Besides competing in both the Superbike and Supersport classes at the 2015 Isle of Man TT, Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s James Hillier will do some promoting for Kawasaki’s latest missile – the supercharged Ninja H2R.And what better way to promote the machine than taking it for a rip around the 37.73-mile course during this year’s TT? This is just what Hillier was asked to do by Kawasaki Motors UK and TT festival organizers.
Hillier will pilot the 300+ horsepower machine around the Snaefell Mountain Course during the Monster Energy Parade lap, which will also include Kawasaki Racing Team World Superbike riders Tom Sykes and Jonathan Rea on replica Ninja ZX-10R motorcycles.“I’ve seen the road going Ninja H2 at Bournemouth Kawasaki where the Quattro Plant team is based but this is something else altogether,” said Hillier, who was trusted to transport the machine to the TT paddock.“I can’t wait to hear the sound echo around the first part of the course and then let it rip up the mountain mile – it’s going to be a mega experience!”The exclusive Ninja H2R has a supercharged engine designed by Kawasaki Heavy Industries’ Gas Turbine division. Utilizing all of the resources of KHI, the 2015 Kawasaki Ninja H2R features carbon-fiber bodywork from the Aerospace division, custom components from the Machinery division and the result is a striking motorcycle. The claimed horsepower of the 998cc H2R is “in the region of 300 horsepower.”Other highlights include a trellis frame, wind-tunnel tested highly aerodynamic bodywork (called “Intense Force Design”), and the retro Kawasaki River Mark logo.
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In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams takes the smallest BMW ADV bike on an urban adventure in Los Angeles. The BMW G 310 GS is a full size motorcycle with a modest engine, so of course we wonder if it is a little too underpowered and might struggle. Don put it through its paces and gives us his take.
In the second segment, Neale Bayly and Kiran Ridley have returned from the Ukraine to Paris where Kiran is based.
Kiran is an award winning photojournalist, and as an accomplished documentarian, he has covered stories as diverse as drug smuggling around the Mexican border, to the devastation of the Australian Bush Fires, to the tragedy of the Mediterranean migration crisis. Neale and Kiran reminisce about their motorcycle adventure in the Ukraine, and their observations and experiences with the incredibly resilient people of Ukraine, who have been put through such brutal hardship.