2020 Kawasaki Z H2

Supernaked meet supercharger.

Kawasaki Z H2 right side
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The 2020 Kawasaki Z H2 adopts naked bike styling from Kawasaki’s Z line and marries it with the power of the Ninja H2. Did somebody say supercharger? Nestled in the exposed trellis frame lies the supercharged 998cc four-cylinder engine ready to attack the streets and track with thrilling power—197 claimed hp to be more specific. Its expansive suite of rider aids and electronics flush it out into a modern pavement poacher as well. Rider-aid gizmos include an up and down quickshifter (less time shifting, more time speeding, right?), launch control, ABS, traction control, three power modes, and four ride modes.

2020 Kawasaki Z H2 Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

Contributor John L. Stein attended the press launch at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway for a first ride and stated, “The Z H2 presents as expected: a naked literbike with genial open seating and cockpit dimensions; a wide, low-rise handlebar; a fat fuel tank (narrowed below and behind for the knees, thanks much); and a modestly padded seat. And. Huge. Freaking. Power!”

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While this supercharged engine/naked bike combo is the first in its class, powerful naked bikes that would contest the Z H2′s 998cc displacement and naked styling include the Yamaha MT-10 ($12,999), Ducati Streetfighter ($19,995), and MV Agusta Brutale 1000 RR (29,990 euros or $35,242).

Kawasaki Z H2 Updates For 2020

This model is new for 2020 and will be available in Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Graphite Gray/Mirror Coated Spark Black for 17 grand.

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2020 Kawasaki Z H2 Claimed Specifications

Price: $17,000
Engine: Liquid-cooled DOHC supercharged four-cylinder
Displacement: 998cc
Bore x Stroke: 76.0 x 55.0mm
Horsepower: 197.0 hp
Torque: 101 lb.-ft. @ 9,500 rpm
Transmission: 6-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Seat Height: 32.7 in.
Rake: 24.9°
Trail: 4.1 in.
Front Suspension: 37mm inverted fork, fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Fully adjustable; 5.3-in. travel
Front Tire: 120/70-17
Rear Tire: 190/55-17
Wheelbase: 57.3 in.
Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gal.
Wet Weight: 527 lb.
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