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H2 Impressions from India:

For the full article from Motoroids India: How's it like to own the Kawasaki Ninja H2 in India? Owner Pushkar Khot shares his experience | Motoroids

Here is what Pushkar had to say answering our questions:

How many kilometers have you clocked on your new Kawasaki Ninja H2?

I have clocked a little over 1,200 kilometers on the Ninja H2 till now and the motorcycle is due for its first service.

Which motorcycles did you own prior to the Ninja H2?

Before the Kawasaki Ninja H2 made way to my garage, I have owned the Honda CBR1000RR, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Kawasaki ZX-10R, Suzuki Hayabusa, Ducati Monster 769 and Ninja250R.

Why did you choose the Ninja H2? Did you consider some other motorcycles before making a decision?

My love for the Ninja H2 started brewing a few years ago when I first saw Kawasaki’s new supercharged engine when it was first revealed by Kawasaki a couple of years ago. I was quite excited to learn about the supercharged engine hence I waited to see their final product, which came out last year in the form of the Ninja H2. Yes, I did consider the 2015 BMW S1000RR and the Ducati Panigale 1299 but it was the Ninja H2 that I finally fell for.

How is the handling? Is it nimble or does it require an extra effort?

I have owned a Suzuki Hayabusa for over a year and a half. Hence, I find the Kawasaki Ninja H2 to be much lighter. The Suzuki Hayabusa, which weighs nearly 260 kilogram, is about 22 kilogram heavier and has a longer wheelbase than the Ninja H2. So, for me, the Ninja H2 is relatively light. When it comes to handling, I find the Ninja H2 to be very nimble. It might not be as nimble as the ZX-10R on the track because of the slightly higher weight and a few other things, but how many times are your going to visit a race track anyway?

How friendly is the riding position/ergonomics?

The Kawasaki Ninja H2 boasts great ergonomics, evident as one tucks himself into the hip-supporting pads behind the rider-only seat. The seat supports the rider during intense acceleration and high speed runs. Similar to many supersport motorcycles, the riding position of the Ninja H2 is very aggressive and one may find it difficult to ride over long distances. Riding the motorcycle in bumper to bumper traffic too is very difficult.

How is the power delivery and gearshifts? This is a new motorcycle so you would still be running it in but how was your experience over the 1000 km you have clocked on this motorcycle?

The H2 boasts tremendous power. It’s quite docile upto 4000 rpm, post which you feel a momentous thrust that I have experienced on no other superbike till date. Its around the 4000 mark that the supercharger really starts working its magic. The power, post the 4K mark gets into a different zone, though it starts building progressively thereon. Another step-up in power is felt at around 8000 rpm. In fact, in my personal view, the Ninja H2 delivers near identical thrust in the 3rd and the 4th gear which many other motorcycles in its segment manage only in the 1st and the 2nd gear.

The gear shifts are precise too but one may have to some trouble finding the neutral sometimes. The Ninja H2 is equipped with Dog-Ring transmission which delivers quicker and smother gear shifts. The Quickshifter too works flawlessly and I find it to be smoother than the likes of the BMW S1000RR , Aprilia RSV-4 and the Daytona 675. I have owned and ridden many powerful motorcycles in the past but the Ninja H2 delivers incomparable power and one has to ride it to believe it.

How well do the brakes respond? How would you rate Kawasaki’s safety net (ABS, Traction Control)?

The Ninja H2 comes 330mm Brembo semi-floating discs with a thickness of 5.5mm at the front and 250mm single disc at the rear. Both brakes offer phenomenal response and do a fine job of stopping the motorcycle with utmost ease. The ABS and Multi-mode traction control are a blessing. The traction control fulfills its duty very well but I’m not sure if it is as good as the Yamaha YZF-R1’s electronic net.

The Ninja H2 also has a rev limiter which can be set at desired rpm, ranging from 9,000 rpm all the way to 14,000 rpm mark. The Ninja H2 also has four power modes and each has one of these modes have a three stage traction control setup. You can also opt to ride the Ninja H2 in Rain mode which limits the power output to 50 percent while the traction setting goes to the highest level.

How is the headlight performance at night?

The Ninja H2 comes with a factory fit HID light hence it offers bright illumination but it is not as effective as the Kawasaki ZX-14R which comes with four separate lights.
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