The Kawasaki Ninja H2R got us excited when we first heard about it last year. The street-legal Ninja H2 and track-only Ninja H2R are the world’s first supercharged supersports production motorcycles. Designers from various companies (under the Kawasaki group) sat down to produce a supremely powerful supercharger for it. The bespoke supercharger was mated to the H2 engine to produce the H2R-a meaner, brutal power machine.
It uses planetary gears, spinning up to 1,30,000 rpm and develops up to 20.5 psi boost pressure. Also, for the first time, a trellis frame was used for a Kawasaki motorcycle to provide strength, controlled flex and air circulation. Powered by the 998-cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke inline engine, this track-only bike (it has no headlights, turn lights or treaded tyres) is fast as hell and is rumoured to reach 400 kmph. Now you know why it is designed for closed circuits only.
Kawasaki’s quest for power and speed saw its other companies-Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, Aerospace Company, and Corporate Technology Division-come together to produce some ingenious hardware.
TRANSMISSION – With the help of Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) a dog-ring-type transmission was chosen for smooth and quick gear shifting. This is mostly found in Moto GP.
COMBUSTION CHAMBER – Kawasaki’s Gas Turbine & Machinery Company’s help was enlisted to develop the combustion chamber. This design is able to withstand high exhaust temperatures produced under hard acceleration.
BODYWORK – The bodywork was developed with Kawasaki Aerospace Company to generate downforce. The motorcycle features carbonfibre wings mounted on the upper cowl which helps its high-speed stability.