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Thread: Kawasaki Z H2: The 'Z' has been supercharged to 200 Ps!

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    Default Kawasaki Z H2: The 'Z' has been supercharged to 200 Ps!

    After more than our fair share of teasers and rumours, we finally have the real thing. Kawasaki has lifted the covers off of the supercharged Z, the Z H2. The ongoing Tokyo Motor Show played host to this unveiling from Kawasaki and it did not come alone. Kawasaki also finally unveiled the Ninja ZX-25R at the show!

    Coming back to the Z H2, the motorcycle, as stated before is powered by a supercharged inline-4 engine. It has been borrowed from the H2 but unlike its fully-faired counterpart, the focus has been on the low and mid-range. Kawasaki also wanted to make the Z H2's massive amount of power more tameable.

    They have achieved that by revising the supercharger inlet and ram air intake. To help the supercharged-gases escape, it’s matched with a new exhaust collection box that is longer and allows gases to mix before being passed through the single catalyst.

    Another bonus with this system is the Z H2’s end can is noticeably smaller than that of the H2 – and some other high-performance bikes of recent years.
    At a glance, it may seem that the Z H2 is just an H2 stripped of its fairing but it couldn't be farther from the real deal. Kawasaki has stated that the frame on the Z H2 is bespoke and exclusive to the supercharged streetfighter.

    Again, the motorcycle being a street-naked, the focus was to provide light handling. To do this Kawasaki has dispensed with some of the frame braces located around the top of the engine, possibly in a bid to introduce more flex into the machine, helping to maintain a more predictable street-focused motorcycle.

    With the above changes, it is obvious that the geometry has been tweaked as well. With 24.9° of rake and 104mm of trail, the Z H2 has a more aggressive front-end set up when compared to the H2 sportsbike, which runs 27° of rake and 103mm of trail. The result is a motorcycle that is more flickable while still within the boundaries of providing good all-around stability.

    Another major change pertaining to the chassis is the new swingarm, which is not the single-sided one that is there on the H2. Instead, Kawasaki has borrowed tech from the Ninja ZX-10RR and its double-sided swingarm, mounting it directly onto the rear of the engine via a newly designed swingarm pivot plate.

    Coming to the suspension, the Z H2 gets Showa Separate Function Big Piston Forks, with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability. The rear shock is a Uni Trak Showa set up that sees the shock sit low down within the swingarm assembly.

    Following the trend of high-spec motorcycles, the Z H2 gets a fantastic pair of anchors to shed the supercharged speeds it is capable of hitting. Radially-mounted Brembo M4.32 Monobloc callipers up front, gripping 290mm discs and a twin-piston calliper and 226mm disc at the rear.

    Expanding on the braking department and permeating into the electronics suite, the Z H2 features KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System). In English, an ABS system managed by the central IMU that helps prevent rear-wheel lift and maintains stability.

    Other bells and whistles include Riding modes; port, Road, Rain, Rider, Power modes; Full 197bhp, Middle 147bhp, Low 98bhp, Kawasaki Launch Control, Kawasaki Traction Control, Kawasaki Quick Shifter, and Cruise control. There isn't a lot Kawasaki has left out when it comes to the electronics suite of the Z H2.

    Controlling all of the parameters and tech above is not going to be a hassle either. The Z H2 gets a full-colour TFT LCD screen displays speed, gear, shift light, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, range to empty, current/average fuel consumption, outside temperature, coolant temperature, clock, Economical Riding Indicator, IMU indicator, KIBS indicator, boost pressure and boost temperature. A bit too much information if you ask us but hey, we aren't complaining.

    The Z H2 features smartphone connectivity as well. It has a built-in Bluetooth module that connects to your smartphone and the Kawasaki Rideology App. Once hooked up you can view riding logs that include GPS information and bike stats that can be recorded to watch back later.

    While riding, the app continuously tracks vehicle speed, engine speed (rpm), gear position, throttle position, front brake fluid pressure, vehicle acceleration/deceleration, current fuel consumption, and coolant temperature. The app can also display a ride summary, showing data like the route travelled, total distance, total time, MPG, speed, max lean angle and so on.

    Kawasaki Z H2 Specs:

    Engine: 998cc, Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four, 16-valve DOHC

    Intake system:
    Kawasaki Supercharger

    197bhp (claimed) @ 11,000rpm

    137Nm (claimed) @ 8,500rpm

    6-speed, return, dog-ring

    High-tensile steel trellis

    Tyre (front):
    120/70ZR17 M/C 58W

    Tyre (rear):
    190/55ZR17 M/C 75W

    Suspension (front):
    Showa SPF BP forks

    Suspension (rear):
    Showa shock - Uni Trak

    Brakes (front):
    Brembo M4, 290mm discs

    Brakes (rear):
    Twin-piston calliper 226mm disc


    Ground clearance:

    Seat height:

    Weight (kerb):

    Fuel capacity:

    Last edited by NewsReaper; 10-24-2019 at 01:53 PM.

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