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Mechanically the two bikes are relatively to be identical, its expected that the road going H2 may be offered in a different state of tune to the H2R but that is unconfirmed as of yet. For now perhaps we stick to the visual differences, or more appropriately, the lack there of.



As you can see from the transition there are two distinct visual differences evident right off the bat. First, the H2R offers a Double Bubble windscreen conducive to constant tucking on track, providing a much better flow up and over the riders back. The second noticeable difference is the exhaust pipe. As much as we would all love shorty megaphones there are regulations for emissions and decibels that need to be met.

The Aero effects are not likely to make the road going H2, we know for certain the upper wings will not be present, its yet to be known if the lower winglets will disappear as well.



Slightly harder to notice in the gif is the protruding rear fender and signal stalks. Also of note the gif makes it seem like the H2 and the H2R will have differing wheel bases, if only slightly. I'm not sure if this is just a consequence of the video where the picture came from or one that will show up at EICMA as well.



The last significant visual difference are the tires, we expect a street bike to have treads, it does. The H2R was displayed with Bridgestone Racing Battlax v01's. Based on the tread shown here the road going H2 will come equipped with Bridgestone Battlax RS10's





Luckily both the H2 and H2R will be offered in that spectacularly sexy Black Chrome Mirror finish.

As for the less noticeable differences, well you'll just have to wait until EICMA on Tuesday November 4th ;)
 

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the nose and bodywork do seem to smooth out significantly on the H2. I'd like to see the lower winglets remain on the road going version, if they do in fact create that vacuum cooling effect I think they're even more necessary on the street than on track. I don't think anyone is interested in suffering the consequences of heat soak...
 

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the nose and bodywork do seem to smooth out significantly on the H2. I'd like to see the lower winglets remain on the road going version, if they do in fact create that vacuum cooling effect I think they're even more necessary on the street than on track. I don't think anyone is interested in suffering the consequences of heat soak...
precarious on a road bike, especially if they're integral to cooling imo. How easy will they be to simply snap off...
 

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the nose and bodywork do seem to smooth out significantly on the H2. I'd like to see the lower winglets remain on the road going version, if they do in fact create that vacuum cooling effect I think they're even more necessary on the street than on track. I don't think anyone is interested in suffering the consequences of heat soak...
This is the point I have been making since the first engine pics.
I'm surprised Kawi is not running any type of intercooling after the supercharger.
If this is true. I think meth injection is going to be a smart and popular mod.
Especially on a street bike, and specifically in areas where 93octane and better is not available.
 

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Good point on meth injection, that is something which i can see guys doing to this bike, along with knowing the availability of fuel types.
 

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On the stock I'm told service is do at 15 hours of run time , hour counted only when the bike hit 8k and up... A light will tell you it's time for service ... Service is not small thing , it includes rod and valve replacement .. So lets say Don gives you full power ? That service is coming a lot quicker ... The service is just like the dirt bikes ( in hours of use ) So you turn up the power you may need service at 7 hours of run time over 8k and up .. I'm all for more power but at what cost ?
 

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My bike is my Joker for Special days not a horse for every day Road expedition

So i think 280hp are a good Base for the h2 on the Roads.
the Service will be oftentimes but the fun on this will be more and more;)
 

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On the stock I'm told service is do at 15 hours of run time , hour counted only when the bike hit 8k and up... A light will tell you it's time for service ... Service is not small thing , it includes rod and valve replacement...
I'm don't know who told you that but the Kawasaki Service manual for the H2R lists connecting rod and exhaust valve replacement every 60 hours above 8,000 rpm. The H2 manual list no hourly service.

Of course the more power you make the faster you will wear out your engine, but 7 hours seems a bit pessimistic. I know people were waiting for the part numbers to be listed so we could see if the rods etc between the H2 and H2R were the same part, did they figure that out yet?
 

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I'm don't know who told you that but the Kawasaki Service manual for the H2R lists connecting rod and exhaust valve replacement every 60 hours above 8,000 rpm. The H2 manual list no hourly service.

Of course the more power you make the faster you will wear out your engine, but 7 hours seems a bit pessimistic. I know people were waiting for the part numbers to be listed so we could see if the rods etc between the H2 and H2R were the same part, did they figure that out yet?

How did you get your hands on a H2R service manual?????? >:D

I have checked to see if I can find any other part numbers lingering for the H2R as far as crank or rods and haven't found anything.

I gave some #'s to Don tonight though so we'll see what we can order!
 

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Keep in mind that 8000 rpm is 120mph, so getting 60 hours at that speed will take a while, unless you enter a lot of endurance races. You would have 7,000 plus miles on the bike at that point, which is pretty good for a race motor.
 

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Some specs for you guys comparing the H2 to the H2R

H2R
Length - 2,070mm (81.50")
Width - 770mm (30.3")
Height - 1,160mm (45.67")
Wheelbase - 1,450mm (57.09")
Road Clearance - 130mm (5.12")
Curb Mass - 216kg (476lbs)
- Front - 114kg (215lbs)
- Rear - 102kg (225lbs)
Caster (Rake Angle) = 25.1*
Trail - 108mm (4.25")
Front Tire - 120/600 R17
Rear Tire - 190/650 R17


H2:
Length - 2,085mm (82.09")
Width - 770mm (30.3")
Height - 1,125mm (44.29")
Wheelbase - 1,455mm (57.28")
Road Clearance - 130mm (5.12")
Curb Mass - 238kg (525lbs)
- Front - 124kg (273lbs)
- Rear - 114kg (lbs)
Caster (Rake Angle) = 24.5*
Trail - 103mm (4.06")
Front Tire - 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire - 200/55 ZR17
 
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