Your 2023 Kawasaki H2 SX SE Has Arrived, Darling

Undecided how Kawasaki is asking this a “new mannequin press launch,” because the solely factor new on our favourite surface-to-surface cruise missile is its Auto Hello-Beam (AHB) headlight. However within the hopes they’ll mortgage us one for some time, we’ll play alongside.

Actually, we don’t know what else Kawasaki might’ve added anyway, since this Rivermarked flagship was already bristling with each armament in Kawasaki’s formidable arsenal. The unique supercharged SX SE of 2018 simply turned that yr’s Finest Sport Tourer (I gave it a 97.5 on the scorecard, most likely my highest rating ever).

And simply final yr, Kawasaki upgraded the ’22 bike with up to date styling, extra torque from the 998cc supercharged 4 (despite the fact that it already made 89 lb-ft @ 8600 rpm on the wheel, and a simple 172 hp 1700 rpm later), Superior Rider Help System (ARAS) with Adaptive Cruise Management (ACC), Ahead Collision Warning (FCW), and Blind Spot Detection (BSD)…

Additionally Kawasaki Electronically Managed Suspension (KECS) with Skyhook know-how, a 6.5-inch TFT display, new Smartphone-based Infotainment app (SPIN), Tire Stress Monitoring System (TPMS), Car Maintain Help (VHA), and Kawasaki Clever Proximity Activation Begin System(KIPASS) distant key fob. They even claimed to have made the ’22 extra cozy, with wider seats for each rider and passenger.

What’s to not like? You’ll be excused for not liking that you may’t swing $28,000 for a bike. However should you’re one of many chosen few who can, you gained’t be in the slightest degree disillusioned.

To place a finer level on all of it, let’s not squander the three,000+ phrases some hardworking, under-appreciated copywriter slaved over. Full particulars under.

Kawasaki Press Launch:




Kawasaki Ninja H2 fashions are a testomony to Kawasaki’s pursuit of innovation, efficiency, and keenness for creating the world’s most superior line of supercharged bikes. For 2023, the Ninja H2 SX SE bike returns to Kawasaki’s hypersport lineup, mixing efficiency and supreme real-world dealing with with Kawasaki’s most superior suite of rider help applied sciences to this point.The Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE brings the most recent in electronically managed suspension, braking, and rider help applied sciences to the supercharged hyperbike platform, making it the last word sport touring bundle. New for 2023 is the addition of Auto Hello-Beam (AHB), which robotically turns the excessive beam lights on and off as obligatory relying on brightness forward. The Ninja H2 SX SE is powered by an exhilarating, balanced supercharged 998cc inline four-cylinder engine, which makes use of Kawasaki’s information of precision engine tuning to distribute energy to the place it’s most helpful, within the low to mid-range for each lengthy distance touring and every day using. With this highly effective engine at its core, Kawasaki has created one of the crucial superior and well-balanced bikes in efficiency, consolation, and effectivity, to broaden your supercharged journey.Developed with the power to go above and past the every day functions of at present’s sportbike rider, the Ninja H2 SX SE is Kawasaki’s most superior sport tourer ever and makes use of a balanced supercharged engine that provides optimum output efficiency within the low to mid RPM vary, all whereas reaching glorious gas effectivity. This extremely refined bundle gives an unequalled degree of efficiency and luxury, with agile dealing with akin to its superbike counterparts. 


  • NEW Auto Hello-Beam (AHS) 
  • 998cc inline four-cylinder balanced supercharged engine 
  • 6.5” TFT shade instrumentation with SPIN  
  • Superior Rider Help System (ARAS) 
  • Adaptive Cruise Management (ACC) 
  • Ahead Collision Warning (FCW) 
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD) 
  • Tire Stress Monitoring System (TPMS) 
  • Car Maintain Help (VHA) 
  • Kawasaki Electronically Managed Suspension (KECS)
  • Kawasaki Clever Proximity Activation Begin System (KIPASS) 


New for 2023, the Ninja H2 SX SE now has an AHB characteristic that makes use of a digicam sensor to evaluate brightness of the lights of automobiles forward, streetlights, and extra. AHB robotically turns the bike’s excessive beams on or off as obligatory primarily based on brightness. For this characteristic to perform, the dimmer/passing swap should be set to excessive beam, the bike should be touring above 12.4mph, and it should be darkish. As soon as the system has been engaged, the icon will likely be displayed in inexperienced on the instrument display. 


A balanced supercharged 998cc inline four-cylinder engine is designed to ship each energy and gas effectivity on the 2023 Ninja H2® SX SE, specializing in low-mid vary energy supply with exhilarating acceleration that prioritizes on a regular basis usability in street-riding circumstances. Cam timing contributes to the general engine efficiency, whereas the resin silencer added to the secondary air inlet reduces mechanical (consumption) noise and the straight-pipe type format delivers glorious torque to learn on a regular basis experience capability. 

A dog-ring transmission enhances the highly effective engine and facilitates easy, fast shifting. A hydraulic help and slipper clutch gives gentle lever operation and the amount of the hydraulic fluid routed to the clutch plates delivers a easy clutch launch. Because of this, the shift load as a result of plates dragging will be minimized, which is noticeable when stopped, and it’s simpler to shift into impartial. 


A big, easy-to-read 6.5” full-color TFT instrumentation display provides a high-tech look to the cockpit. The TFT instrumentation is complemented by a number of show modes (black, white or computerized) and smartphone connectivity in addition to compatibility with Kawasaki Smartphone Integration (SPIN) to supply riders a variety of knowledge. The house display show is split into three areas, higher, center, and decrease. Show features within the higher space embody built-in using mode, gear place indicator, distance setting indicator, ACC indicator, tachometer, Kawasaki Fast Shift (KQS) indicator, Kawasaki Engine Brake Management (KEBC) indicator, and a multifunction gauge that visually exhibits the increase stress plus the rider’s selection of throttle utility, entrance brake stress or G-force. The center space show features embody a big digital speedometer, cornering gentle indicator, service indicator, Car Maintain Help (VHA) indicator, and economical using indicator. Within the decrease space, a multifunction show permits riders to scroll by way of features similar to odometer, twin journey meters, financial institution angle show and financial institution angle recording perform, tire stress, increase stress, increase temperature, present and common gas consumption, remaining vary, common velocity, complete time, and battery voltage. Extra show features that may also be accessed embody gas gauge, Kawasaki Electronically Managed Suspension (KECS) preload mode, exterior temperature, ice warning, linked system indicator, and clock and coolant temperature. 

Kawasaki’s smartphone-based infotainment app (SPIN) permits numerous third celebration functions to be downloaded and mirrored on the cockpits TFT show. Fundamental features out there within the app embody phone, map show, music, calendar, and contacts. Moreover, riders can choose to obtain third celebration apps so as to add to their Kawasaki SPIN library to have the ability to work together with them on the TFT show. Accessible apps embody Sygic (navigation), SENA (headset communication), and extra. 

Utilizing Kawasaki SPIN offers riders entry to a number of nice features, together with:

  1. Car Data: info similar to gas gauge, odometer, upkeep schedule, which might all be considered through the smartphone
  2. Using Log: GPS route info in addition to automobile working info will be logged and considered through the smartphone 
  3. Phone Notices: when a name or mail is acquired by the smartphone, that is indicated on the instrument show  


The Ninja H2 SX SE bike continues to boast the most recent cutting-edge know-how, which incorporates the Superior Rider Help System (ARAS) that options surround-sensing features primarily based on radar sensors that generates a extra relaxed using expertise. Oftentimes, using in heavy visitors and sustaining the proper distance to the automobile in entrance takes a substantial amount of focus and may turn out to be strenuous over longer intervals. Adaptive Cruise Management (ACC) maintains the velocity set by the rider however adjusts the automobile velocity to take care of an appropriate following distance from the automobile in entrance. When the system is working, a sign is proven on the instrument panel, together with the image displaying inexperienced when following a automobile forward and gray when there isn’t a automobile forward. As soon as operational velocity will get to a sure level, which varies in every gear, the system will disengage, and the rider might want to function the brakes manually. Urgent the cruise management button on the left aspect of the handlebar turns the system off. Working the brakes or partaking the clutch for a number of seconds causes ACC to be quickly disengaged and shutting the throttle fully may even disengage the system. Accelerating (throttle override) or shifting gears (so long as the brand new gear’s minimal operation velocity is met) doesn’t disengage the system until the utmost velocity allowed is reached. 

Bosch’s growth of Ahead Collision Warning (FCW) was designed to cut back the danger of a rear-end collision or to mitigate its penalties by way of front-facing radar sensor displays. The system is lively as quickly because the automobile begins, and it helps the rider in all related velocity ranges. If the system detects that one other automobile is in too shut of vary, and the rider doesn’t react to the state of affairs, it warns the rider with a vibrant flashing crimson LED gentle above the instrument panel and a warning can also be proven on the TFT show. Riders can set the alert timing in accordance with choice with choices together with early, medium or late. FCW may also be turned off, which will likely be indicated on the TFT show. 

The Blind Spot Detection (BSD) perform helps hold a lookout in all instructions to help motorcyclists with lane modifications. A rear-facing radar sensor serves because the blind spot detection’s eye, registering objects in hard-to-see areas on each the left- and right-hand sides. When an approaching automobile is detected, an LED constructed into the rearview mirror will illuminate, a primary on a Kawasaki bike. If a rider signifies the intent to alter lanes by switching on the flip sign whereas a automobile is detected within the blind spot, the mirror LED will flash. BSD will be turned off and will likely be indicated on the TFT show when doing so. 


The Tire Stress Monitoring System (TPMS) permits tire air stress to repeatedly be monitored whereas using, including reassurance for the rider on lengthy rides. Tire stress sensors are used to alert the rider when tire stress falls under 31.9 PSI by way of a low-pressure warning that’s displayed on the TFT meter. 


Activated when the rider has stopped and firmly applies the brake(s), Car Maintain Help (VHA) engages the rear brake to permit the rider to loosen up the hand brake. The ABS pump exerts stress to have interaction the rear brake, and a light-weight/sign is indicated on the TFT meter to let the rider know the brake hand will be relaxed and the bike will stay in place. The system disengages robotically when the rider turns the throttle to speed up, when the aspect stand goes down, or 10-minutes after activation. The rider may disengage the system by rapidly squeezing and releasing the brake lever (inside 1 second). 


The Kawasaki Clever Proximity Activation Begin System (KIPASS) grasp key system permits distant activation of the principle swap and steering lock of the Ninja H2 SX SE bike. The system gives elevated comfort whereas appearing as a deterrent to theft and vandalism. With the compact key fob in a pocket, the KIPASS sends out a sign that’s picked up and acknowledged by the ECU. For added safety, an immobilizer perform is integrated into the ignition system. As a flagship mannequin, the important thing fob of the Ninja H2 SX SE is adorned with the Kawasaki River Mark. 


The Ninja H2 SX SE is Kawasaki’s first mannequin to combine an FI-ECU with torque-demand capabilities and the brand new IMU measures in six levels of freedom (DOF) with a compact, increase circuit-equipped ABS with excessive computational energy. IMU permits inertia alongside 6 DOF to be monitored. With the brand new unit, acceleration alongside longitudinal transverse and vertical axes, plus roll price, pitch price and yaw price are all measured. Suggestions from the IMU is used to present clearer real-time image of chassis orientation. With extra subtle torque-demand capabilities, the FI-ECU is ready to alter torque in response to exterior course, which permits it to work in live performance with the ABS. This coordinated management of each the engine and brakes is important for delivering easy operation in methods like the brand new ACC. A lift circuit able to growing fluid stress on the brake calipers permits the brakes to be activated unbiased of direct rider enter, which is required for the brand new ACC and VHA methods.  


The Ninja H2 SX SE options KECS with Skyhook know-how which helps help the bike’s sprung weight and modulates the suspension damping drive to permit the wheels to trace street dips and bumps whereas sustaining the bike’s vertical place with minimal disturbance. The up to date software program incorporates Showa’s Skyhook EERA (Electronically Geared up Experience Adjustment) know-how to ship an much more composed experience. Showa’s Skyhook software program, rigorously fine-tuned by Kawasaki engineers to make sure the sporty using character of the Ninja H2 SX SE was preserved, delivers a easy experience because it regularly adapts to the street floor in actual time. Combining high-level mechanical parts with the most recent digital management know-how, KECS gives each the suppleness to supply using consolation in a variety of using conditions, in addition to the agency damping to facilitate sport using. Dealing with the suspension duties is a sporty 43mm inverted Showa cartridge fork and a high-spec Showa Stability Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) lite rear shock – just like the rear suspension used on the Ninja ZX-10R sportbike, besides it additionally options electronically adjustable preload.

Within the BFRC lite shock, damping drive is generated in an exterior Damping Power Chamber, and compression and rebound damping are generated independently, permitting the entire floor of the principle piston to behave as a pump, pushing oil in the direction of the valves. This configuration additionally helps to suppress stress stability fluctuations on account of shock compression and extension.

Compression and rebound damping for each the forks and shock are generated (and adjusted) electronically through the KECS system that’s managed by a solenoid valve with direct actuation and permits for terribly fast response time. Riders can select from 4 modes: Sport, Highway, Rain, and Guide. KECS then adjusts to the street floor setting in actual time to offer the perfect damping, contemplating automobile velocity, stroke velocity and deceleration. Riders can electronically management the rear shock preload settings as nicely. KECS gives three totally different preload settings: rider solely, rider with baggage, and rider with passenger and baggage. Riders can fine-tune these settings with 10 ranges of adjustment for every. 

The forks and shock have built-in stroke sensors that present real-time stroke velocity and compression info. The sensor coils present enter to the KECS ECU each millisecond. That is complemented by info supplied by the IMU (acceleration/deceleration) each 10 milliseconds and the FI ECU (automobile velocity) each 10 milliseconds. The KECS ECU then directs present to the solenoids to regulate damping as required by the state of affairs.

STYLING Smooth traces give the Ninja H2 SX SE a pointy, compact look, whereas sustaining its aggressive and seductive Ninja picture. The entrance face design factors to its supercharged roots and immediately communicates that it’s greater than the strange sport touring machine. The higher cowl options angular traces and a slim, compact impression even with the addition of the radar sensor, which is positioned under the headlight. The radar sensor sits behind a canopy, specifically designed to not intrude with the radar perform. The Kawasaki River Mark emblem is proudly displayed on the higher cowl – a real reflection of the high-level efficiency, consolation, and high quality that the Ninja H2 SX SE gives. Full fairing bodywork provides to the bike’s sporty picture and helps to cut back warmth that may be felt by the rider. 

With the intention to match the higher cowl, easy surfaces have been added to the aspect cowl and contribute to the styling. The higher cowl is compact to accommodate the entrance radar sensor, and a LED headlight is positioned on the entrance of the higher cowl, contributing to the extreme design. It options built-in place lamps which might be crystal-like in look, including a high-class contact. LED cornering lights are constructed into either side of the fairing in units of three to assist illuminate the street when cornering. Aerodynamically formed mirrors provide a transparent view of the rear, even when the Kawasaki Real Equipment 28L onerous saddlebag set is fitted, and have single-bulb LED-type flip indicators. Rear-facing radar is constructed into the rear fender, and just like the entrance radar, is cleverly hidden by a specifically designed cowl. LED flip indicators contribute to the bike’s high-quality picture and a handcrafted two-color “Supercharged” emblem is fitted to speak the flagship standing of the Ninja H2 SX SE. 

ERGONOMICSAn ergonomically designed entrance seat offers consolation for spending lengthy hours within the saddle in addition to accommodates place modifications for sportier using. Each rider and passenger seats add to rider and passenger consolation. The extensive rear seat contains a flat floor on the entrance to assist hold the passenger from sliding ahead beneath braking. Beneath the rear seat, a USB-type energy outlet gives a handy supply for powering equipment or private objects. The using place of the Ninja H2 SX SE gives a relaxed bend that’s snug for in-town using and lengthy touring and options grip heaters so as to add to the consolation on chilly days. The grip heater wiring is routed inside the handlebar for a clear design. 


The Ninja H2 SX SE comes outfitted with high-grade Brembo Stylema entrance calipers. The design of key sections permits stiffness to be maintained whereas enabling a direct connection to the piston space. The Stylema calipers rapidly cool due to optimum airflow across the brake pads, area across the pistons, and a gap that permits air to exit from the central bridge. The twin radial mount opposed 4-piston Stylema entrance calipers grip a pair of semi-floating 320 mm discs, which enhance the technical innovation and premium high quality of the Ninja H2 SX SE. Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tires present stability of sport and touring efficiency.  


All-inclusive modes that hyperlink KTRC, Energy Mode and KECS permit riders to effectively set traction management, energy supply, and suspension traits to swimsuit a given using state of affairs. Riders can select from 4 settings: Sport, Highway, Rain or a Guide setting. Within the guide rider mode, every of the methods will be set independently. The Sport setting permits riders to take pleasure in sporty dealing with using. The Highway setting offers snug using traits over a variety of conditions, from metropolis using to freeway cruising and rural roads. The Rain setting gives rider reassurance when using on a low traction floor. 


Kawasaki’s Extremely Sturdy Paint contains a particular prime coat that permits sure forms of scratches to restore themselves, enabling the paint to take care of its prime quality end by way of regular put on and tear. The self-healing is achieved by way of microscopic mushy and onerous segments inside the prime coat working like a chemical spring, making a trampoline impact that absorbs many impacts.

1.  Restoration can take every week or longer.
2. The paint is not going to recuperate within the case of scratches brought on by a coin or key, or zip fasteners.


For 2023, a wide range of Kawasaki Real Equipment (KGA) can be found for the Ninja H2 SX SE, together with a excessive entrance seat, low entrance seat, shade matched seat cowl, oil cap, helmet lock, and clear windshield that’s 55mm decrease. Extra equipment embody body sliders, a 28L onerous saddlebag set, bag becoming equipment, shade panel equipment, trim set, and one key system. 

Ninja H2 SX SE

Shade: Emerald Blazed Inexperienced / Metallic Diablo Black / Metallic Graphite Grey  

MSRP: $28,000

Availability: Accessible Now 

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