Inspired by the Kawasaki legend – the 1971 750SS MkIV, or H2 – Kawasaki’s latest video talks of the original bike being ‘renowned as the world’s fastest motorcycle with incredible acceleration’. The H2 ‘made a great sensation in the motorcycle industry’.

It’s been a while since the big four battled it out for the fastest production bike, with Suzuki’s Hayabusa taking the crown from the Honda Blackbird with a top speed of over 200mph. A gentleman’s agreement saw bikes topping out at 186mph in the early 2000s, but this new video, which briefly shows the slim supercharged motorcycle on a high-speed circuit, appears to point to a firm two fingers up to the establishment from Japan.

KTM recently ruffled a few industry feathers when its Super Duke promotional videos focussed on stunts, something the manufacturers have recently shied away from in the hopes of preventing further legislation and restriction. As bike sales pick up, this could be a sign of renewed confidence, and a desire to reignite a suppressed excitement in some bikers.

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A new video from Kawasaki, released today, shows the supercharger fitted to the superbike’s engine:

While this one is a close-up of the exhaust collectors during an engine test:

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