Kawasaki Ninja H2SX SE


Wednesday 3 January. Waiting for it
Happy New Year!
(Not) Patiently waiting for news about the H2SX...

Thursday 11 January. Navigation
On the Z1000SX I had a TomTom 450 for navigation. After a while I more or less got used to it (as longtime Garmin user), but I never really liked it. Usage was a bit cumbersome and it made errors e.g. on roudabouts, and, quite important for me, it hadn't an mp3 player. The latter was a big unpleasant surprise. Never thought of checking this. I thought every navigation system had this.
What I did like was the bar on the right with an overview of poi's on the route like gasstations and the fast updating of maps. Still I decided to sell it together with the Z1000SX.
Now I'm back to Garmin with a Zumo 595. It was like coming home ;). It's faster than the Zumo 660 I had, especially the map updates. They're now as fast as on the TomTom. The spoken instructions are more detailed too, like 'turn left after 100mtr at the traffic lights', in stead of 'turn left after 100mtr'. Happy I have a Garmin again.

Wednesday 31 January. Introduction!
Finally the long awaited press introduction of the H2SX in Portugal. Gonna be flooded with news from now on. Yeah!

..:: Quote ::..
"That’s the future of supercharging. Not just extreme power, and not ever-increasing engine capacities, but better performance and economy from the capacities we’ve got. That’s why the Ninja H2 SX is exciting."

Tuesday 13 February. Tests
Lots of tests have been published by now on the Net and Youtube. Still waiting -of course- for the old fashioned writing press. All in all the journo's were pretty positive. If not very enthousiastic ("...probably the most exciting new bike of the year"). They liked the comfort and power. Something I was looking for. Some disliked the weight and handling on curvy roads. But this is of course no sportsbike, so I guess it'll be okay.

It looks like the bikes will be handed over to their new owners on the first of March, worldwide. Let the good times roll!! :)

Tuesday 27 February. Delivery
Some news from my dealer. Delivery might be in week 2 or 3 of March... I've heard delivery already started in Spain and Canada...
On a good note, my dealer insisted on Kawasaki he wanted to receive the first H2SXSE in The Netherlands, i.e. mine :)

Friday 16 March. Arrived?!
The (North) Western European bikes seem to get unloaded now from a ship that brought them here in The Netherlands. Port of Rotterdam I guess. That means mine is in the country. Delivery should follow soon!!

Thursday 22 March, 0km. Arrived!!!
Finally the bikes arrived at the dealer. When they called I dropped what I was doing and 'raced' on the GPZ to my dealer. There they were:

Mine on the left...

I made a very short ride on the brandnew bike and it all felt very good: brakes, clutch, gearbox, suspension. The TFT dash is great. Quickshifting up and down was very smooth. I didn't do more than 6,000rpm and the bike didn't feel very fast, but a look on the speedo learned otherwise...
Next week it's going to Shine2go for a Gyeon coating and possibly Xpel tank scratch protectors. Than the navigation holder has to be fitted. Some parts of the ordered cases/panniers weren't yet available, as wasn't the smoke windscreen. I ordered the new Akrapovic exhaust too, so I have to go back anyway. Weather permitting (winter doesn't really want to budge) I can pick it up next week.

..:: Quote ::..
"The H2 SX SE hits a new mark for a simple reason: besides its unprecedented level of safety and electronics, it delivers new sensations."

Saturday 31 March, 200km. Breaking it in.
Ronald of Shine2go did a wonderful job. The bike and especially the paint is immaculate. Gonna be a hell of a job to keep it like this. But for now it looks great.

We had great weather today and I made the first few kilometers with the new bike. No more that 4,000rpm are advised, but I did a little bit more now and then. Like I wrote before, the bike feels and handles good. Powerdelivery is very smooth. No more H2 surprises :). The fairing and screen do a good job to keep the wind away from you. This bike is a real mile muncher. Put the cruise control on 200kmh and you're in the south of France in no time. And pretty comfortable as well. While taking it rather easy the bike used 1 liter of fuel on every 17 kilometers. Pretty fuel efficient. The dash indicated a probable range of 350km. Doubt that this will be feasable. We'll see.
Speaking about the dash. The amount of information is insane. But nice to have. While they were at it they could have installed an altimeter as well ;).
After an hour or so I started to feel my butt. Maybe the seat has got to get used to my butt. Otherwise I'm going to look for alternatives.
1400km to go and then a trip to Germany to try the topspeed...

Friday 6 April, 250km. Pictures.
Today I received some pics made after detailing the bike. I hope I can keep the bike as beautiful as this. Won't be easy...

Saturday 7 April, 675km. Tour.
First genuine day of Spring with temps eventually climbing to 20 Celcius. So a good day to do some more breaking in. This time I wore leather pants and I could last longer on the seat without much discomfort. Could be better though. I rode more than 400km and could get a really good impression of the H2SX. In short: it is near perfect. For me. A bit less comfortable than the Z1000SX, but a lot more than the H2. It's almost like riding an electric bike, so smooth is the powerdelivery an so vibration free runs the engine. Dunno if this is a compliment though. It could have been a bit more exciting I guess. Not as much as the H2, but something in between? Maybe an ECU flash is necessary to make the bike behave more to my liking? Of course because I'm still taking it rather easy I haven't tested its full potential, so if all hell brakes loose above 6000rpm I may let it be like this :)

..:: Quote ::..
"The 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX is a sophisticated, premium sport motorcycle that exudes quality."

Sunday 16 April, 1021km. 1000km
So, the first 1000km have been done. It was raining a bit and the bike got very dirty. Time to clean it for the first time.
And time for the first service job.

Thursday 19 April, 1215km. First service
First servicing. Oil and filter change. They installed a darker, lower screen too. I guess like the non-SE? I think it looks great. And this screen causes less windturbulence. Pics to follow... :)
Still waiting for the cases/panniers/bags.

Friday 4 May, 1317km. Work
Took the bike to work today, and took the long way home in perfect weather. Love this bike more and more.

Monday 14 May, 1650km. Broken in!
Passed at last the 1600km mark while returning from my dealer. There they fitted the Akrapovic exhaust and cases (still without the correct panels).
Regretfully the Akra made as much noise as the stock exhaust, i.e. none... Damn euro4 rules. Must have the cat removed for some more exhaust note I guess.
On the way back I opened the throttle (because broken in) and reached a speed of 290kmh on the speedo with some more rpm left. If this speedo exaggerates as much as the one on the H2 it must have been something like 270 real kilometers per hour... Still pretty quick for a touring bike.

Sunday 20 May, 1955km. Vmax
Today was a good day to test the topspeed of the SX. So on I went to a nice stretch of Autobahn I know with not much traffic.
290kmh (on gps) was reached rather easily, the last couple of kilometers took a little more highway. Of course fuel consumption went through the roof at those speeds. At one time the dash indicated 1 liter for every 3 kilometers... You won't get far at those speeds ;).
After some high speed runs I eventually reached 294kmh on the gps. I don't think there was more in it, I suspect I hit the rev limiter at that speed although you couldn't feel it. When the rev limit would be a little bit higher I guess 300kmh must be possible?

(You might skip the first 10 minutes of the vid to go to the highest speed reached...)

Tuesday 26 June, 2261km. Cases/bags/panniers panels
Finally had the correct coloured case panels fitted. And had the silly side reflectors on the front suspension removed.
The bike is now more or less as I want it to be. Nice to have is a derestriction and removal of the cat. Maybe next year...

Friday 29 June, 2630km. MotoGp Assen
Together with Busa Pim I visited the training of the MotoGp at the Assen circuit. Those guys lap the circuit with times around 1:34. I take half a minute longer... ;)

Sunday 9 September, 3840km. Big-ish trip
It's been a while since the last blog entry, but due to the heat we were having (amongst other things) I didn't ride that much anymore.
Until this weekend. A couple of friends and I went for some riding to Luxembourg. Riding is still great overthere, although things seem to be changing. More on that later.
My friends drove up to Bourscheid on Friday, they left in the morning. I followed them in the evening. By the time I was crossing Belgium it got dark. And cold. Around 5°C. The road was as good as free of traffic so I put the cruise control at 200kmh and the heated grips at 3. The range dropped quick at those speeds and when I saw a sign "Next gas station after 90km", and my range was just 80km I dropped some speed (70kmh...) so I could make it to the gas station.
In Luxembourg I drove on small roads with no with no streetlights in absolute darkness. The lead headlight worked great. I always thought the cornering lights were a silly gimmick, but now they were actually usefull, giving some extra light when cornering.

After 3.5 hours I reached the hotel we were staying at: the very nice Hotel St. Fiacre.
The following morning we went to 'tour' the countryside. The SX was a handfull but did a decent job on the curvy backroads. I have my reservations about the suspension though. It wasn't as tight as I want it to be. I'm gonna have it looked at some day. I dind't like the sound (what sound?) of the exhaust either. Something else to change one day.
Luxembourg always has been good fore some carefree fast riding: not a cop or speedcamera in sight. Recently this has changed. I guess the other bikers spoiled things for us law abiding riders ;). We passed a couple of speedcamera's (and are awaiting some tickets) and once one of us got pulled over after being lasered. Luckily they couldn't get a good measurement (they guestimated 200kmh, which was quite possible) and he got away with a fine for too much noise and not carrying his bike papers.

A bit more carefull we continued our way.

On Sunday it was time to head home. Aldo with his Triumph 1050 Sport already left and Randy with his S1000RR replaced him for this day. So our company of four now included 2 BMW S1000RR's, one Hayabusa and the H2SX. Guarantee for some fast highway fun.
Marco and his S1000RR and I did some acceleration tests. We started first in 6th and opened the throttle, like in 5th the H2SX pulled away from the Beemer. In 4th Marco was faster away because now the BMW was in a more powerfull rpm range. There wasn't much between the Beemers and the H2SX on a topspeed test. I guess eventually they must have gotten me, but due to the traffic we couldn't make a free run. I did get it up to 299kmh indicated, with the cases/panniers, and the 'touring' bike stayed very stable. Pim with the Busa got left behind pretty soon. Once the fastest bike around...

All in all a very fine trip, worth a repeat.

..:: Quote ::..
"Think of this SX as an almost-as-fast-and-crazy version of the outrageous Ninja H2, with better throttle response, the ability to carry a (brave) pillion and luggage, plus a more accessible price, and this addition to Kawasaki’s H2 family makes plenty of sense. Or at least, comes as close to making sense as a 200bhp, supercharged superbike is likely to do... "

Friday 28 September, 4160km. Recall
The SX has been recalled to fix the center stand retaining pin. Today I had it fixed. Had a very nice ride back home. When I get the suspension sorted and have the exhaust make a bit more noise this could become the most perfect -all-round- bike I've ever owned...

Saturday 6 October, 4580km. Superchargers
Together with René (new owner of my 2016 H2) and Busaman Pim I had a nice ride today. Pity René had to leave early so I couldn't give the H2 a try. René does mainly trackdays with it and hasn't add much kilometers to mine. He still likes it and he's going to join me on the Zeelenberg race course in November.

Friday 19 October, 4850km. Tires.
Got some new tires: Pirelli Angel GT (type A) front and rear. Hopefully these will last a bit (lot) longer. On the way home they felt neutral, so that's okay. Doubt I will be able to test the grip levels since temps are dropping.

Saturday 20 October, 5020km. Suspension.
Had the suspension adjusted. On the rear there was too little rebound, up front the springtension was too tight. After adjusting the bike stears much better. Of course the new tires contribute as well. Now the bike is almost perfect :).

Sunday 21 October, 5030km. End of season?
Cleaned the bike and drove it dry ;). Could have been the last ride of 2018 with the SX. At last there seems to be an end coming to the nice weather we've had for months...
Although I've driven in temps around 16 celcius the day before Christmas...

..:: Quote ::..
"In sum, after 180 miles aboard the 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE, we are beyond impressed. “Stunned” might be the term we are looking for."

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