There’s a custom garage in Japan that specialises in some very special products and their latest offering is converting a Kawasaki Z125 Pro into a ‘baby’ Kawasaki Ninja H2! The mastermind behind this custom work is Project MC, a custom shop based in Nisshin, Aichi Prefecture and their latest handy work is too cool to miss. (more…)
Bimota is one company that’s seen more up and downs than a couple whose married for 30 years. It’s gone under a number of times but were rescued time and again. This time, it’s Kawasaki who handed the Rimini-based manufacturer the life jacket. They announced their buying of 51% of Bimota’s shares and unveiled the Bimota Tesi H2 at the 2019 EICMA show.
Kawasaki engines graced Bimotas before in the KB1, KB2 and finally KB3 until 1984. But this time, it’s the Ninja H2’s maniacal supercharged engine turn.
The H2’s engine platform is utilized in different guises and power outputs, ranging between 198 hp to 306 hp (without factoring in ram air) in the race only Ninja H2R. So, according to Bennets UK, the Tesi H2’s engine will be tuned to 228 hp.
The Ninja H2 is already a hefty sportbike at 238 kg, ready to ride. But the effects of the supercharger makes up for the weight penalty. There’s concern about the Tesi H2’s hub centre steering adding even more weight, but it was revealed that the bike will tip the scales at 214 kg, ready to ride. The 24 kg reduction points to the extensive use of carbon fibre.
That front swingarm may add visual length to the bike, but its overall wheelbase is actually 10 mm shorter than the H2’s.
Bimota began flirting with the centre hub steering in the original Tesi 1D in 1990. Developed by designer Pierluigi Marconi as his engineering thesis (Tesi means thesis in Italian). The setup promised to revolutionise a motorcycle’s front end by removing suspension forces from steering. Forks will dive and take up lots of available stroke due to weight transfer, thereby making it difficult to turn under hard braking. Besides that, the front end’s geometry changes as the wheel moves up and down.
The concept sounds great but it produces unfamiliar feel to the rider. It’s also expensive as it doesn’t find widespread use. Still, you can be sure to get everyone’s attention when you pull up on a bike with swingarms on both ends!
The Bimota Tesi H2 is expected to cost twice more than the Kawasaki Ninja H2.
There’s a new teaser video for a supercharged Kawasaki Z model.
This time, we get a small glimpse of how the new model will look like. The footage shows a sharp front with Kawasaki’s “River Mark,” supercharger, air intake, and so forth.
There is also a new TFT screen. We could see that the new bike will include cruise control, besides the required traction control and ABS.
We could only guess how the entire bike will look like at the moment but it won’t be long until the official unveiling on 23rd October. That date happens to be the beginning of the Tokyo Motor Show.
Kawasaki uses the “Z” designation for naked bikes in their line-up. Hence the new supercharged “Z” model is the naked version of the Ninja H2. As the 2019 Ninja H2 produces 231HP, we could only wait with bated breath to find out how much power will this bike make. This is the chance for manufacturer to claim the supernaked title. That honour is currently held by the 2019 KTM 1290 Super Duke R, whose engine produces 177 HP and 141 Nm of torque.
Ducati will also unveil their new Streetfighter V4 on the same date in their Ducati 2020 World Premiere. Based on the Panigale V4 which punches out 214 HP, Ducati is also on the path to introduce a contender for the most powerful supernaked.
The fight is on!
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-25R dijangka akan membuat penampilan sulung di Tokyo Motor Show 2019, Oktober.
Menurut laporan, jentera tersebut memiliki ‘rev range’ sehingga 20,000rpm.
Dalam tempoh beberapa bulan ini, Kawasaki dilaporkan sedang menghasilkan jentera Ninja 250cc versi baharu. Namun, tidak seperti jentera 250cc lain yang berada dalam pasaran, jentera ini memfokuskan terhadap prestasi semata-mata.
Jentera Ninja ZX-25R dijangka akan didatangkan dengan enjin inline empat silinder dalam usaha Kawasaki untuk menghasilkan enjin berkuasa tinggi meskipun dengan enjin bersaiz kecil.
Ninja ZX-25R dijangka mampu mengatasi pencabar lain tatkala enjin tersebut didakwa mampu menghasilkan sekitar 60hp – 10hp lebih tinggi berbanding Ninja 400.
Antara khabar angin lain adalah enjin ZX-25R mampu mencecah 20,000rpm!
Jika ‘dakwaan’ ini berasas, pastinya Kawasaki perlu menggunakan bahan yang ringan dalam proses binaan kerangka enjin.
Senario ini pastinya menyebabkan ZX-25R memiliki harga yang lebih tinggi berbanding Ninja 250 sedia ada. Difahamkan, reka bentuk Ninja ZX-25R akan diinspirasikan daripada rekaan Ninja H2 termasuk penggunaan lampu LED.
Ninja ZX-25R dijangka akan membuat penampilan sulung di Tokyo Motor Show 2019
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 may be the baddest motorcycle when it was introduced in 2015, but it’s now time for an update. Yes, 3 years is eternity in sportbike-dom. So, to stay ahead of the competition, the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2’s engine will produce 231 bhp, for starters.
Granted, no other bike apart from its track-only H2R and sport-touring H2 SX cousins are supercharged, but the relentless march of technology and one-upmanship has seen bikes like the Ducati Panigale V4 take over as the most powerful road-legal bike.
Kawasaki engineers are adopting the technologies developed for the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX, such as a new air filter, intake chamber, spark plugs and ECU. The 2019 H2 will not be fitted with the balanced supercharger from the H2 SX, though. These updates result in 231 bhp, while remaining Euro 4 compliant.
It’s not the engine which received attention, as the new bike will be fitted with Bridgestone RS11 tyres and the new Brembo Stylema calipers that made their debut on the Ducati Panigale V4.
Other updates include a new TFT instrument panel which now includes Bluetooth connectivity.
One novel feature on the 2019 Ninja H2 is a new paint which Kawasaki says is “self-healing,” as in “touching up” minor scratches when the weather is sufficiently warm. Developed in-house, the manufacturer claims that it is superior to such paints currently used in the industry.
Additionally, Kawasaki is launching the “Rideology” app for the bike, which allow owners to check on basic vehicle information, fuel, battery condition, riding log, service interval updates and so forth.
Kawasaki is showing off the 2019 Ninja H2 right now at the Bonneville Salt Flats Speed Week right now.
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