Apr. 2015

Techno Box 03

Closed-course Model

Ninja H2R

Supercharged Engine that
Represents the Sum of
Kawasaki Technologies

The Ninja H2R features a supercharged engine that was newly designed and developed specially for this model.Kawasaki’s motorcycle engine designers built everything from scratch, down to the blades of the supercharger. Both the engine and the supercharger were developed in-house as a united power source. The 998 cc in-line four engine, despite its compact size on par with ZX-10R, achieves a maximum output of 300 ps for acceleration on an entirely different level.

01World-leading
Gas Engine Technology
Prevents Engine Knocking

Engineers invariably run into the problem of knocking when they try to increase output by compressing fuel-air mixture in the engine’s combustion chamber. Kawasaki has managed to effectively address this problem when it developed a gas engine boasting the world’s highest electrical efficiency of 49.5%. This same technology has been incorporated into the supercharged engine of the Ninja H2R to prevent knocking.

02Designed Entirely
by Engine Designers
Down to the Impeller
This fully in-house designed supercharger comprises an ultra-precision-machined impeller, compression housing and planetary gear train designed by Kawasaki engine designers. At 300 ps, it delivers 200 liters of air at a speed of 100 m/s.

03Newly Developed Star-shaped Wheel

A star-shaped, five-spoke cast aluminum wheel newly developed using state-of-the-art strength analysis technology has been adopted for the rear tire.

04Single-seater Design for Optimum Comfort During Acceleration
This motorcycle is designed for a single rider to optimize performance at ultra-high speeds. The seat is tapered at the front to ensure the rider can get both feet on the ground, and to allow a firm grip with the knees. At the rear, it is wide enough to ensure comfort during acceleration.
05Single-sided Swingarm for a New Level of Ride Quality

A single-sided swingarm built with complex aluminum parts has been adopted to provide the entire machine with enhanced strength.

06High-tensile Steel Trellis Frame

A uniquely developed high-tensile steel trellis frame provides stability that remain consistent at all speeds—from walking speed to ultra-high speed. Built with pipes designed to absorb shock, this beautiful frame manages to offer reduced weight, resistance to disturbance, and an optimum balance of strength and pliability.

07Silver-mirror Paint:
Mark of Genuine Craftsmanship

A uniquely developed high-tensile steel trellis frame provides stability that remain consistent at all speeds—from walking speed to ultra-high speed. Built with pipes designed to absorb shock, this beautiful frame manages to offer reduced weight, resistance to disturbance, and an optimum balance of strength and pliability.

Aerodynamically Designed for
Ultra-high Speed

The Ninja H2R’s aerodynamic devices have been designed using the wing design technology of Kawasaki’s Aerospace Company. The overall form of the cowl as well as the large upper and side wings formed from CFRP are designed to generate strong downforce to spoil lift while driving at high speeds. Wind protection has been provided at the knuckles to guard the grips and finger movement from air resistance in the ultra-high speed range.

By Satoaki Ichi
First Design Department, Research & Development Division
Motorcycle & Engine Company
Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd.

True Monster Only Kawasaki Can
Build—Realizing Spec 10 Years Ahead of Its Time

If given total freedom to build any motorcycle it wished, what kind of machine would Kawasaki create? For the 30th anniversary of the Ninja, Kawasaki has developed the Ninja H2R, a closed-course model free from all constraints—road traffic laws, racing regulations, and even common sense in the manufacture of motorcycles.
 Crowned with the names “Ninja,” a revolutionary supersport bike that became an international sensation, and Mach “H2,” a motorcycle with intense acceleration that had no peers, this monster of a machine boasts a maximum power output of 300 ps and a maximum speed that easily exceeds 300 km/h. In its pursuit of ultimate power and performance, Kawasaki has also remained true to its “Fun-to-ride” development concept. Kawasaki’s craftsmanship can be seen in every details, allowing riders to enjoy securely and with peace of mind the powerful acceleration and ultra-high speed ride that this motorcycle offers.

While a typical motorcycle is assembled on a production line, the Ninja H2R is assembled by just one person, or at most a handful of people, from start to finish. It is indeed the work of seasoned craftsmen who carefully build up the machine by hand. State-of-the-art robots are used in the manufacture of the frame to achieve beautiful, high-quality welding. In other words, this is the result of a marriage of the techniques of master craftsmen with cutting-edge technology.
 The Ninja H2R is a dream machine that represents the sum of Kawasaki’s technologies—aerospace technology essential to ultra-high speed performance, gas turbine technology that enables efficient energy conversion, and more.