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There's lots of guys on here who're getting the H2 for apparently specific performance wants.I was just curious to hear some of the specific reasons.

Personally...I'm a regular guy who has owned Kawasaki bikes since 2001.Only sport bikes I should say.I've been down the cruiser road a few times.I couldn't get into that anymore.I wanted more from my bike.I went with a zzr1200 first...that started me on the road to having more fun riding.Then it was a zx12R...then in 2007,a zx14...and in 2012...the 14R.

This new bike came out...I immediately wanted it.It's sophisticated,yet violent;)I've never ridden a literbike...ever.But knowing my experiences with Kawasaki sportbikes...I felt the H2 would be a great riding machine.I live in a 'big sweeper' state....awesome roads here for a powerful bike.I'll never take her to the drag strip...or a track.I do intend to get out there and open er up...and can.Knowing the rideability of the 14R...I believe this bike will be as smooth if not moreso than that.I'm trusting Kawasaki on this.All my Kawasaki bikes have totally surpassed my 'expectations' in streetabilty.I've ridden other guys bikes...well...a few anyway...no 10's or anything like that(but supposed top models).The ones I did ride..they couldn't match even closely the ride quality of my 14R...this H2 seems to me to be in between the 10 and the 14...I think I'll really fit this bike.That's why I got mine...performance...fun...and comfort.The suspension upgrades on this new bike seem awesome...and all the rest of course.I got it for FUN...ease of maintenance(as all mine have been)...and uniqueness.I think having this particular bike is gonna really be a great experience for me.

Do I think the pricing is too high?No...I don't...it's yet to be seen how this bike actually performs in a street setting....but I can't even imagine it NOT being all it's said to be.Knowing Kawasaki's eye for everything important.

I remember contacting Kawasaki when I had my 2007 zx14.I called the main US office...and talked with the rep there...about the seat.Stupid sounding I know.This was after having it for like 5 years or something..and trying several home made seating mods I did myself.When the 2012 came out...they had redesigned the seat...it was awesome...virtually perfect for me anyway.They had changed the compounds...and changed the shaping of it.So I know they were listening to feedback from real world riders.And did something about it.Why am I saying this?Because I trust Kawasaki.Their engineers..their design team.Looking at the pics of this new bike...it appears that(silly as it sounds)the shape and fitment of the seat is going to be very nice...probably excellent for longer rides.That's just one thing.Among all the other cool areas of this bike...IMO.

How about you other guys here...what's YOUR reasons?Thanks all...glad we're here.
 

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Here are the reason I am getting one: Motocycle as always been my passion and in the past I have had a lot of dirt bikes and still have three and had a 1992 GSX-R1100, after that a 2003 GSXR1000, and now a 2011 ninja1000 and to me the ninja1000 was a little bit down on power compare to the other two (normal as it is not a supersport) I have done the usual mod to it (full exhaust with fuel injection control box) and it did bring it to an acceptable power delivery for me but still down compare to the other bike I had. Then in november 2013 Kawasaki came out at the Tokyo show with the annoncement that they where working on a supercharge engine that will be for a motorcycle and right away I was excited about it and for the past year every month I did Google for the Kawasaki supercharge engine hoping to get more detail about it and I promise myself that if they where coming out with a kind of supersport 1000cc supercharge package I would buy one. Then finaly they came out with the H2 that was all and even more then what I was hoping for (except a little more heavier and down on power that I have would like) but hey this is simply my dream bike! For some people it is to have a Porsche or a Ferrari but to me the H2 is my dream machine. I will keep my Ninja 1000 for my every day and trip riding and have the H2 to ride on Sunny weekend ! I could'nt be more happy and excited. :)
 

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Why would I get one? I started with the fasted 90cc - the Honda CB90, we could race all day and the cops never knew we were racing. I moved to the 175, the 350, and then the 750. Later bikes included the 1000 Katana, the Kawasaki 750 turbo, the Honda 500 and 650 turbos, the V-Max, a GSXR1100 and a GSXR750. I had a few Harleys and most recently a Ducati 749R with titanium and cf everything. While none are as sexy and satisfying as the CB90 was, I have had a lot of fun. The H2 just seems like a natural progression and a great gift for my 60th birthday.
 

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Since getting back into bikes in 2006 after a long Hiatus, I have owned multiple bikes. Finally got to the age and point in my career I could afford it. Owning several different kinds of bikes is nice for different occasions or moods. I recently sold a 2005 Triumph Thruxton hot rodded up with big bore kit, cams, race carbs, etc. Extremely fun bike and got a lot of complements, but it was a fickle bike that when hot was hard to start and would hiccup every now and then. So, I sold the Thruxton and started to save for a Norton Commando. They look great and have all the modern suspension bits with fuel injection. Been saving for a couple of years now waiting for them to finally be released over here in the States.

Well, before the local dealer in Dallas called me my Kawi dealer here in Oklahoma called me and told me about the H2 and H2R. After looking into the Hype I decided to forgo the Commando and order the H2 to be my new Hot Rod!

So I ended up purchasing because I was looking for a new Hot Rod and timing was right. But more importantly the H2 intriques me and I want to own it because in large part I'm proud of Kawasaki stepping up and showing the Europeans they can play too. Is it expensive? yes and no, the Commando was going to cost around $20K and if you purchase a MV or a high end Ducati you pay just about what the H2 costs. But the H2 is going to be a lot more exclusive.

Like Silverbird I plan on ridding this beast and I too think it will be fairly comfortable to ride. I'm thinking I might have a local fabricator make me some bar risers to make it a little bit more tolerable for longer rides. We'll just have to see.
 

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I switched to Kawasaki about 15 years ago with '00 12R. That bike won me for life. After many a night of foolish behavior that bike did nothing but keep me safe and love me back. A short time later I bought an 04 10R. It was a white-knuckled fight to the death but if I could marry that bike, I would have. One time after having the front end come up in 5th going a buck fifty I had this 'wth?' moment where I realized that Kawasaki was more American than America. It was a Declaration of Independence. I giant FU to the Gestapo. Everything I did with that bike was a crime and at the end of the day I never felt more alive. I used to lay awake at night and wonder how they got away with making stuff like that and selling to people, then I 'd fall asleep smiling.

Why the H2? I ride at 9/10ths. I trust their engineers. I see what they're doing and I love it. When a good thing comes along from Kawasaki, there's no living without it. Even if it eventually kills me, I'd rather die 40 having ridden it than die 80 without.

I've also become accustomed to being the fastest guy wherever I'm at. Don't know that I could sleep at night knowing it was out there. It would kinda ruin anything else I was riding, if that makes sense.
 

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Well..this post is really a shot in the arm...to hear you guys go on about your previous bikes...and your thought about this new bike....It's VERY VERY cool to hear you guys;)I'm really glad we all jumped on this freighttrain...I know it's gonna be a great machine...no doubts in my mind...and bar risers?I'm probably gonna look into that as well...but maybe not if it fits me okay....just have to see about the ergos.Regardless...I seriously doubt this bike is gonna be radical difference from my 14R...engine wise...response-wise/techwise...yes...but ergos wise....I think it'll be fine.
 

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They built it because they can...

I bought it because I can...

I'm a lifelong Kawasaki fan and owner. On seeing this bike I knew this was the Bugatti Veyron moment in motorcycle manufacturing.
 

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Why not?
 

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I switched to Kawasaki about 15 years ago with '00 12R. That bike won me for life. After many a night of foolish behavior that bike did nothing but keep me safe and love me back. A short time later I bought an 04 10R. It was a white-knuckled fight to the death but if I could marry that bike, I would have. One time after having the front end come up in 5th going a buck fifty I had this 'wth?' moment where I realized that Kawasaki was more American than America. It was a Declaration of Independence. I giant FU to the Gestapo. Everything I did with that bike was a crime and at the end of the day I never felt more alive. I used to lay awake at night and wonder how they got away with making stuff like that and selling to people, then I 'd fall asleep smiling.

Why the H2? I ride at 9/10ths. I trust their engineers. I see what they're doing and I love it. When a good thing comes along from Kawasaki, there's no living without it. Even if it eventually kills me, I'd rather die 40 having ridden it than die 80 without.

I've also become accustomed to being the fastest guy wherever I'm at. Don't know that I could sleep at night knowing it was out there. It would kinda ruin anything else I was riding, if that makes sense.
One day as a wolf or ten thousand years a sheep. I really get the bit about how Kawasaki's have always got you home. In Kawasaki I Trust...Its been the most consistent force in my life.
 
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