The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2R: a Ninja on Steroids
Some Kawasaki Ninjas (like the 400) are widely regarded as beginner sport bikes—but the Ninja H2R is no such beast. Make no mistake: the H2R has always been a mean, track-only machine, and that hasn’t changed one bit for the 2022 Kawasaki lineup.
The major Japanese bike brands all have a reputation for making killer track bikes, but Kawasaki has done everything in their power to push the envelope with the H2R—which is so streamlined that it doesn’t even have mirrors, turn signals, or headlights. What it does have is a 998cc in-line four supercharged engine, which produces 326 HP and 121.7 lb-ft at 12500 rpm, giving the bike a top speed of approximately 400 km/h. Let us reiterate that this is not a bike for beginners.
There aren’t any major changes to the H2R from last year’s model. It’s the same bike, only it costs a thousand dollars more because it’s a year newer. But hey—why mess with perfection? All the premium rider aids from the previous version (like engine brake control, cornering management function, launch control mode, a quick shifter, traction control, and more) are still here, ensuring the H2R remains a more-or-less untouchable race-day weapon.
Competitors for this monster are pretty scarce—you’ve got the Ducati Panigale V4R, the Honda CB1000R, and the BMW M 1000 RR. But for those craving sheer horsepower, the Ninja has the edge.
The bike is available in just one color option: Mirror Coated Matte Spark Black
The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 R starts at $56,500 USD / $62,700 CAD.
On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2R in one place.
- Price: $56,500 USD / $62,700 CAD
- Key Features:
- Kawasaki Engine Brake Control
- KCMF (Kawasaki Cornering Management Function)
- KCLM (Kawasaki Launch Control Mode)
- KQS (Kawasaki Quick Shifter)
- KTRC (Kawasaki Traction Control)
- Electronic Throttle Valves
- Supercharged Engine
- KIBS (Kawasaki Intelligent Anti-Lock Brake System)
- IMU-Enhanced Chassis Orientation Awareness
- Silver-Mirror Paint
- Engine: 998cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC 16-valve in-line four
- Power: 326 hp @ 14500 rpm (with Ram Air)
- Torque: 121.7 lb-ft @ 12500 rpm
- Dry Weight: 476.3 lbs (216 kg)
- Seat Height: 32.7 inches (830 mm)
2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2R Specifications
|Engine||998 cc Liquid -cooled, 4-stroke, In-Line Four, DOHC, 16-valve|
|Bore x Stroke||76.0 x 55.0mm|
|Fuel System||DFI® with 50mm throttle bodies (4) with dual injection ; Kawasaki Supercharger|
|Clutch||Wet multi-disc, manual|
|Transmission||6-speed, return, dog-ring|
|Final Drive||Sealed chain|
|Suspension Front||43mm inverted fork with adjustable rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs/4.7 in|
|Suspension Rear||Uni-Trak®, Öhlins TTX36 gas charged shock with piggyback reservoir, 30-way compression and rebound damping and adjustability, and 16-way spring preload adjustability and top-out spring/5.3 in|
|Brakes Front||Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston Brembo Stylema® calipers, dual semi-floating 330mm discs, KIBS ABS|
Opposed 2-piston calipers, single 250mm disc, KIBS ABS
|Tires Front||120/60 ZR17 V01F slick|
|Tires Rear||190/65 17 Bridgestone Racing Battlax V01R Slick, Medium|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||4.5 gal|
Mirror Coated Matte Spark Black
|Overall Length||81.5 in|
|Overall Width||33.5 in|
|Overall Height||45.7 in|
|Ground Clearance||5.1 in|
|Seat Height||32.7 in|
|Curb Weight||476.3 lb*|
|Kawasaki Protection Plus||12, 24, or 36 months|
2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2R Features
The unprecedented power output of the supercharged Ninja H2®R closed-course motorcycle is made possible only through a system of finely-tuned and carefully crafted high-quality components.
Surrounding the Ninja H2®R motorcycle’s high-output engine is a multitude of premium, high-performance components, selected specifically for unmatchable performance at track speeds.
Key enhancements bring Kawasaki Racing Team (KRT) WorldSBK championship-proven electronics management technology to the Ninja H2®R motorcycle. The compact IMU enables inertia along 6 Degrees of Freedom to be monitored (acceleration along longitudinal, transverse and vertical axes, plus roll rate and pitch are measured). The yaw rate is calculated by the ECU using Kawasaki’s proprietary dynamic modeling software. The result is precise chassis orientation awareness that assists the rider’s ability to adapt to a wide range of closed-course riding conditions.
The Ninja H2®R hypersport design projects intense force becoming a product of functional beauty. Each and every angle, from the carbon-fiber wings to the front fender, is designed to contribute unprecedented performance and style.
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