Here’re the all important things that you need to know about the newly launched Kawasaki Ninja H2R 2021.
Kawasaki has finally brought back the mothership of all liter-class supersport machines in the Indian two-wheeler market, the Ninja H2R. After a small period of absence owing to transition to BS6 emission norms, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R has been launched once again in India as the new flagship motorcycle from the Japanese manufacturer.
Here are some key points to know about the all-new 2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2R.
Design – Retains the visual appeal of its predecessor
The new 2021 Kawasaki Ninja H2R continues to wear the same design which used to be the forte of its predecessor model. The Ninja H2R rightfully looks the more aggressive form of the road-biased production model, the Ninja H2.
While the Kawasaki Ninja H2R retains the aggressive-looking full fairing, front fascia, fuel tank and tail piece, it misses out on the LED projector headlamp, rear fender, rear view mirrors and turn indicators. All these omissions, in addition to aerodynamic winglets on fairing and windscreen, do make it a more purposeful track-oriented machine as compared to the standard Ninja H2.
Engine – One of the most powerful engines out there
The track-oriented Kawasaki Ninja H2R continues to use the technologically superior four-stroke, inline-four, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 998cc engine. Currently, the only motorcycle engine which employs a supercharger, the engine of the Kawasaki Ninja H2R makes 310 PS @ 14,000 rpm of maximum power and 165 Nm @ 12,500 rpm of maximum torque.
With ram air induction, the power output shoots up to 326 PS. This engine on the Kawasaki Ninja H2R is mated to a 6-speed gearbox, which is assisted beautifully by a slip and assist clutch and bi-directional quick-shifter.
Mechanical Hardware – It is easily the best for a Kawasaki bike ever
The Kawasaki Ninja H2R, being a track-only motorcycle has been rewarded with the finest mechanical setup a Kawasaki motorcycle has ever been adorned with. The motorcycle comes with a suspension setup of 43mm inverted hydraulic telescopic forks at the front and an Ohlins TTX36 gas-charged monoshock at the rear, both of which are fully adjustable.
The motorcycle also benefits with an electronic steering damper sourced from Ohlins and a full titanium exhaust. When it comes to brakes too, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R gets the best-in-business dual 330mm disc brakes with four-piston Brembo M50 monobloc calipers at the front and a single 250mm disc brake with two-piston Brembo caliper at the rear.
List of electronic riding aids – It has got a plenty
In past, the Japanese liter-class motorcycles might not have been as rich as European motorcycles when it comes to list of electronic riding aids on offer. However, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R manages to change that very notion.
The track machine is armed with top of the line suite of electronics, including cornering ABS, slide control, wheelie control, traction control and engine brake control. It also has an Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) sourced from Bosch, which allows the rider to get a view of bank angle display and maximum bank angle recordings on the instrument console.
Colors and Variant – There is only one
The Kawasaki Ninja H2R is a made-to-order track-specific motorcycle, which is not made for everyone, but only a few lucky ones. The motorcycle is available in a single fully-loaded variant, and the only color option in which it is being offered is a super exclusive mirror coated matte sparkle black. Debuted in the first-ever Kawasaki Ninja H2, the major highlight of this paint scheme is that it uses a special coat, which enables the minor scratches on them to eradicate itself.
Pricing and Competition – Belongs to the super exclusive brigade
The Kawasaki Ninja H2R, as mentioned above, is a motorcycle not for everyone, which is proven by its astronomical price tag of Rs. 79.9 lakh. At this price, it joins the super exclusive brigade of track-only supersport machines like BMW M1000RR and Ducati Panigale Superleggera V4.
While the BMW M1000RR is already available in India with a price range of Rs. 42-45 lakh for the two variants in which it is on sale, the Ducati Panigale Superleggera V4 is yet to arrive back in India with BS6 emission norms.