See that gaping hole above? That’s the exit wound from a thrown con-rod after a Kawasaki Ninja H2‘s engine blows on a drag strip. Fortunately, the rider was able to maintain control at such a high speed and coax the H2 to a stop.

The speedometer was obscured by sun glare, but the video title indicates the incident happened at 188 mph. An earlier run showed the H2 topping 230 mph, so we know he could have been moving much faster when the engine gave.

According to the video description, this unfortunate incident happened during a run at the Loring Mile Harvest drag racing event in Maine. The H2 was heavily modded and had been used in several drag racing runs before it grenaded.

While the POV angle doesn’t allow us see the engine going, it does provide a more visceral experience, from the sudden, sickening shudder, to the splash of fluids on the windscreen. “She done,” the rider says, tossing his gloves to the now-wet tarmac. “She done.”

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Once the initial disappointment passed, the H2 owner seemed more positive than I would have been, as he ends the video with a promise of coming back with a rebuilt motor next year.

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  • DickRuble

    Quick, ask Kawaski to fix it under warranty.

    • HazardtoMyself

      Just the look on the dealers face would be worth the attempt.

      • John A. Smith

        I bent a valve after screwing up and doing a 5-2 shift instead of the intended 5-4 while racing. Took it to the Toyota dealer, told them exactly how it happened. They laughed and fixed it under warranty.

        • Sayyed Bashir

          This guy had a heavily modded engine so no question of a warranty. He will happily rebuild it himself, better than before.

          • Ellis Tomago

            So next time it will blow up even harder.

          • Sterling Ross

            There is no warranty implied or otherwise… H2 !

  • Craig Hoffman

    Really lucky the back end did not pass the front end on that one. Oil and coolant are slippery. Regardless, that is gonna put a dent in his wallet…

    • Sayyed Bashir

      I think he knew it could blow. He didn’t seem too disappointed.

  • Lewis

    When this thing hits 188…you’re going to see some serious sh**!

  • Larry Kahn

    What, no JBWeld in Maine?

    • Sayyed Bashir

      He’d have to find the connecting rod first.

  • Cami

    Saddest sound I ever heard. 🙁

  • Bmwclay

    I know how he feels. The EXACT same thing happened to me on my wife’s Trail 90.

    • therr850

      Exact same thing?

  • Dootin

    That crankcase should be much cooler now.

  • RPJ

    Not the sound one wants to hear at any speed.

  • Jack Loganbill

    so much for supercharging light weight motorcycle engines!

    • therr850

      It doesn’t matter if it is a lawn mower engine or a TFD, they can all come apart if there is a small flaw in any one part. A small crack or internal metal contamination. Sounds like he is having fun tho:}