2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE First Ride Review

Kawasaki says: The trellis frame is made of high-tensile steel with pipe diameter, thickness and bend of each piece carefully selected to obtain the necessary stiffness. The steering head was moved forward 15mm, contributing to a 30mm longer wheelbase and enabling a wider 30-degree steering angle for easier low-speed maneuverability. The engine was tilted forward two degrees to help lower the center of gravity, which contributes to overall handling and stability. Stronger, longer rear frame increases the payload by nearly 200 pounds. Slim frame design and horizontal mounting of the die-cast aluminum rear subframe helps keep seat narrow for a shorter reach to the ground. Open design of trellis frame allows air to pass through it to help dissipate engine heat. Swingarm mounting plate is bolted to the back of the engine to make it part of the frame – eliminating frame cross members for lightness and increasing stiffness.