Ninja H2 banner

1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
200 Posts
Discussion Starter #1 (Edited)


From the expansive network of spooks and sleuths comes this little looksie at the Alien invasion currently underway in Birmingham, UK.

My informants inform me that the bikes arrived via laser beam and are currently under military scrutinisation. The Queen is rumored to be locked in her powder room just in case.

David Cameron could not be reached for comment.

H2 and H2R will be on display at Motorcycle Live in Birmingham from Saturday November 22 to Sunday November 30...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
220 Posts
So does that mean that these bikes are for display purposes only, or are these some of the first models to be delivered to paying customers?

They do look pretty intimidating when there are three of them in a row staring you down.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
200 Posts
Discussion Starter #3
So does that mean that these bikes are for display purposes only, or are these some of the first models to be delivered to paying customers?

They do look pretty intimidating when there are three of them in a row staring you down.
...

H2 and H2R will be on display at Motorcycle Live in Birmingham from Saturday November 22 to Sunday November 30...
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
82 Posts
So does that mean that these bikes are for display purposes only, or are these some of the first models to be delivered to paying customers?

They do look pretty intimidating when there are three of them in a row staring you down.
It would be interesting to see who those belong too. I suppose those H2Rs have been accounted for. It might be for display purposes only but once the woners come around they won't be on display for too long.

Man thats a lot of moula just sitting around in a lot. Could use more security, just saying ;)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
82 Posts
I forgot to mention the UK boys are lucky because from 22-30 everyday Kawi will be running the H2R on the dyno once a day.

So jealous....
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
554 Posts
I Wouldn't be surprised if they do that on our side of the puddle for the big shows. Specially say... new york ;);)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
220 Posts
I've never seen or heard of a live dyno run, but that is a really good idea, especially with a bike like this. I want to see the exhaust pipe glow red with heat in real life.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
216 Posts
The other non-H2 bikes still on the truck are in the same rigs... I'm quite sure that my 2014 ZX-14R ABS didn't come to Canada that way.

Perhaps they are only used to transport display bikes to the Motorcycle Shows.
That's exactly what they're used for stealthrider....
 

·
Administrator
Joined
·
275 Posts
I like those crates for transporting the H2's.... they look heavy duty.
Yeah those things look like they can take a hit lol

The other non-H2 bikes still on the truck are in the same rigs... I'm quite sure that my 2014 ZX-14R ABS didn't come to Canada that way.

Perhaps they are only used to transport display bikes to the Motorcycle Shows.
either that or perhaps when bikes are $30k they would use those for transport
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
84 Posts
One will probably be used as a press bike and will be nicely setup by Mother K before it hits the docks. They won't allow a press bike to be setup by a dealer as too much is at stake.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
278 Posts
Good point about that press bike, it sure does make sense especially seeing how big of a deal it is already. Flying out some guys from HQ is easy 'insurance' for them to influence how well it goes.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
84 Posts
I've got no proof to back up this story but my experience of this was definitely true.

Back in '84 I bought the first Ninja 900 that came to my area. It was the first anyone had seen at that time. It's VIN showed it to be very early build date.

The competition at that time was the Yamaha 1100 aircooled bike (can't remember the name) that was faster than the 900 according to all the magazines by a fair amount but these were the two hottest bikes to be had back then.

It had a recall on the rubber diaphragms in the carbs so I took it in to the shop to have it done and the head mechanic took it out for a spin with my permission.
He comes back in with the rotors blue and a big grin on his face saying that my 900 was way faster than the Yam 1100 that he also sold ( again this was not supposed to be true but was apparently). He was truly impressed and puzzled by this.

Sometime a little later I did a valve check and found that I could not get the hash marks on the cam sprockets to line-up correctly, cam timing was hand set differently than other bikes of the same kind. I then checked further and found that quite a bit of hand polishing had been done to the intake tract as well.

All I knew at that point was that I had a 900 that would eat a 1100 alive and a lot of custom handcrafted minor changes to benefit performance that were not done to any other Ninja 900 we ever saw ???

Never did figure out what was going on but my friends and I finally decided that I had a "press bike" that was destined for the magazines to report on (due to the very early build date) but was never released to the press.

Now if that was true then that was kinda chicken**** on the part of Kaw but the other brands probably did the same thing. This sort of thing may still be going on but on the other hand the early H-2 (2 strokes) came with bigger carbs initially but later in production Kaw gave them 2mm smaller carbs to tame the beast a bit. (chains and tires back then could not cope with big power).

Still have that bike.

Fretka
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top