I started getting interested in the bike during the time they we're releasing those initial teaser pictures (like the one below) & vids. Like many it really got my interest that it was supercharged, always been a fan of supercharged & turbo sports cars. Owned Kawi.'s since I was 12 years old, few of their dirt bikes & later sport bikes including a ZX-10R. But the teaser pics & vids were done really well & when Kawi. started showing actual pictures of the bike it struck a cord in me, really liked how aggressive it looked & while the styling is polarizing, I loved it. Then started reading more about the development w/ KHI & the technical stuff. From the pictures & videos the mirror paint looked amazing, the singled sided swingarm, side fairings, the SC, M50 Brembos, the ram air tube & loved how the rear of the bike looked, the single seat w/ rear pad, the seats adjustable side panels & the look of the tail. I was following the bikes progress but when it came to deposit time I was caught napping & didn't step up, was focused on my other bikes, other things in life, etc.
Then started hearing about how much they restricted the bike in the ecu & shortly after I got to see one in person. I'm detailed oriented, what blew me away is how the biked looked in person, the green frame didn't look like pictures it was old school candy metallic so were the decals, the way this looked against the mirror paint you can't capture in pics. The welds in frame, swingarm. The huge chain. The LED headlight & fangs. The special attention to all the bolts & fasteners, the finishing of parts, just looking at things from the footpegs to the swingarm & upper stem nuts, everything was so one off w/ custom touches, the parts are unique & at a such high quality. The details & finishing reminded me how Ducati manufacturers the Panigale but the H2 had more attitude. A lot of times you love the way a bike looks but would change something, everything on the H2 (well cept the exhaust) was just freakin mint.
Also liked that the bike was "limited" almost like how Ferrari does where each bike had a customer attached, it wasn't going to be sent in mass to dealerships to unload. But that worked against me too, after I saw one in person & knew I had to buy one I checked around locally to purchase the bike but got the same story, you had to have put down a 10% non refundable deposit during the ordering period to get a bike. Expanded the search using the Kawi website, looking for dealerships state wide, no luck, neighboring states, no luck. Called Kawasaki for help but that didn't work. I was on my 3rd day of making phone calls expanding my search South & West when I contacted a dealership in Romney West Virginia, 6 states away. I've never been to West Virginia, Romney is 400+ miles from my home in Long Island NY. I'll probably never forget that phone call:
Same question from me that I've been asking for 3 days;
ME: "I'm interested in buying a new H2, by any chance do you have one in stock"?
SALES GUY: "We actually do, we had a customer that ordered the bike & his financing fell through"
ME: "It's a brand new bike & you have it in stock?"
SALES GUY : "Brand new, hasn't rolled out of the dealership, I'm looking right at it"
ME : "How much out the door not including state taxes as I live in NY & do you have the gift kit"
SALES GUY : "The gift kit is here, $24,000 out the door"
ME : "Sorry what was your name again?"
SALES GUY : "George"
ME : "George, put a do not sit sign on the bike, it's sold, how much do you need for a deposit"
George : "$500 would do it"
ME : "Here's my credit card #"
Following weekend my wife & I drove to West Virginia & I rode it home. Never forget that ride either. 1st oil change was on the 2nd day of ownership. Countless tires & forum posts later still in love w/ this awesome machine.