New Kawasaki H2R
I love my Kawasaki Z1.
Muscle bike shit… pretty cool.
The original Kaw H1 (500cc) and H2 (750cc) were 2-stroke triples. (Below)
It depends on how you look at it. The H1 and H2 came out before the Z1 did. So technically they were the first Kaw muscle bike (sort of). However, the Z1 was faster and came out 1 year later so IMO, the Z1 is the first Kaw muscle bike.
With all that out of the way, Kaw came out with a new muscle bike (as you prob already know) that they call the H2R, in reference to the 70’s muscle bike.
It’s ugly as sin. But still badass and supercharged.
There are 2 versions.
– H2 (street legal – 220 HP)
– H2R (track only – 320 HP)
Regardless of it being the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen, I dig the muscle bike shit.
It’s an inline 4cyl so that’s even more reason Kaw should have called it Z1.
Regardless of how ugly it looks… the engineering in the motor is pretty sweet.
I love cool little micro-websites like this one about the H2R.
Not even this random pic below which I found on the internet can make the new H2R look good. ha. You’re welcome Ben.
The micro-website explains all the technology behind the bike.
Below are some good videos of it… even a welding vid to keep Adam happy.
Published - May 30, 2012
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