EICMA 2021: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE, Versys 650 Upgraded for 2022
Kawasaki showcased multiple models from its 2022 lineup at the recently concluded EICMA show in Milan. Of the lot, the Versys 650 and H2 SX SE have received the most notable updates, including styling tweaks and updated tech.
2022 Kawasaki Versys 650
The Versys 650 finally gets a much overdue update. Autocar India reports that the popular middle-weight sports tourer now features the 5-inch TFT display that made its way onto most of Kawasaki’s model range earlier this year. This introduces Bluetooth connectivity via the Kawasaki Rideology app.
The update also sees the addition of traction control — two levels that you can toggle via the new display. Mode 1 offers the least intervention, while Mode 2 is for early intervention in low-grip surfaces. You can also turn the system off.
A visual change comes in the form of a new front end that resembles the range-topping Versys 1000. This includes a redesigned front fairing with sharper lines, a new twin LED headlight, and an adjustable windscreen.
The rest of the Versys 650 remains unchanged, and the bike will continue to be powered by the same 649cc parallel-twin motor with no change in performance. While Kawasaki hasn’t revealed pricing for the updated model, we expect it to cost slightly more than its predecessor, considering the added tech on offer.
2022 Kawasaki H2 SX SE
The Kawasaki H2 SX SE has received more comprehensive changes for 2022. While the 999cc, supercharged, inline-four engine continues to produce an identical peak power of 200hp, Kawasaki has made some notable changes to the engine. It now gets revised cam timing, a new exhaust, and other refinements to the engine and gearbox.
The flagship tourer has also been updated with the Bosch radar system we’ve seen on the Ducati Multistrada V4. This enables adaptive cruise control, blindspot monitoring, and forward-collision warning. It also features the new Bosch 10.3ME IMU, allowing vehicle hold assist, keyless unlock, and a tire pressure monitoring system.
Other tech additions come in the form of a ‘SPIN’ infotainment system that allows you to control your smartphone screen via the bike’s 6.5-inch TFT dash.
Some cosmetic updates for 2022 include a sharper, more aggressive face, redesigned side, and upper fairing cowls.
For 2022, the H2 SX SE features larger seats and an updated iteration of Showa’s electronically-controlled Skyhook suspension.
Like with the Versys 650, Kawasaki is yet to announce pricing details for the H2 SX SE, and we shall update this space when more information is available.