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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #1 on: April 01, 2018, 10:37:47 am »
I can’t see myself doing heavy mileage on that . If I were to hit the lottery, that’d sit next to my C14, it’d be the around town ride and the bike I take on two or three day rides.The C14 gets the nod for long trips. Heck, I can’t see strapping much luggage to the H2, along with my tail bag and the rack on that, I can easily fit a huge duffel bag on the passenger part of my seat.

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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #2 on: April 01, 2018, 11:08:39 am »
The things I like are:

TFT Display with different display options
Adjustable power modes and T/C
Heated grips
Bags
Cruise Control
Quickshifter

The things I do not care for:

Chaindrive
Sportbike riding position
Seat height (high for me...)
The horsepower (GTR has plenty enough for me)
The price

I’m not sure what type of rider mama Kaw is after here, but I don’t think it is Concours owners.

I would really love to see a TFT, cruise and heated grips/seat built into the Connie.  I certainly hope this doesn’t mean its future demise.


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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #3 on: April 01, 2018, 11:50:19 am »
Very neat, but hardly an ST in my book.  Review says as much too, but without too many details in that regard (and as if we didn't already know and hash it through on previous threads: small fairings for minimal weather control, chain drive, small windscreen also not powered, too leaned over, shorter wheel base, puny warranty, crappy range, etc.)  It is an amazing bike, but priced at $23K and with its other limitations, I still think the C14 still reigns king in its category.  The H2SXSE can be king in it's own "mostly sport somewhat touring" category :)

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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #4 on: April 01, 2018, 12:28:43 pm »
Costs $23k, issupercharged, will do 1/4 mile in the mid 9’s...
As good as this bike looks on paper, in person and on the road ,
I think we all can agree that the annual insurance bill on it will be
very ugly.

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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #5 on: April 01, 2018, 02:57:12 pm »
H2 SX - Hyper Sport Touring
C14 - Sport TOURING
N1K - SPORT Touring
Versys 650/1000 - Sport Touring

IMO, C14 and the Versys can do with an update. N1K sells like hotcakes in EU, according to the numbers. No surprise it sees an update every 3 years.

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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #6 on: April 01, 2018, 06:38:25 pm »
(and as if we didn't already know and hash it through on previous threads: small fairings for minimal weather control, chain drive, small windscreen also not powered, too leaned over, shorter wheel base, puny warranty, crappy range, etc.)

http://www.zggtr.org/index.php?topic=22980


I just thought it might make for an interesting read.  This is the first time I’ve ever heard of someone riding it and giving a good review of it.  I suppose I could’ve just added it to that thread, but I was too lazy to look it up...   ;)
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #7 on: April 01, 2018, 08:42:50 pm »
I just thought it might make for an interesting read.  This is the first time I’ve ever heard of someone riding it and giving a good review of it.

It is a decent/interesting ride review.
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #8 on: April 07, 2018, 04:26:27 pm »
When I initially heard this bike was coming out, I thought it would end up as a replacement for the C14. However, it's clear now that this really is not a bike I could do any distance on.   
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2018, 10:04:31 am »
But guys, Cruise Control :thumbs:, the bike has Cruise Control! We can only HOPE that the C14 is next? If Kawi would just add that and ESA the C14 would be, hands down, the best ST! I'm currently on the Trophy and am holding out a year to see what the 2019/2020 Concours offers. I really hope they add those items. The rest of the stuff they put on these bikes, like the Trophy and RT, is just fluff and not needed...give us CC, EAS, and that C14 power and it's over!
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2018, 10:21:00 am »
  Possibility exists there won't be a '19/20 model.
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2018, 10:22:14 am »
really? What have you heard? Are they discontinuing the C14?
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2018, 10:28:37 am »
speculation due to slow sales
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2018, 10:41:30 am »
That's sad to hear. First, the Trophy is discontinued and now the C14 might be?
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Re: 2018 Kawasaki H2 SX SE first ride review
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2018, 10:42:33 am »
I like the H2, looks good but the bags are small and the range is weak...2 strikes! With the loss of the Trophy and possibly losing the C14 I will have to resort to saying a bad word...BMW :-\
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