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Top 10: Highest-Performing Bikes in 2015


by Pascal Bastien ,

No. 7
2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R
: Kawasaki launched a street-legal version of its supercharged missile. Aesthetically just as wild as the track-only Ninja H2R, the all-new 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2 gets multiple tweaks to make it road-worthy and meet all market regulations. Aimed at a different type of riders, it has to settle for 7th place in our top 10.

A curb weight of 238kg, a long wheelbase of 1,455mm, and advanced aerodynamics make Kawasaki's intentions crystal clear -- to build the most formidable and fearsome sprinter on the road. It all starts with the new 998cc inline 4-cylinder engine whose supercharger cranks output up to 300 hp in the case of the track model (210 hp in H2 trim). The new steel trellis frame provides both strength and flexibility, while in the rear Kawasaki made the odd choice of using a single-sided swingarm.

The S-KTRC system used here combines the best elements of Kawasaki’s earlier traction control systems, which were known for their transparency, effective wheelie control, and “smart” ABS technology. It adds engine brake control, launch control, and a back-torque limiter.

Kawasaki H2R
Photo: Kawasaki

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