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."
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.
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"The H2 SX SE hits a new mark for a simple reason: besides its unprecedented level of safety and electronics, it delivers new sensations."
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."
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, 1955. 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...)