Stuff Singapore - - Hot Stuff - Jings! It’s got wings. Why does it have wings? How fast does it go?

Aye, it does. Like a child set­ting fire to a green­house full of fire­works, Kawasaki has cre­ated an ex­pen­sive, beau­ti­ful and po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous call for at­ten­tion. Per­haps it’s from watch­ing ri­vals Honda and Yamaha get­ting all the at­ten­tion in Mo­toGP – which Kawasaki pulled out of to fo­cus on its World Su­per­bike and MXGP mo­tocross cam­paigns. It’s def­i­nitely got our at­ten­tion now. The wings are there for sta­bil­ity (as on F1 cars), and they’re needed be­cause this is the world’s most pow­er­ful pro­duc­tion mo­tor­bike. A 998cc four-cylin­der en­gine is a solid base for a sports­bike, but Kawasaki has su­per­charged the H2R into a near-300bhp beast that leaves the pre­vi­ous ‘most pow­er­ful’ badge holder, BMW’s S1000RR, whim­per­ing in its tracks. With 300bhp push­ing some­thing that weighs a few hun­dred ki­los, ask not how fast it goes but how long you might be able to stay on. Kawasaki has been quiet about the elec­tron­ics pack­age, but it’ll cer­tainly have some level of trac­tion con­trol and prob­a­bly ac­tive sus­pen­sion. Top speed is a bit of a moot point in bikes, but it’ll likely do over 322km/h.

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