VER­DICT ‘It’s a bat­tle of brains v brawn’

ADAM CHILD SE­NIOR ROAD TESTER

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The Ninja H2 is £8000 more than the ZZR – which is al­ready un­af­ford­able for many – has a tiny tank range, will eat a rear tyre in half a day on track, has a very ag­gres­sive throt­tle re­sponse and is al­most too much for the road – but it’s the one we want even if it was just to park in the front room to look at. We love it.

KAWASAKI NINJA H2 £22,000

En­gine 998cc su­per­charged in­line four cylin­der liq­uid cooled Power 210bhp @ 11,000rpm with ram air Torque 98.46ftlb @ 10,500rpm Weight 238kg (kerb) Front sus­pen­sion 43mm in­verted forks, fully ad­justable Rear Sus­pen­sion Monoshock, fully

KAWASAKI ZZR1400 PER­FOR­MANCE SPORT £14,499

En­gine 1441cc in­line four cylin­der liq­uid cooled Power 210bhp @ 10,000rpm with ram air Torque 119.85ftlb @ 7500rpm Weight 268kg (kerb) Front Sus­pen­sion 43mm in­verted fork, fully ad­justable Rear Sus­pen­sion Öh­lins TTX rear monoshock, fully ad­justable

But if you’re buy­ing with your brain, and only ride on the road in the UK, it’s im­pos­si­ble to deny that the ZZR makes more sense – and is barely any slower sub-100mph. It is in­sanely fast on the road and is a far more rounded propo­si­tion than the H2. It’s brains or brawn – take your choice, and pay your money. ad­justable with high and low-speed com­pres­sion Front brakes 2 x 330mm discs with Brembo four-pis­ton caliper Rear brake 250mm disc with two-pis­ton caliper Seat height 825mm Fuel ca­pac­ity Wheel­base 1455mm Front tyre Rear tyre 200/55 R17 Front brakes 2 x 310mm discs with Brembo four-pis­ton caliper Rear brake 250mm disc with two-pis­ton caliper Seat height 800mm Fuel ca­pac­ity 22 litres Wheel­base 1480mm Front tyre 120/70 R17 Rear tyre 190/50 R17

Sur­pris­ingly the ZZR was only a sec­ond slower around Brands than the H2 The su­per-loud H2 might’ve passed the track noise test, but the boys’ suits didn’t!

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