Best of the Best 2016: Wheels | Motorcycles: Kawasaki Ninja H2R

  • Kawasaki Ninja H2R Sportbike
  • Wind-tunnel testing of the H2R prompted Kawasaki to add two fairing-mounted winglets, which enhance downforce and high-speed stability.
  • The Kawasaki Ninja H2R features include three-mode traction control, launch control, and an electronic steering damper.
  • Yamaha XSR900
  • Yamaha XSR900

The Ninja H2R is a track-only machine (no headlights, turn signals, or treaded tires) powered by a supercharged 4-cylinder engine that produces approximately 300 hp. The bike boasts significantly more power than any other production motorcycle on the market. Accompanying the awesome output is a suite of electronics designed to ensure that you can control the H2R. These features include three-mode traction control, launch control, and an electronic steering damper. They’re impressive and reassuring.

  • Wind-tunnel testing of the H2R prompted Kawasaki to add two fairing-mounted winglets, which enhance downforce and high-speed stability.
  • Among the bike’s unusual details is its liquid-metal black paint, which creates a mirrorlike finish.
  • Kawasaki also offers a street version of the bike, the Ninja H2 (starting at $26,000).

Kawasaki, kawasaki.com (starting at $53,000)

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