The title of world’s fastest production motorcycle is truly an elusive one. Over the course of the past few decades, this title has changed hands from European manufacturers in the 80s to the Japanese speed wars that raged on from the early 90s to 2000s. First, we saw Honda’s CBR1100XX Black Bird hold the title, only to be snatched away by the Suzuki Hayabusa—a bike fittingly named after the Peregrine Falcon, a bird of prey whose meal of choice was in fact the Black Bird.
Little did Honda or Suzuki know that a certain green machine would take the throne from the Hayabusa like a thief in the night—a Ninja of whom nobody expected an arrival. That’s right, the Ninja ZX-14R took the throne from the ‘Busa, and Kawasaki has never looked back since. In 2015, Kawasaki further cemented its reign of speed when it launched the Ninja H2R, the bike that would unequivocally be crowned the fastest production motorcycle in the world—a title it holds to this very day. Alongside the Ninja H2R was the standard H2; a street-legal version of the R, as well as the H2 SX, a sport-tourer that packs the same supercharged punch as the sportbike.
Fast forward to today, and the Kawasaki Ninja H2 continues to be a very highly sought-after model in the global market. In fact, a good number of these bikes have made their way to the Philippine market, with a brand new unit fetching P1,800,000. For the 2022 model year, Kawasaki has announced that it will be updating the bike with some minor refinements. It will, however, be a limited release street bike, and available only in select markets for a short period of time. How short? Well, Kawasaki has stated that it will be accepting reservations for the bike starting October 5, 2021, all the way through December 17, 2021, specific to the US market.
Unfortunately as of this moment, there isn’t any word as to whether or not we will be getting the 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 in the local market. If and when it does come here, though, it will surely sport some killer tech consisting of highly sophisticated rider aids developed exclusively for racing. These include Kawasaki Cornering Management Function, Kawasaki Traction Control, and Launch Control modes. Additionally, it gets Kawasaki’s cutting edge intelligent anti-lock braking system (ABS), as well as programmable engine braking, a bidirectional quick shifter, and an Öhlins electronic steering damper. All these premium underpinnings complement the supercharged 998cc inline-four engine that pumps out 230 horsepower at 11,500 RPM.