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Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Review 2022

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Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Review 2022

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Kawasaki is on the verge of pulling the covers off an updated version of the supercharged Ninja H2 SX sports tourer as part of its 2022 model range.

The new Ninja H2 SX is the first Japanese mass-production motorcycle and the world’s first sport tourer to be equipped with Bosch’s Advanced Rider Assistance Systems (ARAS). Complemented by the new core system, ARAS uses millimetre – wave radar sensors mounted fore and aft to sense other vehicles in proximity to the Ninja H2 SX and provide three new features: Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Blind Spot Detection (BSD), and Forward Collision Warning (FCW). The peace of mind offered by these systems contribute to next-level comfort and enhanced rider confidence. Additional first-time functions include Vehicle Hold Assist (VHA) and Emergency Stop Signal (ESS).

Highlights of Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

The new Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX is Kawasaki’s most advanced Sports Tourer ever; the ultimate integration of the highest standards of technology, performance and riding comfort. New dedicated features like the ARAS system provide real world benefits including adaptive cruise control and blind spot detection. Integrated into the new 6.5” colour TFT instrumentation is Kawasaki’s SPIN Infotainment system. Experience the exhilaration of the unique balanced supercharged engine for both long distance touring and daily riding. The best technology is that which becomes a natural extension of ourselves and sets us free.

• Brand Name — Kawasaki
• Model Name — Ninja H2
• Vehicle Type — Sport Bikes
• Body Type — Sport Bikes
• Colours Option — Black
• Engine Type — Liquid-Cooled, 4-Stroke In-Line Four, DOHC, 16-Valves
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 998 cc
• Maximum Power — 200 HP @ 11000 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 137.3 Nm @ 9500 rpm
• Number of Cylinders — 4
• Number of Gears — 6
• Emission Norms — BS6-Compliant
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Start — Electric
• Mileage — 10-12 km/l (approximate)
• Accelerate (0-100 km/h) — 3.07 seconds
• Braking System — Dual Channel ABS
• Clutch — Hydraulic
• Seat Height — 830 mm
• Ground Clearance — 130 mm
• Kerb Weight — 256 kg
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 19 litres
• Price — ₹ 22,89,000
• Warranty — 1 Years / Limited Warranty,
• Optional Warranty — 2, 3, 4 Years
• Official Tagline — Supercharge Your Journey

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Review 2022 – My Attitude My Bike

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Review 2022

One of Kawasaki’s best all-around sport bikes gets new additions this year to make it better for touring—including adaptive cruise control, collision detection, blind spot monitoring, and more. Make no mistake: the legendary big 4 Japanese bike brands have always taken their high-end sport bikes seriously, but Kawasaki is out to turn heads with this year’s Ninja H2 SX SE.

There’s no major updates here when it comes to the powertrain; this year’s model of the bike still boasts the 998cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC 16-valve in-line four that it had the year before. But we do mean “boasts”, because that engine is something to write home about, especially in the streamlined Ninja H2 SX SE—producing an extremely impressive 197 hp and 101 lb-ft of torque @ 9500 rpm. Yikes.

There have been upgrades in the form of new cam timing, a longer collector pipe, a larger muffler, and a somewhat revised transmission that makes it easier to shift into neutral. But the biggest changes are the radar-based features listed in the first paragraph of this article, plus a new six-axis IMU in the bike’s ECU to improve its Advanced Rider Assist system. Oh, and did we mention there’s a 6.5 inch TFT screen now as well to help you keep track of everything? Nice.

To top things off, there’s a new version of the semi-active suspension from last year’s SE+ model—Showa Skyhook Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment helps the bike react to impurities in the road’s surface, and a new radial-pump Brembo master cylinder for the brakes improves their feeling and performance. Last but not least, Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tires replace the S21s from last year. This is rubber you’ll be happy to keep on the road.

Only one color choice here: Kawasaki’s distinctive combination of Emerald Blazed Green/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Graphite Gray. But with everything this bike offers, you want it to look distinctive. It stands out proudly in the 2022 Kawasaki motorcycle lineup.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Review 2022 : Specification

The H2 SX and SE are essentially touring-focused versions of the manic Ninja H2. As a result, they sport similar design cues, albeit with a larger fairing that covers the engine. The rear, however, has received some changes to offer better pillion comfort and to mount panniers, including a redesigned, smaller exhaust canister, which is now placed closer to the ground.

As this is a tourer at heart, the fuel tank capacity has gone up to 19 litres, which is 2 litres more than the H2. The windscreen has also received a slight redesign and now sits more upright for better wind deflection. Further affirming its touring traits, the clip-on handlebars are positioned higher while the footpegs have been pushed slightly forward for a comfortable riding posture. In terms of features, the LED headlights and the instrument cluster are carried over from the H2. Other features include cruise control and cornering-based electronic aids. On the contrary, the H2 SX SE features a full-colour TFT display, LED cornering lights, launch control and a bi-directional quick shifter.

However, they have received slight modifications for better touring comfort. For example, the steel trellis frame has now been modified to be rigid enough to easily bear the load of a pillion and two panniers mounted on both sides. Kawasaki also claims that the frame is now rated for a payload of up to 190kg. For increased stability, the steering rake and the wheelbase have also been increased.

Being a sports tourer, the Kawasaki H2 SX is in its own segment and doesn’t really have a rival to compete against in India.

Key Features of Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

• Single-sided Swingarm,
• Oil Jets,
• Electronic Throttle Valves,
• Öhlins TTX36 Rear Suspension,
• Aerodynamically-Designed Bodywork,
• Dog-Ring Transmission,
• KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter),
• KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function),
• Hydraulic Clutch & Back-Torque Limiter,
• Öhlins Electronic Steering Damper,
• Bank Angle Display

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Review 2022 : Engine & Gearboxe Features

• Engine Details — 998cc, Liquid-Cooled, 4-Stroke In-Line Four, DOHC, 16-Valves
• Fuel System — Fuel Injection: Ø 50 mm x 4 with Dual Injection
• Cooling — Liquid Cooling
• Engine cc (Displacement) — 998 cc
• Maximum Power — 200 HP @ 11000 rpm
• Maximum Torque — 137.3 Nm @ 9500 rpm
• Number of Cylinders — 4
• Emission Norms — BS6-Compliant
• Ignition — Digital
• Lubrication — Forced Lubrication, Wet Sump with Oil Cooler
• Compression Ratio — 11.2:1
• Bore — 76.0 mm
• Stroke — 55.0 mm
• Valve System — DOHC, 16 Valves
• Number of Gears — 6
• Gearbox Type — 6-Speed, Return, dog-ring
• Final Drive — Chain
• Fuel Type — Petrol
• Start — Electric
• Mileage — 10-12 km/l (approximate)
• Accelerate (0-100 km/h) — 3.07 seconds

Chassis & Suspension Features of Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

• Frame (Chassis) — Trellis, High-Tensile Steel
• Handle Bar — Aluminium Forged Handle Bar
• Front Suspension — 43 mm Inverted Fork with Rebound and Compression Camping, Spring Preload Adjustability and Top-Out Springs
• Rear Suspension — New Uni-Trak with Gas-Charged Shock, Piggyback Reservoir, Dual-Range (High/Low-Speed) Compression Damping, Rebound Damping and Preload Adjustability, and Top-Out Spring
• Front Wheel Travel — 120 mm
• Rear Wheel Travel — 139 mm

Wheels, Tyres & Break Features of Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

• Wheel Type — Alloy Wheel
• Wheel Size — 17 inches
• Front Wheel Size — 17″
• Rear Wheel Size — 17″
• Tyres Type — Tubeless
• Front Tyre — 120/70ZR17 M/C (58W)
• Rear Tyre — 190/55ZR17 M/C (75W
• Breaking System — Dual Channel ABS
• Front Brake — Dual Semi-Floating 330mm Discs
• Rear Brake — Single 250mm Disc

Physical Measurement Features of Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

• Overall Length — 2135 mm
• Overall Width — 775 mm
• Overall Height — 1205 mm
• Ground Clearance — 130 mm
• Seat Height — 835 mm
• Wheelbase — 1480 mm
• Kerb Weight — 256 kg
• Fuel Tank Capacity — 19 litres
• Trail — 103 mm
• Rake — 24.7°

Comfort & Safety Features of Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

• Self Cancelling Indicators
• Electric Start
• Engine Kill Switch
• Riding Modes
• Engine Stop Switch
• Pillion Footrest
• Pillion seat
• Step-up Seat/Split Seat
• Pillion Grabrail
• USB Charging
• Stand Alarm
• Kawasaki Traction Control

Electrical Features of Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

• Electric System — 12 V DC
• Battery Type — Maintenance Free
• Charger Type — Super Charger
• Battery Capacity — 8 Ah
• Voltage — 12 V
• Head Light — LED
• Tail Light — LED
• Turn Signal
• Automatic Headlamp On (AHO)
• Pass Light

Instrumental features of Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX

• Speedometer — Analog
• Tachometer — Analog
• Trip Meter — Digital
• Odometer — Digital
• Clock — Digital
• ABS Light
• Fuel Gauge — Digital
• Low Oil Indicator
• Low Battery Indicator
• Service Remainder
• RPM/Gear Display
• Rev-limiter Indicator
• Malfunction Indicator
• Gear Indicator
• Engine Check Indicator

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Review 2022 : Impressive Looks

Although the design of the motorcycle has changed, it is not a radical departure from the previous model. The front section has smaller intakes on either side of the headlight, while the windscreen looks a bit wider and the bodywork around it is more streamlined.

The bike still features cornering lights and the mirrors look to be the same as well. However, the fairing seems to be entirely new and has differing slats to that of the old bike.

Being a tourer the new H2 SX does have a pillion seat with enough padding, but it looks to have been set a tad too high. Another thing that has changed on the bike is the instrument cluster, which has gone completely digital and also looks to be a fairly large one.

But, the most important aspect of the 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX spied on test is the new tech it has onboard and it has got everything to do with the hexagonal shaped radar unit that sits below the headlight.

Having joined hands with Bosch, Kawasaki looks to have fitted the H2 SX with its first radar-guided cruise control system. The system would alter the speed of the motorcycle based on the speed of the vehicle in front by automatically applying the brakes and would follow it at a distance set by the rider.

However, instead of only relying on a radar system, Kawasaki has also made use of a camera system, something Tesla prefers and uses in its cars.

The camera system works with the onboard GPS for the in-built navigation system to scan the road ahead and prime the motorcycle in order to help the rider tackle a situation with ease.

For example, if the camera spots a turn up ahead, the GPS system would add more information like if it is a hairpin bend or a swooping curve.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Review 2022 : Powertrain & Range

A 200hp, supercharged touring bike was always going to get my vote. But now, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX isn’t just a 200hp supercharged touring bike, it is the most comprehensively specified sport-tourer ever created. Or so say Kawasaki. And they’re probably not far wrong, because now, as well as it’s supercharged engine, it’s fully kitted out with radar.

Ok, it’s not the first bike to roll off a production line with radar technology (that was the Multistrada V4 a year earlier), but it’s the first supercharged one. And as per previous radar enabled motorcycles, the new H2 SX has Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) and Blind Spot Detection (BSD).

This is the system that, using a rear radar, lets you know, via a light on the rear-view mirror, if there’s a vehicle occupying your blind spot. Brilliant. That’s definitely something that’ll make motorcycling safer.

The Kawasaki system, developed with Bosch, has three distance settings, so you can decide how close you want to get to the vehicle in front before you’re bike slows down to their speed. If you want to plod along at the speed of all the other traffic, then ACC is great. But if you want to get a move on (you are on a bike after all), it doesn’t make a lot of sense.

Of course, being a top of the range touring bike, you get all sorts of other tech. All the rider modes you could ever wish for, keyless ignition, LED cornering lights. You even get tyre pressure monitors and Vehicle Hold Assist; handy if you like riding in the mountains.

There are actually eight different versions of the 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX and SE. That’s to say both the SX and the SX SE come in as ‘Standard’, ‘Tourer’, ‘Performance Edition’ and ‘Performance Tourer’ spec; with each having a bit more kit on than the last.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Review 2022 : Performance

An important aspect of creating a street-friendly sportbike or touring machine is fuel economy. So while the H2 SX’s engine and supercharger appear very similar to the H2’s, they have actually undergone several changes aimed at making the bike more practical for street riding and touring purposes. The first step was increasing the engine’s thermal efficiency by increasing the compression ratio from 8.5:1 to 11.2:1, with new cast aluminum pistons, cylinder heads and cylinders.

The intake and exhaust cam profiles were shortened to match the reduced airflow requirements of street riding, and the supercharger was redesigned with a new impeller, intake chamber, cams and exhaust components. Kawasaki USA didn’t provide estimated fuel economy numbers, but the European release we got at the EICMA show claims the H2 SX betters the current Ninja 1000 sport-touring bike, which averaged 37.3 mpg when we last tested it back in 2014.

Next up on the street-smart list is payload capacity and stability, and the redesigned trellis frame now boasts a 430-pound capacity and is ready to accept Kawasaki’s matching hard side cases. The single-sided forged aluminum swingarm was lengthened by 0.6-inch for added stability at speed, and the steering lock was increased to 30 degrees both left and right for easier low-speed maneuvering.

The H2 SX will be available in two trim levels. The base model includes electronic cruise control, all-LED lighting, a 2-mode LCD display, 3-mode Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Kawasaki Intelligent ABS (KIBS), Engine Brake Control, three power modes (Full, 75-percent and 50-percent) and a 5-axis Bosch IMU with a sixth axis (yaw) calculated by Kawasaki’s proprietary software developed through World Superbike racing experience.

The H2 SX SE adds LED cornering lights, a full-color TFT display, a larger windscreen for touring, Kawasaki Launch Control Mode for wheelie and wheel spin control, a quickshifter for clutchless up- and downshifts, braided steel brake lines, heated grips and a centerstand. Both models feature a fully adjustable 43mm KYB fork and fully adjustable KYB 40mm rear shock with remote preload adjuster.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX Review 2022 : Riding & Comfort

On the road, the H2 SX falls a little short. Yes, the fully-adjustable suspension is impressive, its ride quality is excellent, you’re never jolted out of the seat and the front doesn’t dive for cover when you apply the brakes. For the majority of the time the Kawasaki H2 SX performs as you’re expect a 260kg sports tourer to behave…

However, we never felt fully confident with the feel from the front end feel. We don’t know if it was the cold road conditions, the Bridgestone BTS21 rubber, or something about the bike’s geometry but the front end always felt slightly vague and as a result we never had the confidence to throw the H2 SX on its ear. No, it’s not meant to be a sports bike but I’d we still prefer more feedback.

The handling questions that arose on the road weren’t an issue on track. With heat in the Bridgestone rubber, and the suspension tweaked for the track, the lack of front end feel wasn’t significant. On long, sweeping corners the H2 SX was unfazed and predictable. Ground clearance was impressive, as was the rear end grip.

While the electronics do a remarkable job of dealing with so much power and make the power accessible. Yes, the H2 SX is certainly more tourer than sports, it doesn’t have the agility of the Z1000SX, but for a big comfortable bike it wasn’t fazed when asked to perform outside its design window on track.

Our Opinion

The Ninja H2 SX series offers next-level supercharged performance combined with a focus on long-distance comfort, making this high-performance sport tourer truly one-of-a-kind. The all-new 2022 models come equipped with Advanced Rider Assistance Systems (ARAS) and other updates to the engine and body, bringing together the kind of looks and touring potential worthy a Kawasaki flagship model.

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