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What bikes will the Kawasaki Ninja be competing with?
Seeing how it will be a bike with an engine said to be around 750cc with a supercharger, it seems like it could compete with a wider range of bikes than any bike with a normally aspirated 750cc engine or anything around it.
 

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I see it romping with the best Europe has to offer...

S1000RR
RC8
Panigale 899 and 1199
Aprilia RSV4

Of course the Japanese competition is always relevant

CBR1000RR Fireblade
R1
GSX-R1000
 

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its kind of hard to find a suitable bike to battle it with, I do not know about the track performance but perhaps a 1500cc hayabusa is a good match for the h2
 

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Its not like there is tons of options in this part of the market. Most of the relevant competitors I think are here. What would you say is the market leader right now?
 

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It doesn't compete with any current bikes because it simply can't.


1.) In racing: Supercharged engines are not permitted in racing.


2.) On the drag strip: a turbo modded busa will be cheaper and is faster.


3.) At track days: the wheelbase seems to be longer based on the picture with Jeremy Toye on it. A longer base will throw off the geometry for fast cornering.


Also the German Kawasaki marketing director stated in an interview on Intermot (video to be found on YT) that this bike 'will do' on the track put clearly said it will do better on the straight and mentioned American drag racing for enthusiast, rendering professional racing out.




The H2R is a public relations stunt for people who collect unique vehicles and show up occasionally on track days or shows just for fun and not for competition.


The H2 will be quicker than the current hyper bikes, hence 14 and Busa in top speed and acceleration but is still no match against the handling capabilities of a S1000RR or any other of the current 1000cc superbikes..
 

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Also the German Kawasaki marketing director stated in an interview on Intermot (video to be found on YT) that this bike 'will do' on the track put clearly said it will do better on the straight and mentioned American drag racing for enthusiast, rendering professional racing out.
Be greatly appreciated, McCarthy, if you would kindly provide a direct link to this interview on YT... it certainly isn't listed in the ones put up by Kawasaki itself.

Many thanks in advance for the link! :)
 
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