Kawasaki H2, 2015 MCN over­all Ma­chine of the Year New model price £22,000

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Any up­dates since 2015?

None, but if you re­ally want to scare your­self, the non-road le­gal £41,000 H2R is the daddy of Kawasaki’s su­per­charged range with a claimed 310bhp and slick tyres.

The dealer’s view

“The H2 has been a phe­nom­e­nal bike as it is so spe­cial. Just hav­ing one in your shop is a draw and peo­ple come sim­ply to see one in the flesh – it’s like hav­ing a BSB star or celebrity there 24/7! And they also sell. We have sold eight H2s and two H2R mod­els, which is amaz­ing.

“We ran two demo H2s on our an­niver­sary open day and the look on peo­ples’ faces when they re­turned - they were beam­ing.

“The fact it has won MCN’S seal of ap­proval has cer­tainly helped the H2’s sales, MCN is a mas­sive part of the mo­tor­cy­cle world and its opin­ion is trusted. I’m ac­tu­ally a bit jeal­ous of the H2, I’ve never won an MCN award de­spite be­ing sec­ond in Man of the Year. Maybe I’ll get one for my deal­er­ship – or even my side­car rac­ing!” Chris Walker, Chris Walker Kawasaki

Owner’s view

“It stands in a class of its own. Try­ing to com­pare the H2 with a sports­bike or sports tourer makes no sense. The qual­ity of the com­po­nents is ex­cel­lent and it is very, very, fast but I’m on my third rear tyre in 2500 miles and it does about 30mpg when you use the power. Ac­cept it for what it is – a unique piece of en­gi­neer­ing ex­cel­lence.”

Used values

2015 – From £16,850 to £18,999

The H2 is a very spe­cial bike in­deed

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