RideFast November 2019

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N E W K A W A S A K I Z H 2

SUPERCHARGING

AHEAD!

OK freaks, here’s your naked,

supercharged Kawasaki Z H2.

Kawasaki has

finally dropped

the supercharged

super-naked it’s

been threatening to

unleash for several

months now. The Z

H2 melds the looks of

recent Kwaka nakedbikes with the

197-horsepower lunacy of the blown

H2 motor, and it’s not for the timid.

Unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show,

the new Z H2 will be an absolutely

wild machine to ride. We still giggle

to ourselves, sometimes in public,

thinking of what the original H2 did

to time and space when we held

the throttle open. The first half of

the tacho was butter-smooth and

manageable, and the top end was a

crazed slingshot rush of lunacy.

Well, the Z H2 (terrible name, by

the way), has had its motor slightly

remapped from the way it appeared

in the H2 SX, resulting in a good thick

dollop of extra torque below about

7,000rpm, and a slight dip in power at

about 8,500rpm before the slingshot

action kicks in to take you to the same

197-horsepower peak just before the

redline. At this point, you’ll either hit the

standard quickshifter for another wild

race to the redline, or button off for a

breather and enjoy the chittering chirp

of the supercharger winding down.

As far as looks go, it’s probably

about what you’d expect, retaining the

Transformer robot looks and gogglelike

headlight mask of bikes like the

recent Z1000, but beefs up the frame

with extra lurid green trellis lines. The

H2’s signature mirrored grey paint

30 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019

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