2. Kawasaki Ninja H2/H2R


It shouldn’t be a surprise the Kawasaki Ninja H2 and Ninja H2R are on this list. Though we understand if you’re a little stunned not to see the supercharged pair in the number-one spot. With 300 hp on tap from the non-street-legal H2R, and perhaps 100 hp less from the road-legal H2, both bikes will deliver an experience of acceleration unlike anything ever delivered from a major OEM. All of us are waiting in anticipation, hopeful for the chance to turn on the launch control, peg the rev limiter and dump the clutch – unsure as to whether our arms and necks are strong enough to counter the force of acceleration.

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The beauty of the H2 and H2R is that they aren’t just one-trick (acceleration) ponies. Sporty steering geometry, up-spec KYB suspension and a trellis chassis (a first for Kawi) will give the rider the confidence to peg a knee on the ground, while the all-important traction control means your chances of getting a bird’s-eye view of the bike if you get too greedy with the power are greatly reduced. The Kawi’s glaring downside is its 525-pound claimed wet weight, which might make stringing together multiple laps at speed a test of both mental and physical endurance. Nonetheless, the might and expertise of Kawasaki Heavy Industries is proudly on display in this technological tour de force, and pricing for the pair reflects it: $50,000 for the H2R and half that for the H2.