A435 from Seven Springs to Per­rott’s Brook


Bathed in strangely warm Novem­ber sun­shine, this stretch of tar­mac is straight out of an on board TT video. Fun­nelling through tun­nels of shim­mer­ing red and orange-leaved trees the H2 SX is in its el­e­ment.

On any nor­mal ma­chine it’s a lovely con­stant throt­tle flow, but the Kawasaki is no nor­mal ma­chine: it’s a su­per­charged hyper tourer that de­vours tar­mac al­most faster than your brain can process it.

Such are the re­serves of speed con­tained within the bow­els of this green mon­ster it turns sweep­ing curves into tight, scratchy point-and-squirt cor­ners in fourth and fifth gear, ac­cel­er­at­ing with the kind of ma­ni­a­cal force most bikes can only muster in first and sec­ond. A light brush of the bril­liant brakes is all you need to set up for 8.9-miles worth of rapid cor­ners; tip the Kawasaki in and rail through. Bridge­stones and sus­pen­sion get floaty when you push re­ally hard, but bring it back a notch and the H2 SX is sen­sa­tional.

These tar­mac de­stroy­ers are no or­di­nary ma­chines

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