Kawasaki H2 Review & Ratings
- 17 February 2018
- Author: Nikolas Perseputto
IT IS A masterpiece, the Bugatti Veyron of bikes. I haven’t bought it as an investment, or just to look at, I bought it to ride. It’s just about to go in for its 4000 mile service. That’s not as simple as normal because each Kawasaki dealer only has one technician who is trained to service the H2, so you have to book it in when he’s available. Watching the first service at 600 miles was fascinating because they have to measure the supercharger end float [how much the supercharger rotor moves axially – Ed], so you could see the turbine itself. Very sexy. The technician let me measure the end float – you’ve got a jig which holds the dial gauge to the frame and then you push the turbine in and pull it out with your little finger to measure the movement. It was 0.10mm, which was micron perfect.
It’s going to be interesting to see the wear on that as the miles go by. The finish and quality is good. I parked next to an MV Brutale the other day and the frame was so poor compared with the H2’s. It was a block of council flats next to the Sears Tower. There’s a lovely resonance to the sound too. I used to have a ZZ-R1100 and that had a similar resonance, but when I got my ZX-12R the noise was more muted – it was more like a sewing machine. I was expecting the H2 to be even more muted than that, but it’s not. Plus the sound of the supercharger chirping lets you know when you’re getting a move on – you don’t really hear it below 7000rpm. I didn’t like the standard tyres. They’re very track focussed and look trick with their lack of tread but the back tyre was finished in 1600 miles, and a good bit of that was running in. I’ve now put Bridgestone Evo S20s on it [a dual compound road-orientated sports tyre].
After 2500 miles it’s not far off finished. It’s difficult to ride smoothly because if you hit a little divot in the road and your throttle hand moves, the front end will come up and in a click you’re doing 20mph more. It’s definitely capable of catching people out. And it is fast. I had a GSX-R1000 follow me once and when I met the rider later he said when the road opened up I was like a bullet out of a gun. Gone. It’s an incredible thing. Saying that, it does attract some negativity – I had one guy on a ZZR14 ask me if it was a penis extension. I am going to modify it though. I’m 6ft 2 so the seat needs moving back and because the bike wants to wheelie all the time I’m going to put a longer swingarm on – if the new twinsided swingarm is in the style of the trellis frame I think it would look ok. And although the wheels are gorgeous, I might replace them with carbon ones to save more weight. It might end up as the world’s first H2 hardtail chop.