Another in a long line of Ninja products, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R has been the world- record- holder for the fastest production motorcycle since 2015. If you’ve been driving and a whipsy blur screamed past your window, odds are it was an H2R.
A Glorious History
First produced in 2015, this motorcycle instantly secured its position as the fastest production motorcycle in the world, a title that has been claimed for a record that has been broken by the Ninja series a total of five times, more than any other series in history.
Ever since 2015, the H2R has managed to maintain this title without fail. Few motorcycles have even managed to get close to the H2R’s massive speed. The lack of competition even went so far as to enable the H2R to break its own record again in 2015.
Designed to Lead the World
Kawasaki designed the H2R to add to the Ninja-series’s already incredible number of record-breaking titles and models in the line-up, and that’s just what it did. From the moment the H2R hit the market, the market was beginning for more.
What else can you expect when a manufacturer as prominent as Kawasaki creates a model as powerful and as fast as the Ninja H2R out of a series that already has multiple record-breaking names in its line-up?
Five Years – One Generation
Auto-enthusiasts are still waiting for the next generation of H2Rs; however, the market seems generally satisfied with the current state of things.
- Kawasaki Ninja H2R (2015-present)
Underneath the seat, nestled tightly inside of a high-tensile steel trellis frame with swingarm mounting plate, is a four-stroke, transverse four cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve, supercharged, centrifugal engine with a displacement of 998cc.
The Ninja H2R sports just about a whopping 300 horsepower with a maximum speed of just about 209 miles per hour.
And that’s just for the commercial version. The specifications increase in all categories for track-only models, since they do not suffer the same restrictions in the United States as motorcycles designed to be street legal.
Ninjas Just Keep on Coming
Every year for the past couple of decades now, Kawasaki has announced newer and better Ninjas on the horizon. As recently as 2019, the H2R has been announced for another year of production with even better specs than before.
While Kawasaki Ninjas have been used in dozens and dozens of films and TV shows, the H2R has yet to get its fair share of credits; however, as the standing faster production motorcycle in the world, it only needs to bide its time.
Kawasaki, Harley-Davidson, and Honda have a few of the most robust social spheres of influence surrounding their brand. When it comes to the H2R, a simple search or browse through Facebook groups reveals some, such as this one, with thousands of likes and members.
Kawasaki Ninja H2R – The Fastest Production motorcycle
Commercially available speed knows no friend quite like the Ninja H2R, which has managed to secure and defend the title of world’s fastest production motorcycle since first rolling off the assembly lines in 2015. Will next year’s model break the record once again? Only time can tell.