So, no, the H2 is not the crazy-fast, hair-graying machine of lore. But I know how the reputation got started. Kawasaki upped the power game—with torque, not just horsepower—and the H2 immediately exposed the limitations of contemporary chassis rigidity, suspension capability, and tire quality. Mitch’s bike rides on modern tires, and he’s made an effort to do the most with suspension, but the bike still feels vintage. It reacts to bumps in short bursts of movement, hopping and clapping over the larger stuff, reminding you to give pockmarked streets some care.