When Kawasaki announced that they are going to produce a supercharged bike, the fans of motorcycles stood in amazement. Is that really possible!? Well, it is and the Ninja H2R presented last year already shown its capabilities in a race against some of the most astonishing cars of today (including the race against the mighty Bugatti Veyron). Now, however, the Kawasaki Ninja H2R set yet another record in the hands of famous racing bike biker James Hillier.
Driving the H2R at the Isle of Man, Hillier succeeded to reach a maximum speed of 206 mph which is unprecedented for a series bike on a closed public road. Hitting that sort of speed was a brave move and it showed that even small and lightweight superbikes can be driven as hard as supercars on the closed public roads. 300 HP+ bike certainly has enough grunt to reach that speed, but to be in control of the bike at those speeds is something that is rather incredible.
Actually, the speedo on the Kawasaki even shown 210 mph + meaning that Hillier could have traveled even faster than reported 206 mph.
After the feat Hillier said “That was insane, simply insane. The first four gears are just over in a flash and the acceleration is mental.”
The roads on the Isle of Man aren’t really silky smooth. They are used every day, so hitting 206 mph on a bike there is rather courageous feat. Of course, the Isle of Man is known for its close relations with bikers of all sorts, but now it seems that Kawasaki has an edge there. If we are to compare the Isle of Man with anything than we’d have to say that this is basically the Nurburgring of motorcycles. It is that important.