GAZ KAWASAKI H2 SX
THIS MONTH I HAVE MOSTLY BEEN… “Spanking it!”
With the mighty H2SX passing the city riding tests with some ease it was time to hit the open road for some proper touring. The day’s appointment wasn’t until after lunch so I decided to set the sat nav to avoid motorways and tolls and added in the ‘adventurous routes’ setting. The south of Ireland has some stunning roads which pass through some totally unspoiled sleepy villages; many of them seem to have about ten houses with double the number of drinking establishments, usually starting with an O. What better place to nail the big Kawasaki?
Once out of Dublin I settled in to back roads riding with the sat nav taking me down some roads even a Land Rover Defender would think twice about but then, at the next turning there would be an absolute belting road waiting; twisting, turning, uphill, downhill, blind crests and just about anything you could ever want. And what’s brilliant about Ireland is there’s no traffic and when there is, they move out of your way. These roads were built for the H2SX, or is it the other way round? Either way the supercharged Kawasaki felt in constant control.
Performing well on the twisties, I wanted to give the H2 a proper test on the long slog. At over 6ft I often sit above the screens of most bikes but with the last couple of hours on the motorway, I could really test the wind protection – and to be fair, it’s actually pretty good. On some bikes at the higher end of motorway speed limits I feel like I’ll get blown off, but the screen on the H2 offers enough resistance for me to be cushty… and that’s a tall order.
Upon my return from Ireland, and as with every bike I test, I always bang the missus on the back of it; not literally. I ride with her on a regular basis so it’s good to have her opinion, but she found it’s a pretty tight fit and she wouldn’t want to be straddled on it for too long, so that’s one thing that I’ve found needs some improvement.
But there isn’t a lot else; the sign of a good bike, in my opinion, is one that’s gets me out of trouble just as quickly as I’ve got myself into it, not just from riding too fast, but those moments when you’re riding roads you’ve never seen before – the corner tightens up, or unexpected bumps and undulations appear from nowhere. The H2SX just deals with it. It doesn’t moan, grumble or protest, it just takes it all in its stride. If the missus fitted on it, I’d be very tempted to trade in my GSA for one and for anyone that knows me, that’s a big statement.
With so many different needs and wants of riders no bike can be perfect, but the H2SX is about as close as you’re ever going to get. It’s one extremely accomplished motorcycle.
The calm before the storm!
We’ve seen much worse.
Tall screen protected tall Gaz.
Power with comfort.