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RideFast Nov 2019

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job remains, offset with some lighter and darker matte grey bits, and the engine ... well, it’s not pretty to look at, but that’s hardly going to deter the sick puppies that want to ride this thing. There’s a full-color TFT dash, including smartphone connectivity. There’s a ride-bywire throttle and inertial management unit, enabling goodies like cruise control, traction control, multiple power modes, launch control, ABS and Kawasaki’s KCMF cornering management system, which helps you keep a tight line through a corner by managing brake force, bike pitch and engine power in a lean angle sensitive fashion. Suspension, as on the H2, is by Showa, including the top shelf Big Piston Forks and a fully adjustable shock. Brakes are big Brembo monoblocs, and you’ll be glad they are. Lights are LEDs. The Z H2 doesn’t take the crown of world’s most powerful production nakedbike off the MV Agusta Brutale Serie Oro and Ducati Streetfighter V4, but it pays to remember that a simple ECU flash can unlock an easy 50-odd horsepower from the H2, and with more extensive exhaust and intake work the engine’s good for at least 300 horsepower in the H2R. It also pays to remember that 200-odd horsepower is an absolute lunatic’s number, and the fact that it’s available on motorcycles at all – let alone street-focused nakedbikes like these – is either a sign that we’re living in a golden age, or else one of the four horsemen of a coming apocalypse. Bravo either way! The Z H2 will definitely be making its way to SA, when and how much we are not too sure about just yet. You can try contacting your local dealer for more information, but we suspect the bike will only hit our shores around Feb/March next year and will come with a price tag close to or over R300k. Electronic Cruise Control Kawasaki’s cruise control system allows a desired speed to be maintained with the simple press of a button. Once activated, the rider does not have to constantly apply the throttle. This reduces stress on the right hand when travelling long distances, enabling relaxed cruising and contributing to a high level of riding comfort. Operation of the Electronic Cruise Control is conveniently activated from the left handle. Smartphone Connectivity This model is equipped with a smartphone connectivity function, which enables connection via Bluetooth. Since the system can be accessed via Bluetooth technology, there is no need to connect cables, which means that convenience is dramatically improved. In addition to checking machine information and recording and downloading logs, settings such as Riding Mode can be prepared remotely. A Bluetooth chip built into the instrument panel enables riders to connect to their motorcycle wirelessly. Using the smartphone application “RIDEOLOGY THE APP,” a number of instrument functions can be accessed, contributing to an enhanced motorcycling experience. Advanced Electronic Systems that Support Vehicle Control The Z H2’s advanced electronics package includes numerous electronic control systems such as KTRC, KCMF, and KIBS, as well as an IMU that provides chassis orientation feedback to KIBS and KTRC. These rider-support systems offer the peace of mind to handle the power of the supercharged engine, while providing a wide range of information. In addition, Electronic Cruise Control and KQS further enhance riding convenience. In addition, a choice of three Power Modes, and integrated Riding Modes that link KTRC and Power Mode are extremely easy to operate, allowing riders to focus on their ride. Fat-Type Handlebar and Handle Switches Mounted on the strong, supple fat-type handlebar, left and right handle switches let riders make setting and display changes without releasing the grips. The left handle switch is used to operate the Electronic Cruise Control, make meter display changes, and update settings, while the right handle switch is used to access to the machine setting menus. Full-Colour TFT LCD screen The instrument panel comprehensively displays various information on the full-colour TFT LCD screen. It also has functions that can help you manage daily vehicle operating status and schedule for long distance riding. Display functions include a digital speedometer, gear position indicator, shift indicator, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, remaining range, current/average fuel consumption, outside temperature, coolant temperature, clock, Economical Riding Indicator, IMU indicator, KIBS indicator, boost pressure and boost temperature. All LED Lighting All the lights – including the headlamp, taillight as well as turn signals and license plate lamp – are equipped with LED bulbs. Low power consumption and high durability improve maintainability while providing high-light intensity and high illumination. The light’s vivid colouring contributes to excellent visibility from the surroundings, significantly contributing to enhanced night riding safety. The frame mounted headlamp also influences the styling around the front and creates an innovative look that is different from previous naked models. Single intake You will notice that the new Z H2 only features one intake on the left hand side of the bikes. This is to allow air to flow through to help cool the Supercharger. It is a bit weired that there is only the one... Trellis Frame Able to harness the full power of the supercharged engine, the Z H2’s specially designed frame offers a combination of high-speed stability and light handing that facilitates control when riding in the city or on twisty roads – seemingly contrary characteristics. The compact frame, an ideal basis for the form of a naked model, has a high-level balance of stiffness and flexibility, allowing a wide range of riding situations to be tackled. Balanced Supercharged Engine Manageable Power Delivery at all speeds thoroughly pursued to achieve a power unit that enables you to experience the high output of 200hp. When displacement is increased in order to gain more power, this usually results in increased size and weight, which diminishes the merit of any power gained. The Z H2 eliminates this problem by using a supercharged engine. The DOHC 16-valve 998 cm3 In-Line Four Balanced Supercharged Engine generates a high maximum power of 200hp while also being lightweight and compact. It produces intense acceleration unlike anything a naturally aspirated engine can provide. Brake System To be easy to ride at low and medium speeds, as well as high speeds, the Z H2 needed a brake system that matches its performance. The front brakes are gripped by Brembo M4.32 monobloc calipers. Machined from cast aluminium blocks, their highly rigid one-piece structures boast strong braking force. The calipers are radially mounted, further contributing to their high performance. The Nissin master cylinder, fine-tuned with Kawasaki original settings, offers functionality perfectly matched to the Z H2’s character, enabling riders to not only control deceleration from various speed ranges, but also to use the brakes to initiate weight transfer to change the bike’s posture on corner entry. 32 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019 33