Friday Forum Foraging: Kawasaki H2 *Mechanic's Special*

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Handy with a wrench? Then a cheap(ish) 200 mph motorcycle is calling.

Do you want a 2018 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX for just $12,500? Really, it can be yours for a steal. Few bikes out there today provide the kind of thrill that the supercharged H2 series from Kawasaki can. So, why's it so cheap, you ask? Well, therein lies the rub. This particular bike, which comes to us from our sister site, has a blown engine. Specifically, the number 2 cylinder dropped a valve. The seller doesn't say how it dropped the valve, but the pictures and the seller's listing provide us with a glimpse into the bike's short 6200-mile life.

The bike's been lowered with a lowering kit from Brocks Performance both front and rear, then you have the H2R cams, an intercooler, exhaust, and ECU tune, and we can suspect that this bike probably lived the life of a drag racer for much of its life. Those 6200 miles were hard ones, and it eventually caught up, resulting in a dropped valve.

Now that's a very good reason for many people to walk away from this bike. But if you're skilled in engine building, or have a very good friend who is, this might be the opportunity to build this into a legit 200 mph motorcycle. All that's needed are parts and some sweat equity. Or if you prefer, the shop the bike is located at will give you a discount to rebuild it.

If this speaks to you, go over to the original listing on and contact the seller there. We've done our usual and copied the listing below.

2018 Ninja H2 SX for sale - Needs motor work

Price: $12500

Location: Rochester, NY

Miles: 62xx

Title: Clean, no accidents, no liens.

Diagnosis: Dropped valve into Cylinder 2 - Needs a rebuild.

Reason for sale: Lost interest, other things in life i'd rather focus on.


  1. H2R Cams (Have OEM Cams and stock parts)
  2. Yagerworx Intercooler kit ($2000+upgrade)
  3. SP Engineering Exhaust
  4. Woolich Racing Ecu Tuner
  5. Brocks Lowering Kit
  6. Brocks Front Strap Kit
  7. Brocks Kick Stand
  8. Sargent Seats
  9. 3 Wind Screens
  10. Custom pearl white paint

Currently at Right Side Up in upstate NY. One of the best builders around this area that researched this bike/found the issues. This could be a very very very strong bike for someone and a ton of fun. Easy 200mph machine. Owner of RSUK has generously offered to help on a rebuild discount for buyer to help both of us out if done in house. Looking for cash no trades. If the ad is up its for sale.

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Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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  • Greg Ess Greg Ess on Jan 04, 2024

    "Lost Interest.." HA! And lost principal, too. ;-)

    If this motorcycle hadn't been modified by someone with negligible skills, it would still be running just fine. Hard to imagine that anyone could have been so falsely confident of their understanding to think they could have made this bike faster than Kawasaki already did.

    Hubris goes before erasing over $30,000 in value.

  • Hacksaw Hacksaw on Jan 04, 2024

    Squid junk!