2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 R



The Kawasaki Ninja H2™R hypersport motorcycle is an engineering marvel, made possible only through the sourcing of technological expertise from multiple divisions of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. (KHI). The result of this unprecedented collaboration is a system of carefully crafted premium components and World Superbike racing inspired next-level electronics that work in concert to create an unbelievably powerful machine—one that’s more than worthy of the legendary H2 name.

Advanced Electronics

  • ADVANCED ELECTRONICS: ​Key enhancements bring Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) WorldSBK championship-proven electronics management technology to the Ninja H2™. This results in precise chassis orientation awareness that assists street riders ability to adapt to a wide range of typical street riding conditions and scenarios.
  • NEW BOSCH® IMU (INERTIAL MEASUREMENT UNIT): Compact IMU enables inertia along 6 Degrees of Freedom to be monitored. Acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes, plus roll rate and pitch are measured. The yaw rate is calculated by the ECU using Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modeling software. This next-level system enables predictive and adaptive electronics for precise chassis orientation awareness.
  • NEW KTRC (KAWASAKI TRACTION CONTROL): Whereas many competitive traction control systems react to wheel-slip, this IMU-enhanced feedback version of KTRC predicts conditions and acts before slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction. When turned on, riders can choose from 9 modes, allowing riders to choose the degree in which each mode intervenes during riding. Riders may also elect to turn the system off. Modes 1-3 are optimized for track conditions, Modes 4-6 for the street, and Modes 7-9 for wet pavement conditions. A rain mode is also available.
  • KLCM (KAWAWAKI LAUNCH CONTROL MODE): 3-mode KLCM provides unmatchable acceleration from a stop by electronically controlling engine output to minimize rear wheel-slip and front end lift. Launch Control Mode allows the rider to launch from a stop with the throttle held wide open.
  • ​ÖHLINS® ELECTRONIC STEERING DAMPER: The Öhlins® electronic steering damper adjusts damping based on a number of inputs. At lower speeds, damping is lessened. As speed increases, steering damping increases for optimal performance.
  • NEW KQS (KAWASAKI QUICK SHIFTER): New for 2017 the KQS now enables clutchless downshifts for quick and smooth deceleration. Complementing the engine’s strong power and the dog-ring transmission, a contactless-type quick shifter enables quick upshifts seamless acceleration.
  • KIBS (KAWASAKI INTELLIGENT ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM): New IMU enabled Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS) is a supersport-grade high-precision multi-sensing ABS brake assistance system. Uses high-precision control to modulate brake pressure during sport riding.
  • KEBC (KAWASAKI ENGINE BRAKE CONTROL): This system allows riders to set engine braking according to preference. When the system is activated, the engine braking effect is reduced, providing less interference when riding on the circuit.


  • PREMIUM PERFORMANCE:​ The massive power of the supercharged engine necessitates a multitude of high-performance components to ensure an unforgettably effortless, yet forceful experience.
  • MOTOGP™–STYLE​ DOG–RING TRANSMISSION: Commonly found in high-performance racing machines, the dog-ring transmission allows for effortless, short shifts. Rather than shifting gears into place, the gears in this configuration stay in place, with the lightweight dog rings moving to engage the gears. A high-precision hydraulic clutch features Brembo® components for smooth actuation and top performance.
  • FULLY ADJUSTABLE ​HIGH–PERFORMANCE RACING SUSPENSION: New Öhlins® TTX36 rear shock offers precise damping for enhanced traction, comfort and feedback to the rider. New Öhlins TTX36 rear shock features a remote shock preload adjuster making it easy to adjust settings without tools to suit rider preference. The KYB® AOS-II (Air-Oil-Separate) low friction cartridge fork offers superb action; initial stroke is smooth and compliant followed by progressive damping through the end of the stroke. The front fork is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping, as well as preload.
  • ​​BREMBO® BRAKES: New Brembo® clutch lever and front brake lever are designed to prevent wind force from engaging the levers while at higher speed. Top-shelf Brembo brake components tuned specifically for powerful and progressive braking response. In the front, 2 massive 330mm Brembo semi-floating discs are gripped by dual radial-mount Brembo monobloc calipers for superb braking force. In the rear, a 250mm disc provides strong braking performance.
  • WHEELS AND TIRES: The lightweight cast aluminum wheels were designed specifically for the Ninja H2™ and were created using analysis from Kawasaki's World Superbike team. The star-pattern 5-spoke wheels offer optimum rigidity for high-power performance. The Ninja H2 comes equipped with a massive 200mm rear tire that transmits power to the ground.


  • STUNNING AERODYNAMIC STYLING: ​The Ninja H2™ motorcycle design projects intense force becoming a product of functional beauty. Each and every angle is designed to contribute unprecedented performance and style.​​​
  • AERODYNAMIC DEVICES: Designed by KHI’s Aerospace Company, the mirror stays feature airfoil cross-sections with Gurney flaps that contribute to downforce generation. A chin spoiler on the upper cowl is also function disguised in form, further contributing to downforce generation.
  • TRELLIS FRAME: The trellis frame provides the strength to harness the incredible power of the supercharged engine and the balanced flex to achieve optimal rigidity and pliability for aggressive sport riding.
  • MIRROR COATED ​SPARK BLACK PAINT: Developed by KHI, the Mirror Coated Spark Black paint of the fuel tank, fairing and seat cowl is the first-ever on a mass-production automobile or motorcycle. The multi-layer composite paint includes a layer of pure silver formed by a chemical reaction, creating the mirrored effect. In the shade, the dark base coat shows through the silver for a deep, 3D appearance. In the sun, the silver creates a brilliant metallic effect.
  • HIGH-QUALITY RIVER MARK EMBLEM: Reserved only for models of historical significance, the iconic Kawasaki River Mark is featured prominently on the front cowl. The River Mark dates back to the earliest days of Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. and has been used on select motorcycle models since the 1960s.
  • NEW HIGH-TECH INSTRUMENTATION: New bank angle display and max bank angle-recording function. Multi-function Meter - Digital LCD screen with black/white reverse display and an analogue-style tachometer. Display functions include: digital speedometer, gear position indicator, odometer, dual trip meters, current mileage, average mileage, fuel consumption, coolant temperature, boost indicator, boost (intake air chamber) temperature, stopwatch (lap timer), clock and the Economical Riding Indicator. Tachometer design uses an actual needle enhanced by backlit rpm numbers that illuminate to chase the tachometer needle as it moves around the dial.
  • LED ILLUMINATION: Bright, compact LED headlamps are positioned low to evoke the image of a predator’s fangs. Elegant LED taillight/brake light is flanked by surface-emitting LED position lamps. LED rear turn signals featuring an inner lens, surface texturing and surface-emitting LEDs contribute to the bike’s high-tech image.

Supercharged Power

  • ​​IMMENSE POWER: ​The Ninja H2™ streetbike's supercharged engine creates unprecedented power for remarkable acceleration. The heavy growl of the boosted liter-class engine is a sound the streets won't soon forget.
  • IN-HOUSE-DESIGNED SUPERCHARGER: Chosen for its high-rpm performance, the centrifugal-type supercharger is incredibly efficient at compressing air (at up to 2.4x atmospheric pressure) while minimizing heat. As a result of the supercharger’s efficiency, no large, heavy intercooler was required to cool the compressed air. The supercharger was designed to match the engine, allowing high-efficiency operation over a wider range of conditions that could not be provided by a typical supercharger.
  • SUPERCHARGER IMPELLER: The complex shape of the impeller is 3D machined from forged aluminum for high precision and durability. The impeller spins at 9.2x speed of the crankshaft, reaching speeds of nearly 130,000 rpm, pumping a capacity of over 200 liters of air per second into the engine.
  • THE PLANETARY GEAR: Designed using technology from KHI’s Aerospace Company, the planetary gear is incredibly compact and efficient at transferring power. The planetary gear runs off power from the crankshaft, driving the impeller (via a “step-up” gear) to incredibly high rpm.
  • 998cc INLINE ​4-CYLINDER ENGINE: The engine was painstakingly crafted to accomodate the extreme air pressure created by a supercharger. Cast (rather than forged) through a unique process, the pistons of the Ninja H2™ are lightweight - yet strong - and able to withstand extremely high temperatures. The precision-honed combustion chamber is complemented by a flat piston crown inspired by technology from KHI's Gas Turbine & Machinery Company that helps prevent detonation. Assist and slipper clutch offers light clutch pull and minimizes wheel chatter caused by aggressive downshifting.

General Information

Manufacturer Kawasaki
Model Year 2018
Model Ninja H2 R
Model Code ZX1000YJF
Color Mirror Coated Matte Spark Black



Front - Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston calipers, dual semi-floating 330 mm discs, KIBS ABS

Rear - Opposed 2-piston calipers, single 250 mm disc, KIBS ABS


Front - 120/70 ZR17 (58W)

Rear - 190/65 ZR17 (78W)


Length Overall - 81.5 in.
Height Overall - 45.7 in.
Width Overall - 33.5 in.

Curb - 476.3 lb.

Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).

Ground Clearance 5.1 in.
Wheelbase 57.1 in.
Seat Height 32.7 in.


Transmission 6-speed, return, dog-ring
Final Drive Sealed chain


Engine 4-stroke, 4-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve, supercharged
Displacement 998 cc
Bore x Stroke 76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression Ratio 8.3:1
Fuel System DFI® w/50 mm throttle bodies (4) with dual injection
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.
Ignition Digital
Cooling Liquid


Frame Trellis, high-tensile steel, with swingarm mounting plate

Front - 43 mm inverted fork with rebound and preload compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs / Travel - 4.7 in.

Rear - New Uni-Trak, Öhlins TTX36 gas charged shock with piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring / Travel - 5.3 in

Rake 25.1°
Trail 4.3 in.


Includes Kawasaki Corner Management Function (KCMF), Kawasaki Traction Control (KTRC), Kawasaki Launch Control Mode (KLCM), Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System (KIBS), Kawasaki Engine Brake Control, Kawasaki Quick Shifter (KQS) (upshift & downshift), Öhlins Electronic Steering Damper