Kawasaki H2 SX – Back to the future


Whether you enjoy winding through the mountains, riding across the plains, or just heading down the highway, Ninja H2 SX will forever change your touring experience.

The substantially reworked engine also boasts a new flavour of supercharger to smooth out the power delivery, and soften the H2’s dramatic punch. It’s also there to allow the 998cc inline-four to muster 200PS peak power and 137.3 n.m of torque, while achieving much-improved emissions, and the same sort of fuel economy you’d expect from the Versys 1000.

There’s also electronic cruise control, traction control and engine braking control and KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function), which uses an IMU to monitor engine and chassis performance throughout the corner, modulating brake force and engine power to get the best transition from acceleration to braking and back again.

The dash has a analogue-style tachometer that is complemented by a full digital LCD screen which shows all the useful information you need. There are two selectable display modes (Touring or Sport) to allow riders to prioritise what they see on screen.

The Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX comes with a two year unlimited mileage warranty. Please talk to our staff to find out more about the Kawasaki factory warranty extension to four years that is available or have a look at the warranty tab on this page. 

Kawasaki really have set a new benchmark in motorcycle engineering.

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Cornering Management

Using feedback from the compact Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that gives a real-time picture of chassis orientation, KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner – from entry, through the apex, to corner exit – modulating brake force and engine power to facilitate smooth transition from acceleration to braking and back again, and to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner. On the Ninja H2 SX, KCMF oversees the following systems:
-KTRC (including traction and wheel lift control)
-KIBS (including pitching and corner braking control)
-Kawasaki Engine Brake Control
-KLCM (SE-only)

Everyday Usability & Supercharged Acceleration

Achieving an engine that could deliver superb fuel efficiency and gratifying acceleration at street-riding speeds started with increasing the compression ratio in order to increase the engine’s thermal efficiency.  From there, the supercharger, combustion chamber, cams, and intake and exhaust components were all redesigned.  The result is a versatile engine character that enables relaxed long-distance riding, easy manageability at slow speeds, and – when called upon – the exhilarating acceleration that only a supercharged engine can deliver. 

Cooler Running & Lighter Weight

The more efficient engine also generates less heat than that of the performance-hungry Ninja H2, whose base engine construction needed to handle the more than 300 PS of the mighty Ninja H2R.  Less heat translates to greater rider comfort.  And unlike the Ninja H2 with its voracious appetite, the engine flows less air, meaning quieter operation and the possibility of a lighter exhaust system – less air in means less air out, so smaller exhaust volume to be quietened.  In total, the new engine, including the exhaust system, is approximately 3 kg lighter. 

Fuel Efficiency

The Ninja H2 SX’s superb fuel efficiency represents a significant increase over the supercharged engine of the Ninja H2, and is on par with that of the Z1000SX and Versys 1000.  Combined with its 19 litre fuel tank, this gives the Ninja H2 SX a substantial cruising range. 

Sportiness & Wind Protection

Full-fairing bodywork contributes to both wind protection and the Ninja H2 SX’s sporty looks. The full fairing was possible thanks to the highly efficient engine, which gives off significantly less heat than that of the high-performance Ninja H2. The bodywork strategically shields the rider without being too large, balancing rider comfort and aerodynamics. On the SE model, a large windscreen further protects the rider from windblast, offering even greater touring comfort.  

Relaxed, Sporty Riding Position

The riding position for the Ninja H2 SX was designed with both sport riding and comfort in mind.  Not as far forward-leaning as the ZZR1400, and not as upright as the Z1000SX, the Ninja H2 SX’s riding position offers a more relaxed bend for both the elbows and knees than the ZZR1400.  Realising high-speed performance with an upright riding position is difficult to achieve, but thanks to the Ninja H2 SX’s superb wind protection the riding position more comfortable than that of the ZZR1400 was possible.  The position is comfortable for both in-town riding and long touring, while still enabling the rider to enjoy sporty riding in the hills. 

Clean-Mount Pannier System

The mounting system for the accessory panniers allows the panniers to be attached and removed very simply, contributing to increased convenience. Seamlessly integrating the panniers with the rear of the bike, the clean-mount system positions the panniers close to the bike centreline, and, thanks to its clean clutter-free design, ensures the rear of the bike still looks good with the panniers removed.  High-speed testing on Germany’s Autobahn ensures stable operation with panniers. 

New Trellis Frame

The Ninja H2 SX features an innovative trellis frame like the Ninja H2, but to be able to accommodate a passenger and luggage, the frame needed to be completely redesigned.  Its 195 kg payload is comparable to that of the Z1000SX.  And increased rigidity and a longer wheelbase deliver the stability for riding at highway speed with panniers, while a 30o steering angle facilitates low-speed manoeuvres 




Instruments LCD display
Warranty 2 years unlimited mileage
Service Interval 4000 Miles/Annual
Valve Clearance 15200 Miles


Frame Trellis, high-tensile steel, with Swingarm Mounting Plate
Wheelbase 1,480 mm
Trail 103 mm
Front Suspension 43 mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs
Front Wheel 17"
Front Wheel Travel 120 mm
Front Brake Dual semi-floating 320 mm discs. Caliper: Dual radial-mount, monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Front Tyre 120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
Rear Suspension New Uni-Trak, gas-charged shock with piggyback reservoir, compression damping, rebound damping, remote spring preload adjustability and top-out spring
Rear Wheel 17"
Rear Wheel Travel 13 mm
Rear Brake Single 250 mm disc. Caliper: 2-piston
Rear Tyre 200/55ZR17M/C (78W)
Fuel Capacity 19 litres
Dry Weight
Wet Weight
Seat Height 835 mm
Max Height 1,205 mm
Max Length 2,135 mm


Type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four with Supercharger
Displacement 998
Bore And Stroke 76 x 55 mm
Compression Ratio 11.2:1
Power 147.1 kW {200 PS} / 11,000 rpm
Torque 137.3 N•m {14 kgf•m} / 9,500 rpm
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection: Ø 50 mm x 4 with dual injection
Exhaust 4-1
Emissions Euro 4
Gearbox 6-speed, return, dog-ring
Ratio 1=(40/13) 2= (42/17) 3= (45/22) 4=(38/22) 5=(32/21) 6=(31/23)
Primary Drive 1.551 (76/49)
Final Drive chain
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual

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