Kawasaki adds supercharged sports tourer

Kawasaki adds supercharged sports tourer

Kawasaki has hinted at a sports tourer version of its supercharged H2 with this 30-second video called “Supercharge Your Journey”.

It doesn’t show a motorcycle, but it is expected that the balanced supercharger technology from the H2 and H2R will be included in a more touring-oriented motorcycle.

The supercharger could be used in a larger or smaller engine than the 998cc four-cylinder motor in the H2.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 with lean angle sensor
H2

We would love to see Kawasaki add a supercharger to the ageing Ninja ZX-14R to blow away the Suzuki Hayabusa which could also get forced induction at some stage.

But it is more likely to be added to a smaller capacity engine to ensure next-level Euro5 emissions compliance to future-proof the bike.

A Japanese magazine has published this artist’s impression of what a supercharged Kawasaki sports tourer could look like.

Kawasaki adds supercharged sports tourer

Kawasaki is playing its cards close to its chest, including the name. Hopefully it’s something more catchy than H2 Tourer or H2 GT.

While most Japanese companies unveil new models at the Tokyo Motor Sow in October, Kawasaki is holding off until the EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan in November.

The European launch could indicate that the bike will be a bigger capacity engine for charging down the high-speed autobahns and autostrada of Europe.

5 Comments

  1. Since Triumph stopped selling the Sprint in Australia (they’re still made & sold in Europe) no fast comfortable sports tourer is available in Australia. Kawasaki are on a winner with this.

  2. In theory, a fast and comfortable high speed sports tourer should be ideal for Australia. But in reality, with pretty much blanket 110kph speed limits that make absolutely no sense in a huge and empty country, and a copper hiding behind every tree to enforce them, I don’t really see the point. Be great on the German autobahns though.

  3. Looks more like a turbo charger in the image – reminds me of Honda’s CX500 TC that I used own ages ago. That filled the tourer roll quite well; almost as good as my current ST1100A.

  4. Maybe I don’t keep up with new bikes well enough, but that Jap magazine has a curious interpretation of the term “sports tourer”. While they got the handlebars above the level of the seat, the windscreen barely rises above the handlebars.
    I appreciate that the term “sports tourer” is a strange combination of diametrically opposed concepts which resists formal definition, but I would expect a “sports tourer” to appear capable of carrying a passenger and/or luggage.
    The Jap magazine’s mockup looks like they slapped some one-piece handlebars on a “sports” bike and called it a day.

    1. I’m with you. You could save it was heavier on the sports side. I would say if you had to do a tour on a sports bike, you’d have a think about this bike. For a very sporty tour.

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