James Hillier & Kawasaki Ninja H2R Claim Fastest Isle of Man TT Speed
When the supercharged Kawasaki Ninja H2R was unveiled, plans quickly escalated for its use on closed circuits across the globe.
We rode the “tame” H2 ($25K) at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. – the H2 producing a mere 200 horsepower. As for the H2R ($50K!), though, it’s much more of an animal, its integrated supercharged 998cc pumping out over 300 horsepower.
And the H2R is just what 2013 Lightweight TT winner James Hillier piloted around a closed-roads Mountain Course during a solo parade lap.
Isle of Man TT organizers allowed Quattro Plant Kawasaki’s Hillier to take the H2R on a full-speed lap around the 37.73-mile Mountain Course as hundreds of spectators looked on. During his lap, Hillier’s Strava GPS app recorded a speed of over 206mph on the famed Sulby Straight, which would be the fastest speed ever recording for a motorcycle on closed roads at the Isle of Man TT.
Ahead of the run, the 30-year-old Hillier, who so far earned a best of third in the RST Superbike TT (ZX0-10R Ninja), was a bit nervous knowing the awesome power of the H2R.
But he adjusted the seat’s side sections to help compensate for the intense acceleration, and his team set up the suspension to “cope with the array of different road surfaces he would encounter across a lap of the World’s most famous pure roads course.”
Once Hillier was off, he spent “little time waving” to TT fans, and focused on putting in a quick lap. When he returned and the tire smoke clear, Hillier said “that was insane, simply insane. The first four gears are just over in a flash and the acceleration is mental.
“It was fast everywhere and over the mountain, well, it was simply incredible. I had my cycling app Strava switched on for the whole lap and down Sulby straight I gave it full gas in top gear and it topped out at over 206mph. Wow!”
Stay tuned for some onboard footage that Kawasaki will surely release. For now, check out the photo gallery and video below of Hillier flying through The Isle of Man TT’s Cronk y Voddy straight.
James Hillier and Kawasaki Ninja H2R Isle of Man TT Photo Gallery