All-new supercharged nakedbike breaks cover.
Kawasaki Motors Australia has announced the release of its all-new Z H2, which is due to land in the country during the early months of 2020.
An extension of the ‘built beyond belief’ concept of the original Ninja H2, the all-new Z H2 benefits from the knowledge and ingenuity that has become the strength of Kawasaki H2’s.
The supercharged engine makes this supernaked machine one of Kawasaki’s most powerful street models ever. The Z H2 joins the H2 family with the Kawasaki Ninja H2R, Ninja H2, Ninja H2 SX SE+ and Ninja H2 Carbon.
The Z H2 boasts refined naked styling and a balanced supercharged engine, bringing performance that can be enjoyed throughout the twist of the throttle. This innovative new model offers high levels of handling with the best in rider technology – all suitable features for the new Z Series flagship.
The Z H2’s most defining feature is the supercharged engine. While the idea of a supercharged engine may call to mind an extremely high powered motorcycle that only a handful of riders are able to ride in very limited conditions, Kawasaki’s modern development philosophy called for a machine that enables a wide range of riders to understand the pleasure of riding a motorcycle.
Kawasaki’s supercharged engines are designed with this idea firmly in mind. The Z H2’s supercharged engine achieves the seemingly contradictory goals of ample power and easy-to-manage power delivery.
Able to harness the full power of the supercharged engine, the Z H2’s specially designed frame offers a combination of high-speed stability and light handing that facilitates control when riding in the city or on twisty roads – seemingly contrary characteristics. The compact frame, an ideal basis for the form of a naked model, as a high-level balance of stiffness and flexibility, allowing a wide range of riding situations to be tackled.
The trellis frame combines pipes of high-tensile steel, each with carefully selected diameter, thickness and bend to obtain the necessary stiffness for that part of the frame. The result is a frame with both the rigidity to handle the high power of the supercharged engine and stresses at high speed, and the flexibility to deliver light, nimble handling.
The optimised rigidity also makes it easier for riders to feel feedback from the road surface, which makes the Z H2 more fun to control. Another benefit is that the frame’s open design also helps effectively dissipate heat generated by the supercharged engine more easily than would a typical aluminium frame.
The Z H2’s advanced electronics package includes numerous electronic control systems such as KTRC, KCMF, and KIBS, as well as an IMU that provides chassis orientation feedback to KIBS and KTRC. These rider-support systems offer the peace of mind to handle the power of the supercharged engine, while providing a wide range of information.
In addition, Electronic Cruise Control and KQS further enhance riding convenience. Plus, a choice of three Power Modes, and integrated Riding Modes that link KTRC and Power Mode are extremely easy to operate, allowing riders to focus on their ride.
2020 Kawasaki Z H2 key features:
– Powerful, supercharged 998cc, liquid-cooled four-stroke in-line four engine that offers an exhilarating riding experience.
– Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) enables even more precise chassis orientating awareness.
– Hydraulic assist and slipper clutch allows light lever operation.
– Kawasaki Quick Shifter enables fast downshifts and upshifts for seamless acceleration.
– New TFT display provides for quick and easy visibility, with Rideology Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones.
– Trellis Frame provides both the strength to harness the incredible power and the balanced flex to achieve stability and pliability for high-speed riding.
– Showa SFF BP front fork suspension offers superb road-holding performance.
– Four integrated riding modes: Sport, Road, Rain and Rider mode.
Pricing for the all-new model is still be determined. For more information, visit www.kawasaki.com.au.