2020 Ninja H2 Carbon


Built Beyond Belief

An extension of the “Built Beyond Belief” concept of the original Ninja H2, the new Ninja H2 Carbon benefits from engine updates that increase maximum power to 231 PS† – making these supercharged supersport machines Kawasaki’s most powerful street models ever.
† This engine is rated in PS power units. Gross power is different from net power. Net power is generally less than gross, but varies with engine specifications. Gross power is a general measure to compare one engine to another, as to its overall capacity. Your specific engine net power rating will be different and most likely less than the rated power. As of August 2018 (per Kawasaki market research)

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Powerful Engine

Increased Power:  231PS!

With its significant power, the Ninja H2’s supercharged acceleration is exhilarating. Maximum output is now 170.0 kW (231 PS)†, making the Ninja H2 Carbon the most powerful street model in the Kawasaki lineup, and the most powerful mass-production model on the market††.

† This engine is rated in PS power units. Gross power is different from net power. Net power is generally less than gross, but varies with engine specifications. Gross power is a general measure to compare one engine to another, as to its overall capacity. Your specific engine net power rating will be different and most likely less than the rated power. † † As of August 2018 (per Kawasaki market research)

Feedback from the Balanced Supercharged engine of the Ninja H2 SX delivers increased engine efficiency. This results in fuel efficiency on par with its predecessor, despite an approximately 15% increase in power. Key components from the Ninja H2 SX include: air filter, intake chamber, and spark plugs.

In-house-designed Supercharger

The supercharger used in the Ninja H2 was designed by Kawasaki motorcycle engine designers with assistance from other companies within the KHI Group, namely the Gas Turbine & Machinery Company, Aerospace Company, and Corporate Technology Division. Designing the supercharger in-house allowed it to be developed to perfectly match the engine characteristics of the Ninja H2 Carbon. The highly efficient, motorcycle-specific supercharger was the key to achieving the maximum power and the intense acceleration that engineers wanted to offer.



The engine was painstakingly crafted to accommodate  the extreme air pressure created by a supercharger,  Cast (rather than forged) through a unique process, the pistons of the Ninja H2 Carbon are lightweight - yet strong - and able to withstand extremely high temperatures. The precision-honed combustion chamber is complemented by a flat piston crown inspired by technology from KHI's Gas Turbine & Machinery Company that helps prevent detonation.

Carbon-fibre Upper Cowl

Constructed in highly rigid, lightweight CFRP (carbon-fibre reinforced polymer), the upper cowl instantly distinguishes the Ninja H2 Carbon from the standard Ninja H2. Creating an image similar to that of the Ninja H2R, the carbon-fibre piece contributes to enhanced presence

TFT Instrumentation

A Bluetooth chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly.  Using the smartphone application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP,” a number of instrument functions can be accessed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience.  A number of functions are available: - Vehicle Info: information such as fuel gauge, odometer, maintenance schedule, etc can be viewed via the smartphone. - Riding Log: route and rpm can be can be viewed via the smartphone. - Telephone notices: when a call, text or mail is received by the smartphone, this is indicated on the instrument display. - General Settings: general instrument display settings (such as preferred units, date, date format, etc) can be adjusted via the smartphone.


The Ninja H2 Carbon compact IMU operates in 6 DOF (degrees of freedom): 5 measured 1 calculated. Combined with Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modelling program, input from the IMU enables even more precise chassis orientation awareness, the key to bringing Kawasaki’s electronics to the next level. The use of Bosch’s compact IMU allows an additional layer of precision to be added to the already high-level S-KTRC, KLCM and KIBS. A cornering managment function uses KIBS and S-KTRIC to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner (ABS models only).

Front Suspension

KYB AOS-II high quality racing suspension is fitted to the Ninja H2 Carbon. Based on the Air-Oil Separate cartridge fork developed for motocross racing, this design was the industry’s first use of this high-performance racing suspension on an on-road motorcycle. DLC coated inner tubes are designed for low friction, the ø43 mm front fork offers superb action: smooth initial action is followed by strong damping at the end of the stroke.

Öhlins TTX36 Rear Suspension

The addition of Öhlins’ highly acclaimed TTX shock offers numerous rider benefits:
- Increased rear stability,enhanced cornering performance.
- Excellent damping, increased riding comfort and sportier handling
- Increased rider confidence on circuit.
- Superb feedback from the road.
- More stability at speed, and lane changes executed more easily.
- Around town, the supple suspension absorbs bumps with ease, adding to ride comfort.

The Transmission

To facilitate smooth, quick shifting, a dog-ring type transmission was selected. This is the kind of transmission commonly found in MotoGP or Formula 1, and was developed with feedback from the Kawasaki Racing Team.

Unlike a standard motorcycle transmission in which shift forks slide the gears into position, with a dog-ring transmission the gears all stay in place. Only the dog rings move, sliding into position to engage the desired gear.

Because the dog rings are much lighter than transmission gears, this type of transmission offers a much lighter shift effort. Shift touch is also improved, and a much shorter shift time is possible—which facilitates quick acceleration.

Oil Jets

In the interest of keeping the engine compact and simple, a single lubrication system provides cooling oil for the engine components, supercharger and transmission.

Oil jets lubricate the supercharger chain at the contact points (two places) where the chain meets the upper and lower gears.

In addition to the two oil jets, the supercharger drive train’s lower gear has an oil passage.

Inside the engine, there are two oil jets per cylinder to ensure the hot pistons are effectively cooled.

Transmission oil jets (first use in a Kawasaki motorcycle) enable a compact transmission with high durability.


A pair of massive ø330 mm Brembo semi-floating discs with a thickness of t5.5 mm deliver superb braking force. Combined with Brembo’s Stylema monobloc calipers which are the company’s latest high-spec street-use calipers. A large 250 mm diameter disc generates strong braking force at the rear.

Highly Durable Paint

Kawasaki’s new Highly Durable paint features a special coat that allows scratches to repair themselves, enabling the paint to maintain its high-quality finish†.  * Soft and hard segments in the coat work together like a chemical spring, creating a trampoline effect that absorbs impacts.   † Notes: 1. In some cases, it takes about one week for recovery. 2. The paint will not recover in the case of scratches caused by a coin or key, or zip fasteners


KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function)

KCMF monitors engine and chassis parameters throughout the corner—from entry, through the apex, to corner exit—modulating brake force and engine power to facilitate smooth transition from acceleration to braking and back again, and to assist riders in tracing their intended line through the corner. On the Ninja H2, KCMF oversees the following systems:
- KTRC (including traction, wheelie and sliding control)
- KIBS (including pitching and corner braking control)
- Kawasaki Engine Brake Control

All-LED Lighting

A change to a LED-type license plate lamp means that all lighting equipment (headlamp, position lamps, taillight, turn signals and license plate lamp) on the Ninja H2 Carbon is now LED.


Assist & Slipper Clutch: Lighter Lever Operation

A high-quality hydraulic clutch offers less maintenance, ensuring the initial touch condition can be maintained. And with Brembo components, superb linearity and smooth actuation are also benefits. Assist and slipper clutch offers light clutch pull and minimizes wheel chatter caused by aggressive downshifting

KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)

With the Ninja H2 Carbon engine’s strong power and the superb dog-ring transmission, a contactless-type quick shifter enables quick up-shifts and down-shifts for seamless acceleration.

Green Trellis frame

The green trellis frame is retained for Ninja H2 Carbon


Aerodynamically-designed Bodywork

It is no accident that when viewed from the side, the Ninja H2 Carbon does not seem to have the aggressive forward-canted stance of most modern supersport models.

Man-Machine Interface

Although the Ninja H2 Carbon’s high performance cannot be denied, since it was not intended to be a race bike designed to turn quick lap times as efficiently as possible, it did not need the spartan accommodation found on most purpose-built supersport models. The man-machine interface enables riders to enjoy the bike’s performance with a modicum of comfort. While the riding position, ergonomics and cockpit layout were all designed first and foremost to put the rider in the best position to control this amazing machine, the impression from the rider’s perspective is one not of austerity, but rather plush quality, high-tech control, and an impeccable fit and finish.

The Kawasaki River Mark

Special permission was obtained to use the River Mark on the Ninja H2 Carbon. Usually, its use on a product is reserved for models of historical significance.



High Precision Production

Unlike a standard mass-production model, the high-precision production of the Ninja H2 Carbon requires greater hands-on participation by skilled Kawasaki craftsmen. Each step, from metalworking, treatment, welding, painting to assembly, fine-tuning and inspection is carefully attended to in order to create a product of superior quality. Within Kawasaki’s Akashi Factory, production takes place in an area dedicated exclusively to the Ninja H2 Carbon.

Ninja H2 Carbon Bottom Line

  • The Ninja H2 Carbon is a road registerable mass production model available in limited numbers for the Australian Market.
  • The Ninja H2 Carbon is Sold and Serviced by a limited number of specially appointed and trained Kawasaki Ninja H2 Carbon, Ninja H2 SX SE and Ninja H2R Dealers.
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Ninja H2 Carbon (ZX1002J)

Engine TypeLiquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement998 cm³
Bore x Stroke76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression Ratio8.5:1
Valve SystemDOHC 16 valve
Fuel SystemFuel injection: ø50 mm x 4 with dual injection
Intake SystemKawasaki Supercharger
Transmission6-speed, return, dog-ring
ClutchWet Multi-disc (A&S clutch) hydraulic operation
FrameTrellis, high-tensile steel, with Swingarm Mounting Plate
Wheel travel - front120 mm
Wheel travel - rear135 mm
Tyre Size-front120/70ZR17 (58W)
Tyre Size-rear200/55ZR17M/C (78W)
Suspension - front43 mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out springs
Suspension - rearNew Uni-Trak, Öhlins TTX36 gas-charged shock, piggyback reservoir, compression/rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, top-out spring
Brakes - frontDual semi-floating 330 mm Brembo discs Dual radial-mount, Brembo Stylema monobloc, opposed 4-piston calipers, ABS
Brakes - rearSingle ø250 mm Brembo disc, opposed 2-piston caliper, ABS
L x W x H2,085 x 770 x 1,125 mm
Wheelbase1,445 mm
Ground Clearance130 mm
Seat height825 mm
Fuel capacity17 litres
Curb Mass238 kg
Max Power170 kW {231 PS} / 11,500 rpm
Max Power with Ram Air178.5 kW {243 PS} / 11,500 rpm
Max Torque141.7 N.m {14.4 kgf.m} / 11,000 rpm
ColourMirror Coated Matte Spark Black with Candy Flat Blazed Green
Warranty24 Months Unlimited Kilometres
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