2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE+ Completes The H2 Lineup

Kawasaki adds a handling-focused H2 to the lineup

Kawasaki has not sat on its laurels with its H2 lineup. At Intermot, it added a slew of changes and a special-edition model. For EICMA, it is releasing a brand-new trim under the H2 family. Meet the Ninja H2 SX SE+, which takes the H2 formula and blends it with the latest in suspension and braking technology.

Ninja H2 SX SE+
The Ninja H2 SX SE+ rounds out Kawasaki’s hypersport family.Kawasaki

In Kawasaki’s opinion, this new model offers, “an unrivaled level of performance and comfort, with agile handling akin to its superbike counterparts.”

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
Could this be the ultimate street shredder? High-spec brakes and suspension, plus a supercharger certainly make a strong case.Kawasaki

The big party piece is the electronic suspension. The Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) on the Ninja H2 SX SE+ uses a 43mm inverted Showa cartridge fork and a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion lite (BFRC-lite) rear shock used on the Ninja ZX-10R sportbike. However, on the H2 SX SE+, the rear shock has electronically adjustable preload.

The fork and shock have built-in stroke sensors for real-time stroke speed and compression information. The sensor coils provide input to the KECS ECU every millisecond. This coil is complemented with information by the IMU (acceleration/deceleration) every 10 milliseconds and the FI ECU (vehicle speed) every 10 milliseconds. The KECS ECU then directs current to the solenoids to adjust damping as required by the situation.

Fully electric suspension
Fully electric suspension, including rear preload, brings the H2 SX SE+ bang up to spec with the rest of the hypersport class.Kawasaki

In the BFRC-lite shock, damping force is generated in an external Damping Force Chamber, and compression and rebound damping are generated independently.

Riders can choose from four modes, each with ranges for suspension settings: sport road, rain, and manual. KECS then adjusts in real time to provide the ideal damping. Variables include vehicle speed, stroke speed, and deceleration. KECS offers three preload settings for the rear shock as well: rider only, rider with luggage, and rider with passenger and luggage. Ten levels of adjustment are also available in each setting to dial in your preferences.

Brembo Stylema calipers
Brembo Stylema calipers are found throughout the H2 lineup for 2019, and seem to be a favorite of the hypersport class.Kawasaki

To complement the suspension, Kawasaki has added Brembo dual radial-mount, opposed four-piston Stylema calipers gripping semi-floating 330mm discs found throughout the H2 lineup this year.

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE display
Ride modes are fully customizable, and aimed to cater the bike to every conceivable riding scenario.Kawasaki

There are also all-inclusive modes that link KTRC, Power Mode, and KECS, allowing riders to efficiently set traction control, power delivery, and suspension characteristics to suit a given riding situation. There are four main settings: Sport, Road, Rain, or a Manual setting. Kawasaki says the Sport setting is best for sport-oriented riding. The Road setting is geared more for a wide range of situations. The Rain setting for low-traction scenarios. Manual gives total control over all parameters independently.

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
Smartphone compatibility allows for seamless modification of ride modes while off the bike.Kawasaki

The Ninja H2 SX SE+ has smartphone compatibility and integration, found throughout the Kawasaki lineup this year. Using Rideology The App, a number of instrument functions can be accessed, logged, and reviewed.

Vehicle information can be viewed. A riding log is integrated to hold detailed data, route, distance, and time traveled, and riding conditions can be logged. Vehicle settings can be made on your smartphone and then applied before riding as well, along with shift settings, Ride Mode, and Electronic Suspension settings.

The app can also be used when away from the motorcycle. Logging information while you ride with the app on, and implementing any changes made via the app while the engine is off or out of range as soon as the ignition is turned on and the smartphone is in range with the app on.

Finally, the Ninja H2 SX SE+ benefits from Kawasaki’s Highly Durable Paint. This new paint has a special topcoat that allows some scratches to repair themselves. The self-healing is achieved through microscopic soft and hard segments within the topcoat working like a chemical spring, allowing the paint to absorb impact.

2019 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
What’s your pick for a hypersport road trip?Kawasaki

Kawasaki continues to expand and improve its H2 family through technical and componentry improvements. With the addition of the H2 SX SE+, Kawasaki continues to show why the H2 should remain at the top of the hypersport category, even while the segment is becoming ever more crowded at EICMA 2018.