The idea of a Kawasaki sportbike that costs $25,000 might seem incongruous. That’s the realm of Italian exotics and, though Kawasaki ends with a vowel, it’s not a swanky European marque that commands an exotic price tag.
But then, Kawasaki hasn’t ever produced a motorcycle quite like the H2. In fact, no major manufacturer has. The fitment of a centrifugal supercharger makes the H2 really special, helping to produce nearly 200 horsepower at the wheel, and it’s a feat of engineering to package it all inside a wheelbase marginally longer than a typical literbike. A tubular-trellis frame and single-sided swingarm are not unusual for Ducati or MV Agusta, but they are firsts for Kawasaki. Witness also the mirror-finish paint that can’t be found on any other factory-produced motor vehicle.
We rushed to give you our impressions of the H2 in text and photos, and now we’ve put together the below video so you could see it in moving pictures and sound. If the concept behind the muscle-bound H2 appeals to you, a $25k MSRP might seem quite reasonable.