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2021 Z H2

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The 2021 Z H2 offers refined, naked styling and Balanced Supercharged Engine performance that can be enjoyed across the entire rev range. Power and performance combined with superb fuel efficiency.

Powered by a Supercharged Engine

The Z H2’s most defining feature is its supercharged engine. While the idea of a supercharged engine may call to mind an extremely high powered motorcycle that only a handful of riders are able to ride in very limited conditions, Kawasaki’s modern development philosophy called for a machine that enables a wider range of riders to understand the pleasure of riding a motorcycle. Kawasaki’s supercharged engines were designed with this idea firmly in mind. The Z H2’s supercharged engine achieves the seemingly contradictory goals of ample power and easy-to-manage power delivery.

High Power and Manageable Delivery

An engine that delivers the power you expect when you ask for it, a chassis that delivers superb manoeuvrability while harnessing the engine’s massive power, comfort that enables you to ride for long distances without undue stress or fatigue, and a host of advanced equipment designed for maximum functionality are all elements found in the Z H2. The latest evolution in a brand with a long and rich history, and offering unique values that generations of Z riders have enjoyed, it proudly takes its place at the head of Z Series. Delivering both incredible power and ease of use in a Supernaked package is groundbreaking, injecting life into the naked motorcycle market. The Z H2 is truly unique, strengthening the idea that “supercharged engine = Kawasaki,” and offering a glimpse of future models to come.

  • Electronic Cruise Control
  • Bosch IMU Electronic Controls 3-way KTRC, KCMF, KLCM, KIBS and KEBC
  • Bluetooth connection for the high quality TFT full colour instrumentation
  • Rideology the App for smartphones
  • Brembo M4.32 Monobloc front calipers
  • Riding Modes
  • Highly Durable Paint
  • Relaxed, sporty riding position
  • LED headlight, taillight, turn signals, number plate light
  • KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter,) dual direction

 

 

Specially Designed Lightweight Trellis Frame

Able to harness the full power of the supercharged engine, the Z H2’s specially designed frame offers a combination of high-speed stability and light handing that facilitates control when riding in the city or on twisty roads – seemingly contrary characteristics. The compact frame, an ideal basis for the form of a naked model, has a high-level balance of stiffness and flexibility, allowing a wide range of riding situations to be tackled.

Balanced Supercharged Engine for a Supernaked

The Z H2's Balanced Supercharged Engine is the product of Kawasaki Group technology, designed in-house not only by the Motorcycle & Engine Company, but also with collaboration from the Aerospace Systems Company, Energy System & Plant Engineering Company, and Corporate Technology Division. Kawasaki wanted the power of its supercharged engine to be manageable. As a result of this pursuit, the optimised engine-supercharger pairing offers smooth power delivery in all conditions,
its wide power band delivering exhilarating acceleration at all rpm.

 

 

Thorough Weight Reduction and Compactness

Like on the Ninja H2, high supercharger efficiency means that an intercooler is not required. Although automotive engines with superchargers typically have separate lubrication systems, but Kawasaki’s supercharged engines use a single lubrication system to provide cooling oil for the engine components, supercharger and transmission. This allows the elimination of duplicate parts like oil pumps, contributing to weight reduction.

 

Engine Boasting High Precision and High Durability

One of the keys to achieving the Z H2’s impressive power is its ø69 mm impeller. Formed from a forged aluminium block using a 5-axis CNC machining centre to ensure high precision and high durability, its complex shape features 6 blades at the tip, expanding to 12 blades at the base. To withstand high pressures and high temperatures not found in a naturally aspirated engine, cast pistons were selected. Cast pistons offer better strength than forged pistons for the very high temperatures generated by
the supercharged engine.

 

 

RAM Air intake with Maximised intake Efficiency

The frontal area of the Ram Air intake is about 3x the area of the supercharger entrance. The Ram Air duct was designed to take the fresh air to the supercharger in as straight a line as possible, contributing to high performance. Positioning the air cleaner just inside the Ram Air intake helps to achieve the ideal power characteristics for the Z H2, while allowing the supercharger housing to be prominently displayed.

KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function): IMU-Equipped Total Engine & Chassis Management Package)

Using the latest evolution of Kawasaki’s advanced modelling software and feedback from a compact Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) that gives an even clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation, 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. 

 

Electronic Throttle Valves

Electronic Throttle Valves enable the ECU to control the volume of both the fuel and the air delivered to the engine. Ideal fuel-air mixture results in smooth, natural engine response and the ideal engine output. The system also contributes to reduced missions. Further, being able to control intake air also enables more precise control of KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control).

Chamberless Exhaust System​

With upcoming EURO 5 emission regulations in mind, a newly designed exhaust system features a layout without an exhaust pre-chamber. This makes room for a large catalyser and a long collector section where exhaust gases from each cylinder can mix well. The long collector greatly contributes to low-mid range torque – a key feature of this model, while the silencer was kept as small as possible despite the lack of pre-chamber, greatly contributing to weight reduction of the exhaust system.

 

Electronic Cruise Control

Kawasaki’s latest cruise control system allows a desired speed to be maintained with the simple press of a button. Once activated, the rider does not have to constantly control the throttle. This reduces stress on the right hand when traveling long distances, enabling relaxed cruising and contributing to a high level of riding comfort. Operation of the Electronic Cruise Control is conveniently from the left handle. The system can be engaged with the touch of a button.

High-Class Instrumentation

Fitted with a full-colour TFT LCD screen. Loaded with functions that can help you manage daily vehicle operating status and schedule for long distance riding. Display functions include a digital speedometer, gear position indicator, shift indicator, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, remaining range, current/average fuel consumption, outside temperature, coolant temperature, clock, Economical Riding Indicator, IMU indicator, KIBS indicator, boost pressure and boost temperature.

Smartphone Connectivity

This model is equipped with a smartphone connectivity function, which enables connection via Bluetooth using "RIDEOLOGY THE APP". Since the system can be accessed via Bluetooth technology, which means that convenience is dramatically improved. In addition to checking machine information and recording and downloading logs, settings such as Riding Mode can be prepared remotely and then downloaded to the vehicle. A number of functions are available: - Vehicle information such as fuel gauge, odometer, maintenance schedule, etc can be viewed via the smartphone.

Integrated Riding Modes

Three standard settings, Sport, Road, Rain, or Rider (manual) are all-inclusive modes that link KTRC, Power Mode and KECS allow riders to efficiently set traction control, power delivery and suspension character to suit a given riding situation. In the manual Rider mode, each of the systems can be set independently. - Sport: enables riders to enjoy sporty riding on winding roads. - Road: offers comfortable riding over a wide range of situations, from city riding to highway cruising and rural roads. - Rain: offers rider reassurance when riding on a wet road surface. The riding mode can be changed while riding, using the button at the left handle.

 

Hydraulic Assist & Slipper Clutch

A high-quality hydraulic clutch offers less maintenance, ensuring the initial touch condition can be maintained. A lighter lever operation thanks to the clutch’s assist function contributes to reduced rider fatigue when street riding. Assist & Slipper Clutch uses two types of cams: an assist cam and a slipper cam, offering two functions not available on a standard clutch. When the engine is driving the rear wheel the assist cam functions as a self-servo mechanism, pulling the clutch hub and operating plate together to compress the clutch plates. This allows the total clutch spring load to be reduced, resulting in a lighter clutch lever pull when operating the clutch.

Brake System

To be easy to ride at low and medium speeds, as well as high speeds, the Z H2 needed brake system that matches its performance. KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System) and front brakes gripped by Brembo M4.32 monobloc calipers. Machined from cast aluminium blocks, their highly rigid one-piece structures boast strong braking force. The calipers are radially mounted, further contributing to their high performance. The Nissin master cylinder, fine-tuned with Kawasaki original settings, offers functionality perfectly matched to the Z H2’s character, enabling riders to not only control deceleration from various speed ranges, but also to use the brakes to initiate weight transfer to change the bike’s posture on corner entry.

 

Dog-Ring Transmission

Like the Ninja H2, the Z H2 features a dog-ring type transmission. Developed based on feedback from the Kawasaki Racing Team, the dog-ring transmission has a special structure where the gears all stay in place. Only the dog rings move, sliding into position to engage the desired gear. Since the dog rings are much lighter in weight than the gears, the shifting effort is lighter and the shift touch is also good, enabling a shorter shift time, for quicker acceleration.

KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)

Dual-direction quick shifter allows both clutchless upshifts and downshifts. Complementing the powerful engine and dog-ring transmission, the quick shifter is a convenient feature that was designed for effective sport and street riding. Optimised settings enable operation at rpm above 2,500 rpm.

 

Rear Suspension

Uni Trak rear suspension and swingarm feature a SHOWA shock absorber unit. It offers excellent suspension action at all speeds, as well as firm bottoming resistance even under heavy loads.

Front Forks

For this model, SHOWA’s SFF-BP front fork is used. The fork’s large-diameter piston provides firm bottoming resistance and sporty damping characteristics. Adjustable pre-load and damping allow riders to easily set up the bike according to their size and the riding conditions.

Swingarm

Absolute manoeuvring stability is essential to achieve stability at all speeds as well as light, nimble handling. This requires a swingarm with sufficient rigidity, so technology from the Ninja ZX-10RR, which can be seen at race tracks around the world, was sourced. The double-sided swingarm, like those used on our supersport models, offers both high rigidity and light weight.

KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent anti-lock Brake System)

KIBS is a multi-sensing system, using the input from numerous sources. In addition to front and rear wheel speed sensors (standard for any ABS system), KIBS also monitors front caliper hydraulic pressure and various information from the engine ECU (throttle position, engine speed, clutch actuation and gear position).

Fat-Type Handlebar and Handle Switches

Mounted on the strong, supple fat-type handlebar, left and right handle switches let riders make setting and display changes without releasing the grips. The left handle switch is used to operate the Electronic Cruise Control, make meter display changes, and update settings, while the right handle switch is used to access to the machine setting menus.

2021 Z H2

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Model

Z H2 (ZR1000KMFNN)

Engine TypeLiquid-cooled, 4-stroke In-Line Four
Displacement998 cm³
Bore x Stroke76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression Ratio11.2:1
Valve SystemDOHC 16 valve
Fuel SystemFuel Injection
IgnitionDigital
StartingElectric
Intake SystemKawasaki Supercharger
Transmission6-speed, Return, Dog-ring
Suspension - frontTelescopic
Suspension - rearSwingarm (New Uni Trak Rear Suspension)
Wheel travel - f/r120 mm / 134 mm
Ground Clearance140 mm
Brakes - frontDual 320mm Discs
Brakes - rearSingle 260 mm Disc
Wheel Size Front/Rear17M/C x MT3.50 / 17M/C x MT6.00
Tyre Size Front/Rear120/70ZR17 M/C 58W / 190/55ZR17 M/C 75W
L x W x H2,085 x 810 x 1,130mm
Wheelbase1,455 mm
Seat height830 mm
Fuel capacity19 litres
Curb Mass239 kg
Max Power147.1 kW (200PS) @ 11,000 min
Max Torque137.0 N.m (14.0 kgfm) / 8,500 min
ColourGolden Blazed Green / Metallic Diablo Black
Warranty24 Months Unlimited Kilometres
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