Kawasaki H2 SX SE

Sum­mer’s glam­our for Kawasaki’s H2 SX SE is draw­ing to a close, so how does life as work­ing trans­port suit the hy­per­sports tourer?

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LAST MONTH I left the H2 SX SE while I went on hol­i­day. When I came back, it wouldn’t crank. I charged the bat­tery for three days but it was de­ceased. I told Kawasaki. A spokesman ef­fec­tively said, “Ah, tracker fit­ted? They all do that sir.” And they do. Leave the H2 SX for a few days, the in­ter­net says and it needs trickle charg­ing. When the new bat­tery ar­rived, I ac­ci­den­tally de­lib­er­ately failed to re-at­tach the tracker.

Rea­son was I had a ride to Heathrow com­ing up, and I wanted the Kawasaki to start when I emerged from Ar­rivals four days later. Of course, those still awake will spot the irony: what would you rather have; a flat bat­tery or a stolen, un­trace­able bike? Thank­fully, the scum said to be ac­tive at Heathrow missed it. Maybe it was the Ox­ford chain and the only cover any­where in the bike park that foiled them.

But be­fore the flight I also had to visit War­wick, then Wales, in the wet, for an­other two jobs, which re­quired a change of bike kit. So, lo­gis­ti­cally, I had to pack two sets of rid­ing gear plus clothes for six days in the H2 SX’S pan­niers and Givi top box, with an Ogio air­port bag bungeed on the back.

For an £18,242 su­per­charged hy­per­bike, the H2 SX makes a hell of a wet-weather lug­gage mule, trans­port­ing silly loads at silly speeds over silly dis­tances. Han­dling is bum-heavy, with the Ogio bag wav­ing around like a pil­lion pen­du­lum, but with cor­rectly in­flated Met­zeler M7 RRS (they’d both lost a few psi; I set them at 38/40) the Kawasaki still cor­ners with fluid grace. Weight mat­ters not a jot to the gar­gan­tuan mo­tor: the H2 sub­li­mates dis­tance over time with­out pass­ing go, what­ever the cargo. Or weather. SI­MON HAR­G­REAVES

Some­where un­der that lot is the H2 SX SE

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