The 2020 Z H2 motorcycle from Kawasaki has been unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The 2020 Z H2 motorcycle from Kawasaki has been unveiled at the Tokyo Motor Show.

So here we go then, the first of the ‘hyper nakeds’ has appeared at the Tokyo Motor Show. Kawasaki has smashed it with the 197bhp (200hp), 239kg supercharged monster.

The bike makes just under 200bhp and tips the sales at 239kg
The bike makes just under 200bhp and tips the sales at 239kg

Showa BPF forks and quality rear suspension plus the comparatively low weight (1kg more than the Ninja H2 and 20kg less than the H2-SX) will keep it fiesty on the road as will the 137Nm (101lbft) of torque at 8,500rpm – that’s the same torque as on the H2 SX delivered a full 1000rpm sooner.

New frame

Frame-wise, the Z H2’s unit is all-new and mated to a double-sided swingarm instead of the family-line single-sider version of it’s siblings.

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Cruise control, connectivity to the Kawasaki Rideology app and three power modes (full, 75% or 50%) added to an up/down quickshifter and blipper all add to the package.

The TFT dash on the Z H2 motorcycle is controlled through a series of switches on the left-hand handlebar.
The TFT dash on the Z H2 motorcycle is controlled through a series of switches on the left-hand handlebar.

Price rumour and here’s the colours it comes in

There’s no mention yet of price for the bike but we’ve been told it’ll come in at Europe at around Euro 19,000 (£16,400 – ish). Here’s the colours that the bike will be available in, here in Blighty:

  • Metalic spark black / metalic graphite gray / mirror coated spark black
  • Metalic matte carbon gray / metalic flat spark black
  • Metalic diablo black / metalic flat spark black
This is the black colour scheme for the Z H2 motorcycle.
This is the black colour scheme for the Z H2 motorcycle.

Here's the red option for the Z H2 bike from Kawasaki which will be on sale next year.
Here’s the red option for the Z H2 bike from Kawasaki which will be on sale next year.
There's not much width to the supercharged Z H2 from Kawasaki. The 2020 bike hides the extra size of the supercharging unit well.
There’s not much width to the supercharged Z H2 from Kawasaki. The 2020 bike hides the extra size of the supercharging unit well.
A compact rear view of the Kawasaki Z H2 motorcycle for 2020.
A compact rear view of the Kawasaki Z H2 motorcycle for 2020.
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