OUR FINAL SAY
After seven days with nine riders covering 1500 miles, RIDE delivers its verdict on the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
WE’VE LEARNT A lot about Kawasaki’s H2 SX SE. And while we’ve identified a few potential areas where it may fall short, mostly its touring ability, there are others where it exceeded expectations. And we’ve also pinpointed who the Ninja will work best for.
A sports tourer is a compromise. For long distance, the SX SE’S riding position is unanimously praised — less sporty than a ZZR1400, though less relaxed than a GTR. Seat comfort could be better and 150-180mile tank range is average, but it can work for touring rides – even two-up, as the ride quality is exceptional. Though again, its seat is firmer, the set-up sportier and less roomy than ideal… and the lack of a topbox option could be a deal-breaker.
For the rider, the H2 SX is all about colossal performance without any of the sound and fury that normally accompanies a 200bhp motor. Though as its engine is detuned from a 300bhp design potential, it’s not really trying – even when you nail it. To make Zzr1400-beating acceleration without appearing to raise a sweat is impressive. As is the suspension: the SX SE simply glides over bumps, combining chassis control and comfort in a way few bikes can match.
There’s just the problem of using it all. With such a potent package, it’s easy to get carried away. Which shows who the H2 SX will suit best: it’s a rider who appreciates performance but has the self-control to know when to use it. One who likes touring, but probably solo more than with a passenger. It’s a bike for the rider who wants polish, power and all-round ability… and is prepared to pay for it. Sounds like a lot of us (apart from maybe the last bit).
Overall, the Kawasaki H2 SX SE is a stunning piece of kit