2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+

A supercharged sport-tourer that apologizes to no one for anything

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Okay, a name like Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ doesn't roll smoothly off the tongue, but this supercharged sport-tourer based on the uber-powerful H2 makes amends for any linguistic shortcomings with performance that will rock your world. In fact, the H2 SX SE+ delivers phenomenal acceleration. At our desert test site, a 2018 model leapt from 0–60 mph in just 2.98 seconds and reached 100 mph 2.39 seconds later, ultimately covering the quarter-mile in 10.04 seconds at 144 mph. Expect more of the same from the latest example, which is upgraded this year with Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS), Brembo Stylema front brake calipers, more durable self-repairing paint (Kawasaki claims "microscopic soft and hard segments within the top coat work like a chemical spring that creates a trampoline effect to absorb impacts"), new integrated riding modes, and smartphone connectivity.

Other standard features carried over from the previous edition include a full-color TFT dash, heated handgrips, launch control, a quickshifter for clutchless upshifts and downshifts, LED cornering lights—one illuminates at 10 degrees, a second at 20 degrees, and all three at 30 degrees or greater—and leather seating surfaces.

Likes: Blistering speed; stunning looks; saddlebags swallow full-face helmets

Dislikes: Upgraded brake and electronics aside, year-over-year MSRP jumped $3K

Verdict: Supremely capable of covering serious distance, no matter the topography

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Named Best Open-Class Streetbike of 2018, the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE has “bonkers straight-line performance, but it also performs when the road bends,” Senior Editor Justin Dawes wrote. “While the 594-pound wet weight can be felt hustling through cornering transitions, the chassis is rock solid once the bike is leaned over on the sides of the tires.”

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ Reviews And Comparisons

"There are plenty of more practical options out there, but the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE wasn't meant to be practical," Sport Rider Editor-in-Chief Kent Kunitsugu wrote after riding the 2018 model. "It's a high-quality, serious performance machine cut from a unique cloth that can't be found anywhere else."

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ Competition

Motorcycling has its share of sport-tourers, which Cycle World defines as machines that come standard from their respective factories fitted with hard saddlebags. While engine displacement and number of cylinders vary from one brand to the next, the top multis are the most likely competition for the H2 SX SE+.

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ Specifications And Pricing

Color-matched to the rest of the bike, the lockable saddlebags are easy to remove, clean, and reinstall. On the Cycle World scales, the 28-liter bags add 17 pounds to the overall weight of the bike. Choose from three "self-healing" colors: Metallic Graphite, Gray/Metallic Diablo, or Black/Emerald Blazed Green.

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $25,000
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, supercharged, inline-four
Displacement 998cc
Bore x Stroke 76.0mm x 55.0mm
Horsepower 197.0 hp @ 11,200 rpm
Torque 101.0 lb.-ft. @ 9500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 32.9 in.
Rake 24.7°
Trail 4.1 in.
Front Suspension 43mm; fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 5.5-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 190/55-17
Fuel Capacity 5.0 gal.
Wheelbase 58.3 in.
Claimed Wet Weight 577 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications (2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE)

Seat Height 32.3 in.
Wet Weight 577 lb. (without bags)
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 161.1 hp @ 10,200 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 89.1 lb.-ft. @ 8,500 rpm
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A
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