2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE First Look Preview

2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE.

2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

Kawasaki dropped all sorts of new goodies into the Ninja H2 SX SE for 2022, completely updating the bike’s suite of electronics, revising engine and clutch components, adding new bodywork elements, and refining the ergos. Price increases $2,000 from last year’s model as a result of the changes, landing at $27,500.

The supercharged 998cc inline-four impressed testers when the bike first hit the scene, and the smooth-yet-powerful character is enhanced thanks to revised cam timing and a new exhaust layout that both contribute to increased low- and midrange torque. A new resin silencer in the secondary air inlet reduced mechanical noise. Revised clutch internals provide additional stiffness and better fluid flow.

Kawasaki revised the exhaust layout as part of work to improve low- and midrange torque.

Kawasaki revised the exhaust layout as part of work to improve low- and midrange torque. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

The SX SE gets updated Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension, with the 43mm Showa cartridge fork and Balance Free Rear Cushion shock benefiting from updated Showa Skyhook EERA software. The revision promises to provide smoother, continually adapting settings across a variety of road surfaces.

Riders who want to spend longer stints in the saddle will also enjoy a wider seat, grip heaters, new Brembo master cylinder, and a USB power outlet underneath the rear seat.

The most extensive changes come in the electronics department, thanks to a bevy of new systems.

A new assortment of Bosch advanced rider Assistance systems help make the 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE safer, particularly in urban environments.

A new assortment of Bosch advanced rider Assistance systems help make the 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE safer, particularly in urban environments. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

The Bosch advanced rider assistance systems provide input on surroundings using radar sensors, funneling information to the new Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Collision Warning, and Blind Spot Detection systems. All the systems can be disengaged, and warnings come by way of flashing LED indicators and alerts on the new 6.5-inch color TFT instrument display. It also gets a new Bosch 10.3ME ABS IMU unit, a Vehicle Hold Assist system and Tire Pressure Monitoring system. A new Kawasaki Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System allows remote starts and steering lock when the key fob is within range. The bike continues to feature KTRC and selectable power modes.

Additionally, the SX SE will be compatible with Kawasaki’s Spin infotainment app which allows riders to download third-party applications and display them on the new TFT instrument panel.

Kawasaki widened the seat for 2022 to give riders and passengers a more comfortable perch.

Kawasaki widened the seat for 2022 to give riders and passengers a more comfortable perch. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

The look of the bike is updated too, with new upper and side cowls, a new LED headlight and cornering lights, updated mirrors, and new “Supercharged” emblems. It will roll on new Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tires.

The 2022 Ninja H2 SX SE will come in an Emerald Blazed Green/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Graphite Gray colorway.

Kawasaki will offer a range of accessories.

Kawasaki will offer a range of accessories. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE Technical Specifications and Price

Price: $27,500
Engine: 998cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-four; 16 valves
Bore x Stroke: 76.0 x 55.0mm
Compression Ratio: 11.2:1
Fuel Delivery: DFI w/ 40mm throttle bodies, Kawasaki Supercharger
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc, w/ Kawasaki Quickshifter
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Frame: High-tensile steel trellis
Front Suspension: 43mm USD Showa fork, fully adjustable w/ KECS; 4.7 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Showa BFRC shock, fully adjustable w/ KECS; 5.5 in. travel
Front Brake: Brembo 4-piston Stylema calipers, 320mm semi-floating discs w/ KIBS ABS
Rear Brake: 2-piston caliper, 250mm disc w/ KIBS ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: 17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22; 120/70-17 / 190/55-17
Rake/Trail: 24.7°/4.1 in.
Wheelbase: 58.3 in.
Seat Height: 32.9 in.
Fuel Capacity: 5.0 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight: 591 lb
Available: TBD
Contact: kawasaki.com

During unexpected braking maneuvers, motorists will be alerted by the ESS system.

During unexpected braking maneuvers, motorists will be alerted by the ESS system. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

A new 6.5-inch full-color TFT instrument panel connects to Kawasaki’s Spin infotainment app.

A new 6.5-inch full-color TFT instrument panel connects to Kawasaki’s Spin infotainment app. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

A new tire pressure monitoring system is installed on the SX SE as well.

A new tire pressure monitoring system is installed on the SX SE as well. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

Vehicle Hold Assist makes it easier to take off on an incline.

Vehicle Hold Assist makes it easier to take off on an incline. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE gets the latest KECS with Skyhook suspension setup.

The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE gets the latest KECS with Skyhook suspension setup. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

A new KIPASS system allows remote starting when the key fob is in range.

A new KIPASS system allows remote starting when the key fob is in range. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

The Ninja H2 SX SE is more travel-ready than ever.

The Ninja H2 SX SE is more travel-ready than ever. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE will only come in one colorway.

The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE will only come in one colorway. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE will start at $27,500.

The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE will start at $27,500. (Kawasaki Motors Corporation/)

Source: MotorCyclistOnline.com

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