2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE


Kawasaki’s all-new Ninja H2™ SX SE (Special Edition) is where luxury and performance reach stunning new heights. Born from a pure pursuit of supercharged street performance, the Ninja H2™SX SE is the ultimate supercharged sportbike, offering the most desirable street qualities of hypersport, supersport and sport touring bikes.

?Sport Touring Capability

  • ​COMFORT FOR THE JOURNEY: ​Sporty yet relaxed riding position accommodates solo and 2-up riding for a wide variety of riding situations.
  • CLEAN-MOUNT SADDLEBAG SYSTEM: Allows the KQR™28L Hard Saddlebag set* to be easily attached and removed for increased convenience. The saddlebags are color matched, can each hold a full-fact helmet and utilize a one-key system.*KQR™ 28L Hard Saddlebag set is sold separately as a Kawasaki Genuine Accessory.
  • ENHANCED FUEL RANGE: Superb fuel efficiency combined with 5-gallon+fuel tank delivers outstanding cruising range.
  • ELECTRONIC CRUISE CONTROL: A simple press of a button allows the rider to set a desired speed to enable relaxed cruising and enhanced riding comfort.
  • AMPLE WIND PROTECTION: Full-fairing bodywork offers a balance of rider comfort and arerodynamics, strategically shielding the rider without causing adverse drag at higher speeds.


  • BOSCH IMU (INTERNAL 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.
  • KAWASAKI CORNERING MANAGEMENT FUNCTION: Using the latest evolution of advanced modeling software and feedback, 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.
  • KAWASAKI TRACTION CONTROL (KTRC): ​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 3 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 and 2 are optimized for maximum forward acceleration while mode 3 allows for assistance during wet pavement conditions.
  • POWER MODES: ​The Ninja H2™ SX SE comes with three power modes: Full, Middle and Low, allowing riders to select power delivery to suit their preference and riding conditions.
  • 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 sport riding.
  • HIGH-TECH INSTRUMENTATION: The instrumentation design combines a full digital LCD screen with an analogue-style tachometer. LCD screen features a negative display (white characters on a black background), contributing to the high-quality image. In addition to the digital speedometer and gear position indicator, display functions include: fuel gauge, odometer, dual trip meters, current mileage, average mileage, fuel consumption, bank angle display and max bank angle recording function (possible thanks to feedback from the IMU), coolant temperature, boost indicator, boost (intake air chamber) temperature, clock, Economical Riding Indicator, and IMU indicator. Analogue-style tachometer design uses an actual needle enhanced by backlit rpm numbers that illuminate to chase the tachometer needle as it moves around the dial.
  • ALL-LED LIGHTING: ​The Ninja H2™ SX SE is equipped with LED lights from headlamp to taillight.


  • PREMIUM PERFORMANCE: ​The massive power of the balanced supercharged engine demands a multitude of high-performance components to ensure an effortless yet powerful experience to dominate the open road.
  • DOG-RING TRANSMISSION: ​Designed for high-performance racing engines, the premium dog-ring transmission allows for smooth, precise, quick shifting. 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-quality hydraulic clutch self-adjusts to ensure consistent performance and smooth actuation.
  • FULLY-ADJUSTABLE SUPERSPORT SUSPENSION: ​The KYB inverted 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. KYB fully adjustable mono-shock Uni-Trak® rear suspension contributes to the balance of ride comfort and sport performance. Remote shock preload adjuster allows the rider to adjust settings.
  • BRAKES: ​In the front, 2 massive 320 mm semi-floating discs are gripped by dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston, monobloc calipers, delivering strong braking force and superb feel. In the rear, a 250 mm disc with twin-piston caliper provides strong braking performance.
  • KAWASAKI INTELLIGENT ANTI-LOCK BRAKE SYSTEM (KIBS): ​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.
  • WHEELS: The cast aluminum wheels were designed for optimized rigidity, which contributes to high-speed stability whether riding alone, or with a passenger and cargo. The star-pattern 5-spoke wheel design offers optimum rigidity for high-power performance at highway speeds .
  • CHASIS; TRELLIS FRAME: ​The lightweight trellis frame provides strength to harness the incredible power of the supercharged engine and features a balanced flex to achieve optimal rigidity for both sport riding and comfortable sport touring. The Ninja H2™ SX SE shares a trellis frame design similar to that of its Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R counterparts, but it has been completely redesigned for compatibility with passengers and luggage​

SE Exclusives

  • LARGER WINDSCREEN: Windscreen is larger (compared to the base model) for added wind protection.
  • HEATED GRIPS: Heated grips enhance comfort against frigid elements while cruising on the open road.
  • HIGH-GRADE SEATS: High grade micro-suede panels and custom stitching complement the aggressive styling of the Ninja H2 SX SE model, and features an embossed Ninja logo for exclusivity.
  • WHEELS: Machining and pinstriping on the wheels add to the high-quality image.
  • KAWASAKI LAUNCH CONTROL MODE (KLCM): 3-mode KLCM controls engine output to provide incredible acceleration from a stop b minimizing rear wheel-slip and front end lift.
  • KAWASAKI QUICK SHIFTER (KQS): Dual direction quick shifter allows both clutchless up upshifts and downshifts for seamless acceleration and smooth decerlation.
  • FULL COLOR LCD DISPLAY: Multi-function TFT Color LCD Screen. High-grade full color display features TFT (thin-film transistor) technology to ensure a level of visibility previously unobtainable. Two selectable display modes (Touring or Sport) allow riders to prioritize the information they want to see depending on the current ride.
  • LED CORNERING LIGHTS: ​Three LED lights built into each side of the fairing activate based on lean angle (one light at 10°, an additional second light at 20°, and all three lights illuminate at 30° and above) to help illuminate the road when cornering.

Supercharged Power

  • POWER FOR THE DISTANCE: ​The balanced supercharged engine was developed for everyday street-riding situations and delivers a versatile engine character that enables relaxed long-distance riding, easy manageability at slow speeds, exhilarating acceleration and superb fuel efficiency.
  • IN-HOUSE-DESIGNED BALANCED SUPERCHARGER: ​Newly redesigned to offer both power and fuel efficiency, the street-focused balanced supercharger is incredibly efficient at compressing air while minimizing heat. As a result of the supercharger’s efficiency, no large, heavy intercooler is required to cool the compressed air. The supercharger was designed to match the engine, allowing high-efficiency operation over a wider range of conditions than could be provided by any other typical supercharger.
  • RAM AIR INTAKE: Designed to deliver fresh air to the supercharger to increase efficiency and match the airflow requirements of the balanced supercharged engine. The Ram Air intake opening is 80% that of the Ninja H2™, matching airflow requirements of the balanced supercharged engine, to optimize flow (and response) at the low-mid engine speeds. Ram Air duct was designed to route fresh air to the supercharger in as straight a line as possible, contributing to the increased supercharger efficiency.
  • RAM AIR INTAKE: The Ram Air intake opening is 80% that of the Ninja H2™, matching airflow requirements of the balanced supercharged engine, to optimize flow (and response) at the low-mid engine speeds.
  • IMPELLER BUILT IN-HOUSE: ​The Ninja H2™ SX supercharger features an in-house designed impeller—the shape and angle of the blades are optimized for the high-efficiency engine. The complex impeller is formed from a forged aluminum block using a 5-axis CNC machining center for precision and durability. Grooves etched into the blade surfaces help direct the airflow.
  • THE PLANETARY GEAR: ​Designed using technology from Kawasaki Heavy Industries, LTD (KHI) Aerospace Company, the planetary gear is incredibly compact and efficient at transferring power. The planetary gear train runs off the crankshaft—with speed stepped up by an intermediary gear—ultimately producing an impeller rotation of 9.2x the crank speed, reaching maximum speeds of nearly 130,000 rpm, to produce optimal airflow.
  • 998 CC INLINE 4-CYLINDER ENGINE: The balanced supercharged engine delivers both exhilarating acceleration and superb fuel efficiency. The key to achieving this balance was increasing the engine’s thermal efficiency by utilizing a high compression ratio. Cast (rather than forged) through a unique process, the high compression pistons of the Ninja H2™ SX SE are lightweight—yet strong—and able to withstand extremely high temperatures. A two-stage machining process for the cylinder head (race technology developed for the Ninja ZX-10R) is used to form the throat of the intake ports – resulting in smooth intake airflow for maximum efficiency and performance. Hydraulic Assist and Slipper clutch offers light clutch pull and minimizes wheel chatter caused by downshifting​.

General Information

Manufacturer Kawasaki
Model Year 2018
Model Ninja H2 SX SE
Model Code ZX1002BJFL
Color Emerald Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black



Front - Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston monobloc calipers, dual semi-floating 320 mm discs, KIBS ABS

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


Front - 120/70 ZR17 (58W)

Rear - 190/55 ZR17 (75W)


Length Overall - 84.1 in.
Height Overall - 49.6 in.
Width Overall - 30.5 in.

Curb - 573.3 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 58.3 in.
Seat Height 32.9 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 11.2:1
Fuel System DFI® w/ 40 mm throttle bodies (4) with dual injection
Fuel Capacity 5 gal.
Ignition Digital
Cooling Liquid


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

Front - 43 mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs

Front Travel - 4.7 in.

Rear - New Uni-Trak, gas charged shock with piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring

Rear Travel - 5.3 in

Rake 24.7°
Trail 4.1 in.



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 and downshift)

Cruise Control

LED Corning Lights

Warranty 12 Month Limited Warranty