Kawasaki Introduces Lots of New Goodies on 2022 Ninja H2 SX SE

Jan 14, 2022 View Comments by
Written by: Ile Kauppila


Kawasaki kicks off 2022 by dropping down a whole slew of new and updated goodies for sport-touring riders. The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE makes a return to the company’s hypersport lineup, but this may not be the bike you know.

The latest iteration of Ninja H2 SX SE is powered by a supercharged 998cc inline four-cylinder engine, tuned to distribute power to the low to mid rpm range. The powerplant features revised cam timing to improve performance, while an all-new straight-pipe style layout enhances torque.

Kawasaki has eliminated the pre-silencer chamber from the Ninja’s exhaust, allowing the company to implement a longer collector pipe and increase catalyser volume. The bike also has a new resin silencer in the secondary air inlet to reduce mechanical noise.

The bike has also received numerous improvements to its clutch and transmissions to cut back on mechanical noise and improve clutch release. The 2022 Ninja boasts a dog-ring transmission for smooth shifting, and a revised teeth count on the second gear to minimize resonance.

To absorb bumps on the road, the Ninja H2 SX SE comes with the new Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS), assisted by Showa Skyhook Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment (EERA) technology. Kawasaki says this combo supports the bike’s sprung weight and modulates suspension damping forces to maintain the bike’s vertical position with minimal disturbance.

The motorcycle has an inverted 43mm Showa cartridge fork and a Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) lite rear shock. The rear shock features electronically adjustable preload, while the KECS adjusts compression and rebound damping for both the fork and shock.

Brembo’s dual radial mount four-piston Stylema front calipers grip a pair of semi-floating 320mm discs to bring the Ninja to a stop. For rubber, the bike has new Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tires.

Big Brawn, Big Brains

To complement its brawn, the 2022 Ninja H2 SX SE has also received improvements to its brain. The bike is Kawasaki’s first model to feature an FI-ECU engine control unit, while a new inertial measurement unit (IMU) with six degrees of freedom works to give the rider a clearer real-time picture of bike orientation.

The new Bosch Advanced Rider Assist System (ARAS) brings in various radar sensors to enable multiple electronic aids for more relaxed riding. These features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACA), a Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system, and a rear-facing Blind Spot Detection (BSD) function.

The ACA system maintains the bike’s speed automatically with smart disengagement features. The FCW and BSD systems both warn the rider with bright lights about potential threats in hard-to-see spots.

The Ninja also features a new tire pressure monitoring system and a Vehicle Hold Assist (VHA). The VHA will engage with firm brake application and keep the bike in place while allowing the rider to let go of the hand brake.

Kawasaki’s Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System (KIPASS) allows for remote activation of the main switch and steering lock. This smart system increases convenience while acting as a theft and vandalism deterrent.

Four different ride modes help intelligently operate the Ninja’s smarts, allowing riders to set and adjust traction control, power delivery, and suspension characteristics. The modes include Sport, Road, Rain, and Manual modes, the latter being freely adjustable to your personal preferences.

All the Ninja’s electronic goodies are controlled through a new, clear 6.5-inch full-color TFT instrumentation screen, featuring three different display modes (black, white, automatic). The screen can connect to smartphones through Kawasaki’s new smartphone-based infotainment app SPIN, which enables third-party applications to be displayed on the screen.

The screen is split into three areas, each of which can display a variety of indicators, gauges, and information readouts. This allows riders to always have the information they need readily available.

A Sleek Night Warrior

In looks, the 2022 Ninja H2 SX SE maintains the aggressive look of a stealthy warrior, but with some tweaks. A new front face design and a more compact upper cowl make the bike slightly slimmer, while also hiding the front radar sensor.

A new LED headlight features integrated position lamps and LED cornering lights. The mirrors are new, with an aerodynamic shape, while the rear radar sensors are housed in a hidden compartment built into the rear fender.

Both the rider and passenger seat have received a more ergonomic redesign. The seats are wider, with revised shapes, thickness, and density to improve riding comfort. Under the rear seat lurks a USB power outlet to provide convenient charging for small personal devices.

The Ninja also has heated grips to keep your fingers warm, increasing the comfort of the relaxed position on cold days. To top it all off, Kawasaki’s Highly Durable Paint technology allows the bike to self-repair certain types of scratches, due to its special top coating.

The self-healing coat protects the Ninja’s striking Emerald Blazed Green/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Graphite Gray paint job. Kawasaki also has available multiple accessories for the bike, such as high and low front seats, color-matched seat cowls, a clear 55mm lower windshield, helmet lock, and 28-liter hard saddlebag set.

The 2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE is available at retailers at an MSRP of $27,500.

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