Blogathon 10/17: Speed Thrills

Kawasaki, my motorbike manufacturer of choice, have a new bike out, any day now.

It’s the 2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon.

2017 Ninja H2 Carbon

2017 Ninja H2 Carbon

It’s broadly similar to my 2016 Kawasaki ZX10R Ninja, but it’s broadly similar on steroids.

As near as I can make out the second biggest change is that the quickshifter will now quickshift downwards, as well as up.

The new bike also has a remodeled exhaust, but it still has to comply with the arse-end regulations.

This means most people will, as I did, fit an aftermarket tail tidy to balance the deadly-looking front end with a razor sharp back end.

The Ninja H2 Carbon is somewhat quicker than mine, but at the top end of the gearbox, with the EMS on full power, at 200mph, mine is plenty quick enough.

For me, obv.

With the EMS on mid power, the new bike does have, for timid riders, a better mid-range.

But as I was saying to a Honda owner the other day, people who say the 2016 ZX10R Ninja has lacklustre midrange aren’t leaving it in first gear until it hits 100mph, and then changing in to second gear.

I’m not joking, if you do that, your 0-150mph will remove your inner organs.

But maybe there are people out there who lack the cojones to ride a 207bhp supersports bike on full throttle?

The 2017 Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon comes in at £6,000 more than I paid for mine which, compared to the other supersports unveilings over the last two weeks, is still ridiculously cheap.

So what does the Ninja H2 Carbon’s 310bhp give you, for that extra £6k?

This is the biggest change.

It has a top speed of over 249mph.

I wonder what my insurance would be?

Mine, by the way, will be exactly one year out of the factory old, next month.

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2 Responses to Blogathon 10/17: Speed Thrills

  1. Masher says:

    Sorry, did you just say 100 mph in FIRST gear!

    Excuse my French, but le holy fuck!!