As expected, Kawasaki has unveiled a “touring” version of its supercharged H2 super bike called the H2 SX, but also added some surprises.
The Japanese company recently stole the Tokyo Motor Show with its Z900RS, but kept the Z900RS Cafe back for the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan.
Unlike the naked Z900RS, the cafe version features a bubble fairing and a humped sporty seat.
However, it does come in its own set of retro colours like the Z900RS to bring a nostalgic tear to the eye.
Ninja H2 SX
Kawasaki’s supercharged tourer has 150kW (200hp) of power, but better fuel economy than the Z1000SX, so they say.
The H2 SX edition gets TFT dash, cornering adaptive lights and an up/down quick-shifter.
Rider-aids include an inertial measurement unit, cruise control and Kawasaki ‘Cornering Management Function’.
The rear trellis frame seems to have been beefed up to accomodate a 190kg payload for a pillion and luggage and the wheelbase is longer for better high-speed stability.
Kawasaki hasn’t revealed a lot of technical specifications and we don’t even know if there is capability to fit luggage for touring.
However, the company says the second-generation supercharged engine has been developed for “real-world street use, offering a sensational linear power output in the low-mid-range”.
It’s definitely going to suit the autobahns of Europe.
We’re not so sure about the speed-camera-ravaged roads of Australia, though.
The Special Edition (SE) variant will be the only version distributed in Australia at this stage.
It will be fitted with panniers, a centre stand, cornering lights, cruise control and Kawasaki’s latest Inertia Measurement Unit (IMU) equipped electronics package.
It will arrive here in February 2017 at about $35k ride away.
Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R
The company has also added the 2018 ZX-10R SE model with Showa electronic semi-active suspension.
It uses an inertial measurement unit and sensors to automatically adjust settings in milliseconds according to conditions.
The Ninja ZX-10R SE is fitted with Marchesini forged alloy wheels, an up/down quick-shifter and a matt black finish with green highlights.
Kawasaki Motors Australia is yet to announce arrival or pricing for any of these models.