"On the road, the H2 SX SE is just amazing. Seldom one sees this kind of power being delivered in such a manner. The deliverance of that much power in such a controlled manner MUST surprise one. It is that smooth and linear."
At last after 5 months of waiting prospects seem good enough to prep the bike for a new season. Put the battery in and added some air to the tires. That's about it. The bike started, of course, immediate. Didn't take it out for a spin though. Waiting for some more sun :)
Saturday 20 April, 5,130km. Season start, for real...
Due to illness the start of the motorcycling season had to be postponed. Today I did the first 100km of this year. The weather was very good, so the roads were very busy. Not much fun...
Saturday 18 May, 5,250km. Flashed
Seems to be a slow starting season this year due to some minor surgery (gal bladder removal) and recovery period.
Yesterday the ECU of the SX has been flashed, fuel cut disabled and max rpm increased with 500rpm. The bike gained 13hp (182 -> 195), more should be possible when the catalytic converter would be removed. The increase in max rpm should make it possible to do, in theory, 310kmh. I'm gonna test that asap... :)
As a loaner I got a Honda NC750X. Ugly bike, but I guess a perfect commuter with very low fuel usage and a comfortable seating position.
Sunday 19 May, 5,550km. Mission accomplished
Nice weather today so I took the SX to Germany. On my topspeed-test-road (A77/57) I opened the throttle and tuck behind the screen. Quite effortless the SX sprinted to the 303kmh. With some more free road maybe a little bit more was in it, but for now I'm satisfied :)
Saturday 1 June, 5,855km. Stutter
Another little trip. On the highway while running with low rpm the bike started to stutter. When closing and opening the throttle again everything was fine again. For a while... Could this be a result of the flashing? I tried another power mode, but to no avail. Very annoying, have to go back to the shop.
Sunday 16 June, 5,940km. Classic Superbikes
Visted a classic superbike meeting today. The stutter is still there. I'm bringing the bike to the shop July 2 to have it -hopefully- fixed.
At the meeting I saw one of my first bikes: a black Honda CB900F Bol d'Or. Still a good looking bike.
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"Yet once its boost gauge gets moving, the SX catapults forward hard enough to drain my blood to my boots and make its front wheel feel almost permanently light"
Brought the bike to the dealer to have a look at the stutter. On the way to them the bike once stuttered. The mechanic put it on the dyno trying to reproduce the problem in a controlled environment, but the bike ran fine than. So he took it for a ride and, of course, no stutter. Another mechanic did the same and the bike refused to stutter again.
So I took it home this evening and again no stutter. Should I be glad that the bike seemed to have fixed itself, or will the problem come back at an inconvenient moment? Time will tell. You'll read it here first ;)
Saturday 10 August, 9,190km. Vacation
Finally the chance to put the SX through its paces: a week vacation in the Dolomites in Italy.
I drove off on Friday August 2 for a 1070km ride. Plan was to ride until I would almost fall off the bike and then find a hotel. I managed to to 700km until around 5pm the weather turned sour and shelter in a hotel would be nice. With booking.com I found the nice Hotel Holl in Schongau, Germany. The next morning I did the remainder of the trip and joined Marco (S1000RR) and Ed (R1M) at the great Residence Sovara in Santa Christina, Italy.
The following day (Sunday) we were joined by Walter and Robert, both riding a Moto Morini Corsaro 1200 (perfect bikes for the Dolomites). The next days we drove up and down Passo's (mountain passes) like the Giau and Pordoi. Altough being a handfull with 260kg the SX (and Pirelli Angel GT's) did great on the curvy roads. I could pretty well keep up with the sportsbikes.
Lessons learned riding the passes: stationary vehicles are possible around each blind corner (cost me 1 year of my life...), not all tunnels are straight (dove with a dark visor into one which started with a sharp left corner which I hardly could see, another year), not everyone turn on their headlights in a tunnel (almost ran head on into a black car without lights in a dark tunnel, year 3...).
Walter and Robert left on Friday, I didn't ride that day to prepare for the way home. Which was on Saturday. I left at 6 am and was home around 4 pm. This time I rode the distance in one go, stopping each 200km to refuel and stretch my legs. On the Autobahn the SX was fun too with a lot of power on tap. Once did a sprint to 275kmh, the bike stayed very stable with the filled cases. Around München I got a lot of rain and the Pirelli's didn't budge, love them.
By the way, the bike never again stuttered, so it's fixed?
Little vid of me trying to keep up with Marco, with Ed as video bike.
Saturday 14 September, 9,674km. Suspension
In Italy I noticed that the rear suspension setting was very soft although I turned the spring preload higher for the luggage. I stiffened the compression damping, but it didn't seem to help. Today I went to the dealer to have a knowledgeable person have a look at it. The mechanic immediateley saw that the spring preload was way too high, making the compression damping helpless against these forces. He turned the spring preload back and hey presto, the rear behaved like it should. Again a lesson learned.
Sunday 15 September, 9,984km. 293kmh
At last the answer to the burning question: how fast will it go with panniers/cases/bags? The answer is: at least 293kmh on gps. Tried it today in Germany. The bike stayed very stable. You won't get very far at those speeds though, I doubt you will get 100km from a full tank :)
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"The combination of supercharged usable power and comfort is genius. There is arguably no faster way to travel around Europe in comfort."
Last Saturday Busa Pim and I left for a short vacation in Luxembourg. The first day travelling to Luxembourg was kinda fine. Had some nice roads. We ended up in Hotel Rittersprung, a lovely hotel with good food. We thought we were already in Luxembourg but we were a couple of meters short, Rittersprung lies in Belgium...
The next day we drove to our destination hotel Hotel St. Fiacre in Luxembourg. The roads in Luxembourg are still great for motorcycling: perfectly maintained, good surface, clean, curvy. Monday we had a lot of fun too. Especially the roads N27 and CR348 were super!
On monday we headed home, first did the N27 and then some curvy roads North. In the south of the Netherlands it started to rain and we did the last part of the trip via the crowded highway. Home again.
Saturday 26 October, 11,672km. Last ride of the day...
...Great song of Nightwish, but actually it's more the last trip of this season. Most likely. Seems to be getting colder.
Next week the SX will get its 12,000km servicing and then I'll put it away for the winter.
Saturday 2 November, 11,858km. Servicing
12,000km servicing: new oil and filter, K&N airfilter, new clutch fluid (old fluid was black), tightened chain.
Quickshifter seems to be working better, less cluncky, possible because the chain-tension has been corrected?
Sunday 11 November, 11,865km. Winterstop
Removed the battery and that's it for 2019. Nice season with trips to Italy and Luxembourg. Love the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE :)
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"Very few bikes will be able to compete with its blend of power and practicality, and none of them will chirp and squeal with supercharged pleasure."