Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Driving Report Ninja H2 SX SE: Japan for the Gourmet

IN culinary circles, Kawasaki is known for its alphabet sushi. Would you like to taste? KIBS, KECS, KCMF, KIPASS, ARAS, ACC, FCW, BSD, ESS, TPMS, KLCM, KTRC, KQS, SPIN. For the untrained stomach of a newcomer, such a thing is difficult to digest. But each of these abbreviations stands in for a technical treat on the Ninja H2SX SE. It is the most advanced that Japanese motorcycle manufacturing currently has to offer. across all brands.


The machine is unique because of its compressor motor. Smooth 200 hp served the thousand-cube four-cylinder engine, up to 137 Newton meters served as a complement. It requires 11,000 rpm for maximum performance and 8500 rpm for maximum speed.

As long as the Black and Green Sports Tourer was in the editorial office, we didn’t even come close to getting a taste of the engine’s possibilities. The compressor was probably feeling too low a challenge. The drive acts humbly, but with so much confidence that it sometimes shrugs you off. When a spoiler Porsche once said it had to flex its muscles on the freeway, Kawasaki frowned with incredible nonchalance and drove away only because its driver no longer felt responsible for such an escape. The official top speed is 299 km/h.

It is not to everyone’s taste, some people beat their heads in front of such doctrinal values. In practice, Compressor Ninja is less a case for frenzied intimidating figures than for solvent connoisseurs with a sense of special technology, an exception for a manageable target group. Sports tourers who need an active seating position are out of fashion, and the base price of 28,195 euros, including additional costs, which is mainly due to the great design and high-quality appearance, prevents large amounts . The top version of Kompressor-Express is the Ninja H2 SX SE performance tourer, which we have moved and comes equipped with a suitcase set, Akrapovic silencer and tinted windshield, among other things. When the landlord brings the bill you have to ingest: 30,545 euros.

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Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE

But the Kawa is one of the few motorcycles for which a highway is more than a necessary evil, due to the fact that it draws its course on rails and the Shinkansen has a forward thrust, shielding the storm from the front. Well, the newly created comfortable upholstery offers, if you want you can warm your hands and also touch the sound barrier with accessories. A radar module at the front, seamlessly integrated into the overall picture, creates the conditions for the new ACC adaptive cruise control based on the Bosch development, which is capable of braking and accelerating automatically and works only with a BMW or Ducati. Is. There’s also a collision alert FCW, which sounds an alarm in moments of inattention with light signals on the new, stylish 6.5-inch color screen.

These are useful aids, and we found the BSD (Blind Spot Detection) blind spot warning system to be most useful in both road and city traffic. For this, a radar sensor has also been installed at the rear. Fortunately, he doesn’t bother you with unnecessary flicker in the rear-view mirror, but is smart enough to decide when there might actually be a danger.

Smart suspension ensures superior comfort

With all the abbreviations mentioned at the beginning, the Japanese are demonstrating that the Kawasaki flagship is catching up with the top products from European manufacturers. KQS is the name of the shift assistant, VHA is the popular hill-start assist, KLCM is the launch control we never use, ESS is the emergency brake signal, and KCMF is the cornering brake support. KECS – Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension – stands for a critical point, semi-active suspension. Along with the renowned brake system, it is a worthy playmate to over-engineer. The smart suspension ensures perfect road holding as well as excellent comfort even on miserable patches of asphalt. Depending on the driving mode, a Skyhook function is activated, which compensates for disruptive effects when braking or accelerating. There is also an electro-hydraulic load equalization, which is not automatic, as is already offered here and there at the top level, but can be set at the push of a button – optionally with or without accessories For one or two people.

The presence of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System TPMS should also be indicated, as should the cornering light. As the tilt goes up, the 270-kg monster switches up to three additional LEDs in the side panel. The wealth of information in the TFT cockpit includes boost and brake pressure, lean angle, g-force, throttle valve position and also the temperature in the air box. Smartphone app connectivity does useful as well as distracting things. The H2 Curve doesn’t disdain lettuce. In our case, he allowed himself to feed an average of 5.7 liters of electric food per 100 kilometers with a moderate, decent driving style.

The keyless entry system with rotary switches in the cockpit is a win, but not an end. For the tank cap and pannier you still have to remove the key, twist the bit and put it in the lock. Many of the switches on the ends of the handlebars are not backlit. And the lack of automatic turn signal reset is no longer up to date. Nevertheless, the following applies: kHgg. Kawasaki did well.

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