came around and it was certain that it was a streetfighter. Why we refer to it as 'a streetfighter' and not the company's flagship streetfighter Z1000? It is simply because the spy shots suggest that the Kawasaki Z H2 is closer to a Ninja H2 than a Z1000. If you already have a monstrous faired motorcycle, you just rip the fairing off and you have a monstrous streetfighter... sound strategy indeed.

    The H2 was a radical overhaul of the usual sportbike recipe. It arrived in 2015 with a claimed 210 bhp on tap and accelerated like nothing else on the road. And Kawasaki did not stop there, the 2019 model pushes the envelope even further with 228 bhp. While no official figures are out yet, we expect the Kawasaki Z H2 to be close to the 200 bhp mark which will put it right on top of the ongoing horsepower battle in the supernaked category.

    So much power on a streetfighter does not make a lot of sense, right? No say these manufacturers. Let us go back to the Brutale Serie Oro which made more than 200 bhp! A limited-edition that needed wings to keep the front wheel on the ground. The same goes for the Kawasaki Z H2 which sports large wings to lend the bike some much-needed downforce. But then, Kawasaki could also use the monstrous power available to boost the mid-range in lieu of the top-end because, at the end of the day, the Kawasaki Z H2 is still a streetfighter.

    The new naked also comes equipped with a TFT dash (as previously shown in the teaser videos), as well as cruise control and multiple riding modes. This is indicated by the switchgear visible on the left-hand control, which can also be found on existing models like the Versys 1000 SE sports adventure bike.

    Despite the multiple modes, we expect the new bike to feature manually-adjusted conventional suspension, with the shot of the front end appearing to show a set of Showa big piston forks. What this could lead to is a pricier SE version for 2021, complete with electronic springs, which has previously also been the case with the H2 SX, ZX-10R and Versys 1000.





    Other things visible are dual LED headlights, alongside Kawasaki’s signature supercharged logo. There's also a small flyscreen that will go some way to prevent wind buffeting at high speed and for additional practicality, it also features a roomy pillion seat.

    What does the Z H2 do about the stringent Euro5 regulations? It does away with the traditional Z1000 four exit shotgun pipes in favour of one bulky end can. While the supercharger alone could have helped the bike pass, probably Kawasaki did not want the Z H2 to be too... sedate.

    We are waiting eagerly for the official unveiling of the motorcycle set to happen on the 23rd of October 2019.
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    Looks like a brutish Sugomi beast!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzysaravana View Post
    I don't think its competing with Diavel its trying to compete with Ducati V4 Street fighter naked but If you compare it to MV Augusta 1000 Series Oro then specs are Meh I mean MV is almost 40-50 kgs lighter and makes almost 214 bhp power and even looks are not even comparable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dandamudi Mohan Krishna View Post
    I don't think its competing with Diavel its trying to compete with Ducati V4 Street fighter naked but If you compare it to MV Augusta 1000 Series Oro then specs are Meh I mean MV is almost 40-50 kgs lighter and makes almost 214 bhp power and even looks are not even comparable.
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    It actually competes with nothing..It's a menace it's own supercharged segment. A simple ECU reflash will unlock 50 more horses making it 250 PS. Further mechanical mods and this engine will unleash 300 horses!

    So none of the European machines can even be compared with the Z H2, H2 SX, H2 or the H2R.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzysaravana View Post
    It actually competes with nothing..It's a menace it's own supercharged segment. A simple ECU reflash will unlock 50 more horses making it 250 PS. Further mechanical mods and this engine will unleash 300 horses!

    So none of the European machines can even be compared with the Z H2, H2 SX, H2 or the H2R.
    If you're talking about going full blown ECU reflash and everything then it would be faster, also you can add super charger to any European bike its not a difficult job but that's a different topic, as bike right out of factory the bike is a meh in comparison .
    Also power is not everything its the weight too, which is important just to give perspective the Bugatti Chiron Air cap on tires weighs few grams when stand still when its doing higher speed run it becomes many kilos similar when a bike is moving its weight moves too in order to stop a bike in corner as late as possible you would need lighter bike or very big brakes.

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