It’s February 1, 2023, and Kawasaki simply launched the newest replace to its flagship Ninja H2 SX SE. Contemplating the numerous upgrades that the already-impressive supercharged beast obtained for the 2022 mannequin 12 months, the truth that the 2023 bike provides an automated excessive beam operate to the huge raft of options in all probability shouldn’t come as an enormous shock. Consider it just like the cherry on prime of an already tasty ice cream sundae.
What’s an automated excessive beam? In accordance with Crew Inexperienced, it makes use of a digicam sensor positioned on the base of the H2 SX SE’s windscreen to evaluate the brightness of surrounding lights to assist it resolve when and the place to activate or deactivate. Riders may take management of it if they need, by a setting within the sprint, or through the use of the PASS button positioned on the left handlebar switchgear.
This single, small replace could appear a contact underwhelming, however to be utterly honest, 2022 was a significant 12 months for the H2 SX SE. Should you’ll recall, that’s when Kawasaki rolled out Superior Rider Help System (ARAS) with adaptive cruise management, in addition to ahead collision warning and blind spot detection (with greater than slightly assist from Bosch, after all). LED lighting, a 6.5-inch full-color TFT sprint, a tire strain monitoring system, car maintain help, and a distant key fob additionally joined the celebration presently final 12 months.
If that wasn’t sufficient to get Crew Inexperienced followers excited, it’s additionally the 12 months that the Kawasaki Digital Management Suspension (KECS) bought Showa Skyhook enhancements for the primary time. Actually, it was so much to soak up, and whereas followers all the time need extra, there’s nonetheless an terrible lot right here to feast on.
Kawasaki’s supercharged 998cc four-cylinder monster of an engine stays unchanged, with bore and stroke of 76.0 by 55.0 millimeters. Peak torque is listed as 101 pound-feet at 9,500 rpm, with a compression ratio of 11.2 to 1.
The braking system consists of twin semi-floating, 320mm discs up entrance, paired with radially-mounted, four-piston calipers. The rear will get a single 250mm disc with a two-piston caliper. Wheelbase is 58.3 inches, seat top is 32.9 inches, and curb weight is a fairly hefty 590.9 kilos. The gas tank holds 5 gallons of gas.
Do you want Kawasaki’s Emerald Blazed Inexperienced/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Graphite Grey colorway? If that’s the case, you then’re in luck, as a result of that’s the one choice provided on the 2023 Ninja H2 SX SE. One factor’s for sure about Kawasaki: It makes daring selections, after which it sticks to (and refines) them. Usually talking, that’s the form of considering we will get behind.