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Offline Squibb

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Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« on: December 05, 2017, 08:03:12 am »
I thought any Kawasaki fans out there might be interested in this vid posted yesterday by motorcycle.com: -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3&v=iLajTDUEjEA

Looked impressive when I sat on one at the UK Bike Show a couple of weeks back. Availability, probably March 2018, but be warned, K have form when it comes to the late arrival of luggage/accessories.
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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2017, 03:29:43 pm »
I have never been a Kaw fan do to there less refined fit and finish along with the billboard Ninja plastered on the side, but that bike is looking pretty bad ass for a weekend cruiser.
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Offline markjenn

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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #2 on: December 06, 2017, 12:22:46 am »
Looks like a pretty cool bike, but $22K?  Is this the new normal for a state-of-the-art sport tourer?  I must be getting old, but I can buy a very nice brand new GTI for this money!  My next bike is going to be a under-$6K machine - I just don't see 4x the value in something like this vs. a $5500 Ninja 400.

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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #3 on: December 06, 2017, 01:55:37 pm »
The theory of a supercharged bike is cool.  Mo' pow'r!!  But....as markjenn says, 22k?!  I can't believe I'm saying it, but, how much power does a bike need?  Too many deer, dogs, and inattentive drivers.  I went through tires fast enough on the FJR; it has to be worse with a blower added to the mix.  It IS a cool bike , just not for me.
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Offline OldRider

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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #4 on: December 06, 2017, 05:49:37 pm »
This is the new one that has my mouth watering.

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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #5 on: December 07, 2017, 02:08:54 pm »
That Z900RS looks nice, although it is disappointing that Kawasaki is asking a $2200 premium for the better-looking retro-styled version vs. the basic Z900 ABS.  In this genre, I wish Honda would import this higher-spec CB1100  to the USA.



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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #6 on: December 07, 2017, 02:27:13 pm »
What's old is new again....The Honda looks very similar to the '00ish XJR.  (even has the sculpted tank)
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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2018, 12:02:31 am »
....In this genre, I wish Honda would import this higher-spec CB1100  to the USA.



Just saw a review on the Honda.  STARTS at $12,199.  (spoke wheels & non-reservoir shocks)  Which does not include: cruise, adjustable seat, shaft drive, fairing, hard bag capability, modern forks, etc.  The above image is likely at least $500.00 more than base.  For only $3-4k difference, a person can get a Tenere.   ???
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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #8 on: January 03, 2018, 02:05:04 pm »

Just saw a review on the Honda.  STARTS at $12,199.  (spoke wheels & non-reservoir shocks)  Which does not include: cruise, adjustable seat, shaft drive, fairing, hard bag capability, modern forks, etc.  The above image is likely at least $500.00 more than base.  For only $3-4k difference, a person can get a Tenere.   ???

Folks interested in a retro naked bike like the CB1100 or Z900RS want an elemental machine with a great sense of style and aren't usually interested in fairings, hard bags, shaft, cruise, etc. - in fact, they probably dislike this stuff.  Different bikes for a different market.

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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #9 on: January 03, 2018, 02:15:09 pm »
....Different bikes for a different market.


I agree whole heartedly.  Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against this bike or the genre in general.  I just believe a simpler, less equipped bike should be cheaper.  Give me a retro price for a retro bike.
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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #10 on: January 03, 2018, 02:25:28 pm »

I agree whole heartedly.  Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against this bike or the genre in general.  I just believe a simpler, less equipped bike should be cheaper.  Give me a retro price for a retro bike.

In my experience the opposite is true. We (the wife and I) both like the new modern glass, steel and concrete houses, guess what? at least 30% more than conventional homes.
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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2018, 12:52:26 am »
I agree whole heartedly.  Don't get me wrong, I have nothing against this bike or the genre in general.  I just believe a simpler, less equipped bike should be cheaper.  Give me a retro price for a retro bike.

I agree, the retro stuff is often overpriced.  I guess the mfgs feel they need to cover their expenses of a new bike that sells to a smaller market, but it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.  Yamaha is one of the worst in this regard with the SR400.... $6K for 24-hp air-cooled single with a rear drum brake and no electric start?  Cool bike, but a Kawi Versys-X 300 for $5400 is so much more bike.  Or spend $100 more for a Honda CB500F and get a bike that is in a whole different performance category.



Back to the Honda CB1100, I think the higher price is at least slightly more justified as it is a completely different model built group-up as a air-cooled UJM retro bike, not a restyling of an existing model.

- Mark
« Last Edit: January 05, 2018, 01:01:16 am by markjenn »

 

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