2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2R


Ninja H2R



The launching point for the development of the Ninja H2R was a strong desire to offer riders something they had never before experienced. The bike needed to deliver intense acceleration and an ultra-high top speed, coupled with supersport-level circuit performance. The H2R has fully encapsulated what it is like to ride a Kawasaki Ninja.


The Ninja H2R is a closed course riding use only model and is not manufactured for use on public roads, streets or highways. All usage of this vehicle should be limited to riding on a closed course.


Parts designed specifically for the Ninja H2R are for closed course riding use only and cannot be purchased without proof of H2R ownership (product registration, VIN confirmation, etc.).

Exhaust Sound

The exhaust sound level of the Ninja H2R at the time of factory shipment is 120 dB/A using Auto Cycle Union (ACU) guidelines. It is the owner’s responsibility to confirm that noise regulations of closed courses permit vehicles reaching this level of exhaust sound. Changes to the exhaust system may alter performance and sound level.

Usage, Maintenance and Warranty

As a closed course riding use only model, specific procedures must be followed when riding and maintaining the Ninja H2R:

Vehicle Tires: Do not replace the tires on the Ninja H2R with any other brand and model than those offered as standard equipment:

Front: Bridgestone, Racing Battlax V01F Soft

Rear: Bridgestone, Racing Battlax V01R Medium

Kawasaki does not approve Bridgestone, Racing Battlax V02F & V02R tires for Ninja H2R usage.

Tire Warmers: To prevent loss of tire grip, always use tire warmers to heat tires prior to riding the Ninja H2R. Cold tires do not provide sufficient grip and may cause loss of vehicle control and/or a crash which could result in injury or death.

Vehicle Storage: When storing the Ninja H2R, always use front and rear motorcycle stands that keep both tires off the ground. This will prevent tire deformation and adverse impacts on performance.

Vehicle Maintenance: In addition to regular periodic maintenance, service inspections are required every 15 hours of engine operation above 8,000r/min (rpm). These service intervals are monitored through the vehicle’s ECU with service messages displayed on the multifunction meter. (See Owner’s Manual for additional information)

Vehicle Warranty: The Ninja H2R is sold “As is” with no warranties, express or implied. The purchaser accepts all responsibilities concerning cost of service, maintenance and repairs.

I have read and acknowledge that I fully understand the information provided in this document.

A signed version of this Acknowledgement will be required upon deposit at your local dealership.

  • Displacement: 998cc
  • Type: 4-stroke, Inline Four
  • Bore and stroke: 76.0 x 55.0 mm
  • Cooling: Liquid
  • Compression ratio: 8.3:1
  • Valve system: DOHC, 16 valves (4 valves per cylinder)
  • Fuel system: 50mm x4 with dual injection
  • Ignition: Digital
  • Lubrication: Forced lubrication (wet sump with oil cooler)
  • Intake System: Kawasaki Supercharger
  • Front: type: Dual semi-floating 330 mm petal discs
  • Front: calipers: Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston
  • Rear: type: Single 250 mm disc
  • Rear: calipers: Opposed 2-piston
  • Overall length: 2,070 mm
  • Overall width: 850 mm
  • Overall height: 1,160 mm
  • Wheelbase: 1,450 mm
  • Ground clearance: 130 mm
  • Seat height: 830 mm
  • Curb mass: 216 kg
  • Fuel capacity: 17 L (3.7 gal.)
  • Transmission: 6-speed, return, dog-ring
  • Final drive: Chain
  • Primary reduction ratio: 1.551 (76/49)
  • Gear ratio: 1st: 3.188 (51/16)
  • Gear ratio: 2nd: 2.526 (48/19)
  • Gear ratio: 3rd: 2.045 (45/22)
  • Gear ratio: 4th: 1.727 (38/22)
  • Gear ratio: 5th: 1.524 (32/21)
  • Gear ratio: 6th: 1.348 (31/23)
  • Final reduction ratio: 2.333 (42/18)
  • Clutch: Wet multi-disc, manual
  • Type: Trellis, high-tensile steel, with Swingarm Mounting Plate
  • Wheel travel: front: 120 mm (4.7 in.)
  • Tire: front: 120/600 R17
  • Wheel travel: rear: 135 mm
  • Tire: rear: 190/650 R17
  • Caster (rake): 25.1 deg.
  • Trail: 108 mm
  • Steering angle (left/right): 27 deg./27 deg.
  • Maximum Torque: 165 N.m {16.8 kgf.m} / 12,500 rpm
  • Suspension, front: 43 mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs
  • Suspension, rear: New Uni-Trak, Öhlins TTX36 gas charged shock with piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring
Curb Mass includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied) Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft. The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.



Engine Type
4-stroke, Inline Four
Bore and Stroke
76.0 x 55.0 mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
50mm x4 with dual injection


6-speed, return, dog-ring
Final Drive


Front Suspension
43 mm inverted fork with rebound and compression damping, spring preload adjustability and top-out springs
Rear Suspension
New Uni-Trak, Öhlins TTX36 gas charged shock with piggyback reservoir, compression and rebound damping and spring preload adjustability, and top-out spring
Front Brakes
Dual semi-floating 330 mm petal discs. Calipers: Dual radial-mount, opposed 4-piston
Rear Brakes
Single 250 mm disc. Calipers: Opposed 2-piston
Front Tire
120/600 R17
Rear Tire
190/650 R17


1,450 mm
Seat Height
830 mm
25.1 deg.
108 mm
Fuel Capacity
17 L (3.7 gal.)
Dry Weight
Curb Weight: 216 kg


Mirror Coated Matte Spark Black


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