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The Z H2’s most defining feature is its supercharged engine. While the idea of a supercharged engine may call to mind an extremely high powered motorcycle that only a handful of riders are able to ride in very limited conditions, Kawasaki’s modern development philosophy called for a machine that enables a wider range of riders to understand the pleasure of riding a motorcycle.
Kawasaki’s supercharged engines were designed with this idea firmly in mind. The Z H2’s supercharged engine achieves the seemingly contradictory goals of ample power and easy-to-manage power delivery.
Balanced Supercharged Engine for a Supernaked
The Z H2's Balanced Supercharged Engine is the product of Kawasaki Group technology, designed in-house not only by the Motorcycle & Engine Company, but also with collaboration from the Aerospace Systems Company, Energy System & Plant Engineering Company, and Corporate Technology Division. Kawasaki wanted the power of its supercharged engine to be manageable. As a result of this pursuit, the optimized engine-supercharger pairing offers smooth power delivery in all conditions, its wide power band delivering exhilarating acceleration at all rpm.
Engine Sound Tuning
Kawasaki’s accumulated knowledge of acoustic analysis was used to ne-tune the
shape of the intake duct to highlight operating sound of the supercharger and tune the intake sound. The result is a unique and emotional engine sound that can only be heard on the Z H2 with its supercharged engine.
Engine and Swing Arm Mounting Plate
The Swingarm Mounting Plate is fastened to the back of the engine, with the swing-arm
pivot shaft passing through the plate, essentially allowing the swing-arm to be mounted directly to the engine. In addition, the Swingarm Mounting Plate acts as a cross
member in the frame, contributing to rigidity and enabling weight reduction of
the frame. The engine is mounted at an almost upright angle, contributing to the
optimized position for the bike’s center of gravity, which gives easy and direct handling.
Integrated Riding Modes
All-inclusive modes that link KTRC and Power Mode allow riders to efficiently set traction control and power delivery to suit a given riding situation. Riders can choose from three settings (Sport, Road, Rain) or a manual setting (Rider). In the manual Rider mode, each of the systems can be set independently