You guys have already begun to speculate on what Kawasaki intends to do with the H2 moving forward. We think Kawasakis next move is more about the technology then the H2 itself.
Back in March it was quietly announced that Kawasaki had trademarked the "Ninja R2" name in Europe along with several variations in Japan.
The trademark case details don't tell us terribly much. We do know that it was first registered in August 2013 and it was registered by KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA (doing business as KAWASAKI HEAVY INDUSTRIES, LTD.)
KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA is the same name that applied to patent both the Turbine and the Supercharged Engine
Granted, a name isn't much, well we went looking for a bit more. Turns out KAWASAKI JUKOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA registers all KHI's high profile, high tech patents. We feel it is significant that the trademark has been registered by KHI itself and not their subsidiary Kawasaki Motors Corporation, which is perfectly capable of applying themselves.
We're not quite sure what this all means, but we are positive that Kawasaki is interested in getting more mileage out of their breakthrough technology.
Japanese magazine Young Machine recently published a report claiming that Kawasaki is working on a lower spec version of the H2, called the R2. The idea is logical as it would allow Kawasaki to retire the H2 and H2R as bonafide Halo bikes, while still able to capitalize on the technology. In the same issue YM also mocks up the rumored 650cc supercharged Ninja S2.
If you asked us we would tell you that we think Kawasakis biggest opportunity with Superchaged technology is in SE Asia where consumers are constrained by punitive displacement laws restricting most riders below 250cc. A supercharged 250cc Ninja would satisfy that markets growing taste for powerful and fast bikes without breaching the displacement bracket.
Regardless, Kawasaki is expected to show one or both of the Ninja R2 and S2 at the Tokyo Motor Show at the end of October. Stay Tuned.