The launching point for the development of the Ninja H2R was a strong desire to offer riders something they had never before experienced. Convinced that a truly extraordinary riding experience would not be found on a motorcycle that merely built on the performance of existing models, the design team committed to developing the “ultimate” motorcycle from a clean slate.
The bike needed to deliver intense acceleration and an ultra-high top speed, coupled with Supersport-level circuit performance. To realise this goal, help was enlisted from other companies in the Kawasaki Heavy Industries (KHI) Group, precipitating an unprecedented level of inter-company collaboration. Developing the Ninja H2R as a closed-course model allowed an unadulterated pursuit of performance free of the limitations that street riding would impose. The result was incredible, with the new model offering a sensory experience surpassing anything that riders can find today.