2017

CHANGES FROM 2016 MODEL

Öhlins TTX36 Rear Suspension

The addition of Öhlins’ highly acclaimed TTX shock offers numerous rider benefits: increased rear stability, which contributes to enhanced cornering performance; supple suspension action conveys the feeling of excellent damping and contributes to increased riding comfort and sportier handling in the hills; increased rear stability also contributes to a more planted feel at the front, contributing to increased rider confidence when riding on the circuit; superb feedback from the road; on the highway the bike feels even more stable at speed; around town the supple suspension absorbs bumps with ease, further contributing to ride comfort.

Bank Angle Display and Boost Indicator

Updated instrumentation includes a bank angle display and max bank angle recording function (possible thanks to the addition of the Inertial Measurement Unit), a revised boost indicator with greater segmentation and a percentage display, and an IMU indicator.

* Image depicts sample instrument display with a test rider on a closed course.

Enhanced Chassis Orientation Awareness: Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit)

The use of Bosch’s compact IMU allows an additional layer of precision to be added to the already high-level KTRC, KLCM and KIBS. IMU enables inertia along 6 DOF (degrees of freedom) to be monitored. Acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes, plus roll rate and pitch rate are measured. The yaw rate is calculated by the ECU using Kawasaki original software. Additional feedback from the IMU gives an even clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation than the programming of the previous systems was able to predict. This enables even more precise management for control at the limit.

Kawasaki Cornering Management Function (KCMF)

The addition of a Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) and the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s advanced modelling software bring the electronic management systems on the Ninja H2 to the next level—changing them from setting-type and reaction-type systems to feedback-type systems—to deliver even greater levels of riding excitement. KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner—from entry, through the apex, to corner exit—modulating brake force and engine power to facilitate smooth transition from acceleration to braking and back again, and to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner. On the Ninja H2, KCMF oversees the following systems:

  • KTRC (including traction, wheelie and sliding control)
  • KLCM
  • KIBS (including pitching and corner braking control)
  • Kawasaki Engine Brake Control

Corner Braking Control

With feedback from the IMU, KIBS is able to incorporate a new function: corner braking control. Should riders use the brakes beyond the entrance to a turn (i.e. trail braking) or mid-corner (e.g. to avoid an obstacle), brake force is modulated to counter the tendency of the bike to stand up under braking. This assists riders in tracing their intended line through the corner instead of running wide.

Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS)

The 2015-model Ninja H2 was the first Kawasaki motorcycle to be fit standard with a quick shifter. For 2017, the quick shifter also enables clutchless downshifts.

Lower Emissions

A number of changes to the exhaust system ensure the Ninja H2 meets Euro 4 emissions requirements. (Does not affect models from USA/CAN/BRA.)

Accessories

A number of new Kawasaki genuine accessories allow riders to adjust their riding position, or customise their machine. An ERGO-FIT raised handlebar kit has a reduced down angle, positioning the handle grips 20 mm higher than the standard clip-ons. For shorter riders, or those who prefer a more upright riding position the kit offers increased comfort. Heavier bar-end weights reduce handlebar vibration, contributing to increased comfort when highway riding. The carbon-fibre upper cowl of the limited edition Ninja H2 CARBON is also available as an accessory piece, and may also be retrofit to 2015-2016 Ninja H2 models.

PHOTOS

*Professional rider under controlled conditions. Do not attempt to reproduce these scenes.

MOVIES

Kawasaki Youtube Channel

SPECIFICATIONS

ENGINE

Type
Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement
998 cm3
Bore and Stroke
76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression ratio
8.5:1
Valve system
DOHC, 16 valves
Fuel system
Fuel injection: ⌀50 mm x 4 with dual injection
Intake system
Kawasaki Supercharger
Ignition
Digital
Starting
Electric
Lubrication
Forced lubrication, wet sump with oil cooler

DRIVETRAIN

Transmission
6-speed, return, dog-ring
Final drive
Chain
Primary reduction ratio
1.551 (76/49)
Gear ratios:1st
3.188 (51/16)
2nd
2.526 (48/19)
3rd
2.045 (45/22)
4th
1.727 (38/22)
5th
1.524 (32/21)
6th
1.348 (31/23)
Final reduction ratio
2.444 (44/18)
Clutch
Wet multi-disc, manual

FRAME

Type
Trellis, high-tensile steel, with Swingarm Mounting Plate
Wheel travel: front
120 mm
rear
135 mm
Tyre: front
120/70ZR17M/C (58W)
rear
200/55ZR17M/C (78W)
Caster (rake)
24.5°
Trail
103 mm
Steering angle (left/right)
27° / 27°

SUSPENSION

Front
⌀43 mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out springs
Rear
New Uni-Trak, Öhlins TTX36 gas-charged shock with piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring

BRAKES

Front: Type
Dual semi-floating ⌀330 mm Brembo discs
Caliper
Dual radial-mount, Brembo M50 monobloc, opposed 4-piston
Rear: Type
Single ⌀250 mm disc
Caliper
Brembo, opposed 2-piston

DIMENSIONS

Overall length
2,085 mm
Overall width
770 mm
Overall height
1,125 mm
Wheelbase
1,455 mm
Ground clearance
130 mm
Seat height
825 mm
Curb mass
238 kg
Fuel capacity
17 litres

COLOUR(S)

Mirror Coated Spark Black

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.


2016

CHANGES FROM 2015 MODEL

Assist & Slipper Clutch: Lighter Lever Operation

The Assist & Slipper Clutch uses two types of cams: an assist cam and a slipper cam. When the engine is driving the rear wheel the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever pull when operating the clutch. Compared to the previous clutch, the Assist & Slipper clutch offers a 40% lighter clutch lever feel, contributing to reduced rider fatigue when street riding.
When excessive engine braking occurs – as a result of quick downshifts (or an accidental downshift) – the slipper cam comes into play, forcing the clutch hub and operating plate apart. This relieves pressure on the clutch plates to reduce back-torque and help prevent the rear tyre from hopping and skidding.
Changing the clutch hub material from steel to aluminium provides a weight savings of approximately 1 kg.

ECU Updates: Optimised Control

New engine settings offer optimised power delivery. Electronic system settings were also tweaked, resulting in more natural power delivery when in Rain Mode.

Prepped for Data Logger

In preparation for an aftermarket data logger, a CAN coupler is provided inside the canopy.

Silver-mirror Paint with Glass Flakes

Glass flakes in the first clear coat catch the light, giving the paint a high-quality metallic-style appearance.

MOVIES

Kawasaki Youtube Channel

SPECIFICATIONS

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.