Neil walked onto the showroom floor at Canberra Motorcycle Centre with his mind set on his next purchase. A glance at the Kawasaki Ninja H2 in all of its lustrous, silver mirrored glory, quickly allured Neil and following an exhilarating test ride, he was a proud owner of the world’s first ever supercharged production motorcycle.
“I walked into Canberra Motorcycle Centre with a good idea of the bike I wanted, but then I saw the Ninja H2 for the first time in real life. My mind was made up just by looking at it! I had to have it, I was blown away even before I took it for a test ride. The supercharger and the power sold it for me.” Neil said.
A month after picking up his Kawasaki Ninja H2, Neil couldn’t shake off the thought of the 300 plus horsepower track-going version, the Kawasaki ninja H2R.
“I had a month with the H2 and I was having so much fun that I couldn’t stop thinking about what the H2R would be like to ride. I had to buy one,” said Neil who spent years road bike racing at club level around Australia.
After taking both of his supercharged rockets to the Tracktember event hosted by Canberra Motorcycle Centre at Wakefield Park Raceway, Neil reflected on his experience saying, “I just love the power of the Kawasaki H2, the acceleration is unreal. It just puts a smirk on your face. I had a great track bike that was nothing like this thing. I was on the H2 for the first two sessions, then I had a go on the H2R. I gave it a little bit, but didn’t actually give it full throttle anywhere and it went unreal. It’s ridiculous. I’ve never ridden anything like it before. It just has that much power, it was in its element at the higher speeds. It handled perfectly and felt really good. It’s just wow, I don’t know how to explain it. Both models feel totally different when riding them back to back in terms of suspension and power.” Said Neil who might be the only person in Australia to have ridden both the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and H2R, apart from Kawasaki Motors Australia employee and former Kawasaki factory racer, Murray Sayle.
Dealer Principal of Canberra Motorcycle Centre, Mike Houston, hopes to recreate the excitement of the Tracktember track ride day by making it an annual event.
“It was such a great day! We had 80 customers participate and they all got heaps of track time. Plenty of fun and heaps of smiles all-round. Everyone had a ball. The day and its origins came about when our Parts and Accessories manager Geoff Wood, wanted to create an event that would give our customers the race track experience on their own road bikes. Geoff requited the help of Link International who organized a Pirelli tyres service and Monza Imports who had a handful of great products on hand including Repsol oils, Bell Helmets and Five Gloves. Tracktember was an outstanding success and something we hope to be making into an annual event!” Mike commented.
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Photo Credit: Bill MacFarlane.