​The Supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2R Is Batshit Insane

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The Ninja H2R is something completely different from Kawasaki. It's supercharged, has a trellis frame, carbon fairings, and freaking wings. This is racing prototype-level stuff, and these are the first pics.

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The prevailing wisdom right now – less than a day ahead of the bike's debut – is that two versions of Kawasaki's new machine will be available: a street version (the H2) and a track model. This is the latter. The H2R.

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Think of it as the Kawasaki's version of the Ducati Desmosedici. Slick tires, no signals, no headlight, lots of carbon fiber, and an obscene, track-ready price tag. It's completely nuts and purely pornographic. More details as we get them.

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DISCUSSION

Man, this thing is a huge departure for Kawasaki. Steel trellis frame, actual top-drawer components (same brake calipers as Panigale et al) and what the hell is going on with that front suspension?! Air maybe?