Kawasaki did not need to upgrade the world’s only production supercharged motorcycle, but they still went ahead and did it anyway. The 2019 Kawasaki H2 boasts more power, new brakes, IOT connectivity, and a trick self-healing paint job.
New for 2019 is a revised air intake, air filter, and spark plugs along with a tweaked ECU that unlocks 15 percent more power, now up to 231 hp. Surprisingly, Kawasaki has also managed to increase fuel efficiency slightly. It reckons that the technical know-how it gained through the development of the H2SX super-tourer helped it make the 2019 H2 more frugal. Not that it is a concern for people buying this street-legal rocket.
Braking has been massively upgraded to handle the generous boost in power. Brembo Stylema brakes which were earlier present only on the Ducati Panigale V4 are now seen anchoring the 2019 Kawasaki H2. Additionally, the motorcycle now wears Bridgestone RS11 super slick rubber. To usher the H2 into the new era, Kawasaki has also equipped it with Bluetooth connectivity as well as a full-color instrument cluster that is inspired by the H2SX.
The real party trick of the H2 is its newfangled paint scheme. The only gripe owners had with the first-gen H2 was the way it quickly gathered scratches and dings which showed up prominently on the highly reflective paint. Kawasaki has solved this issue with the 2019 facelift. The paint on the 2019 H2 heals itself from minor scratches and scruffs in warmer conditions. If only this wizardry trickled down to smaller bikes…
Kawasaki has given the H2 a well-timed update. With the arrival of the Ducati Panigale V4, the bar for sportbikes was raised ever higher, what with the Italian superbike boasting 214 hp in stock guise along with those strangely seductive sounding Stylema calipers. With the facelift, Kawasaki is again a force to be reckoned with in the liter-class performance motorcycle segment.