I was once having a chat with my friend. He was extolling the virtues of Japanese auto manufacturing. He made his case with the Nissan GT-R, calling it the most value-for-money supercar around, even if it’s a bit unpolished. I agreed with him on most points as they were quite well-founded. However, what he did not mention and I found out later is that one can never count Japanese folks (and machines) out. Case in point? The topic of our discussion today called the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2. The motorcycle, along with its siblings – the Ninja H2 Carbon and Ninja H2R – has come to India. Let’s see what has Kawasaki changed in the MY 2019 bike and if that makes it a better purchase proposition than before.
|Specifications||2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2/H2 Carbon||2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2R|
|Price||Rs 34.50 lakh/Rs 41.00 lakh||Rs 72.00 lakh|
|Engine||DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected supercharged 998cc inline four-cylinder petrol||DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected supercharged 998cc inline four-cylinder petrol|
|Power||231HP/243HP with rain air||310HP/326HP with ram air|
|Transmission||6-speed manual||6-speed manual|
|Front Suspension||43mm upside down fork, fully adjustable||43mm upside down fork, fully adjustable|
|Rear Suspension||Uni-Trak Öhlins TTX36 monoshock, fully adjustable||Uni-Trak Öhlins TTX36 monoshock, fully adjustable|
|Front Brake||Dual 330mm discs with dual 4-piston calipers, ABS||Dual 330mm discs with dual 4-piston calipers, ABS|
|Rear Brake||Single 250mm disc with single dual-piston caliper, ABS||Single 250mm disc with single dual-piston caliper, ABS|
|Mileage||Who cares?!||Who cares?!|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||17 litres||17 litres|
What’s new about 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2?
I’ll talk about the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 primarily here as the other two bikes are its derivatives. If you want to see more info about the Ninja H2 Carbon and Ninja H2R, check the table. I will still cover their finer points here. That said, what’s the biggest change about the Ninja H2 in 2019? More power! Because one can never have enough of power. This time around, the Ninja H2 makes 31HP more power than before, taking the total to 231HP as compared to 200HP (without ram-air) previously.
Kawasaki must have done extensive work on that supercharger to make it run with more boost, plus better internals. The company is not saying it out loud so one can dismiss the prior statement as a guess. What’s not to guess is another big change in the form of Brembo Stylema brake calipers that replace the highly-praised M50 monobloc calipers. Reducing the volume between brake pistons and pads, they provide more direct braking response by letting brake fluid take up less internal space.
The other biggest change is the introduction of highly-durable paint which has a self-healing layer. However, it will recover from small scratches only and not from those made by coins, keys, and other hard objects. Owners should notes this bit if they like their bike neat and shiny. More changes come in the form of a colour TFT display, new Bridgestone Battlax RS11 tires, and LED lighting all around. Not to miss is Ninja H2’s jump on connected vehicles’ bandwagon with a Bluetooth chip built into the new digital display to let the rider connect their smartphone to the bike. The connection is established via an app called Rideology. Detail-oriented folk will also note a revised Supercharged emblem.
The 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 continues to be powered by a DOHC, 16-valve, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 998cc inline four-cylinder supercharged engine that makes 231HP/243HP with ram air intake, and 141.7Nm torque. This engine is mated to a six-speed return-type manual gearbox with a slipper clutch. The bike gets 43mm upside down fork up front with 120mm travel and rebound/compression/pre-load adjustability.
The rear is suspended by a Uni-Trak Ohlins TTX36 monoshock with 135mm travel and compression/rebound/pre-load adjustability. It gets twin 330mm discs up front with Brembo Stylema 4-piston brake calipers. At the rear, there is a single 250mm brake disc with one twin-piston caliper.
Is the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 worth consideration?
The real question here is if one has the money to buy it, what is he/she doing considering this motorcycle instead of booking one? The 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 has more power, has more features, has three variants for now. Perhaps the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX will join them soon and deserves a standalone piece. The fact is this – there is no bike (from the factory) more powerful than the H2. Moreover, no other bike has a supercharger onboard.
Unlike the BMW S1000RR HP4 RACE, Ducati 1299 Superleggera or the Aprilia RSV4 RF, this bike isn’t a limited edition model. Yes, the H2R isn’t street-legal but for most, the Ninja H2 would be more than enough of a fast bike. Bookings for the 2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 are open (all the way to October 31, 2018) and deliveries will commence next year. For those who want a more liveable Ninja H2, there’s the Ninja H2 SX. Instead of considering buying one, book one today!
2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 – Synopsis
- Prices start from Rs 34.50 lakh (ex-showroom)
- Bookings open till October 31, 2018; deliveries to begin next year
- New features include self-healing paint, more powerful engine, new coloured digital display, LED lighting, Bridgestone Battlax RS11 tires, and Brembo Stylema brake calipers
- Riders can connect their smartphone with the bike via Bluetooth and Rideology the App
- Engine – Liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 998cc four-cylinder supercharged
- Power/Torque – 231HP (243HP with ram air intake)/141.7Nm
- Gearbox – 6-speed manual with hydraulic assist and slip clutch
- Front suspension – Fully adjustable 43mm Upside Down Fork
- Rear Suspension – Uni-Trak Ohlins TTX36 full adjustable monoshock
- Front brakes – Dual 330mm discs with Brembo Stylema 4-piston calipers
- Rear Brake – Single 250mm disc with one 2-piston caliper