Watch The Kawasaki H2R Hit 391 km/h! (Video)
Sit in awe as the Kawasaki Ninja H2R rides into the record books, producing a top speed of 391 km/h – that’s 243 mph in real money! 391 km/h might just seem like another number, but when you compare it to the insane top speeds achieved by the MotoGP prototype racing bikes, it’s insane. Naturally, it’s difficult to compare the two properly – the H2R is supercharged, where the MotoGP bikes aren’t, but even so, none of us expected this. We always knew that the Kawasaki H2R was something special, but this really takes it to a new level.
Ever since the H2R machine came on the scene, we’ve seen videos of it battling against S1000RRs, Hayabusas, and all manner of things but we’ve never really seen it reach its full potential. Japan’s Trick Star made a good attempt, but were ultimately thwarted by the limitations of their test track. Now, we don’t know where this was filmed, but we know that the Turkish rider, and former SuperSport World Champion, Kenan Sofuoğlu, has waltzed his way into the record books.
To give some perspective, and since we’re fresh from the Mugello MotoGP, Ducati rider Andrea Iannone managed to beat his own previously held record of “World’s Fastest MotoGP Rider.” Iannone’s speed was clocked at an impressive 349.6 km/h (217.3 mph). And before the days of Iannone, Dani Pedrosa once held the title, riding his Honda to 349.28 km/h (217.07 mph) back in 2009, and also at Mugello.
If you wanted to buy a MotoGP prototype racer, which you couldn’t, it would set you back millions of dollars. The Kawasaki H2R, on the other hand, is available for all to buy and with a relatively cheap pricetag – $50,000 USD. Again, you can’t really compare the two because a MotoGP bike may not pack the fastest straight line speed of the two, but it comes with sh*t loads of other cutting edge technology that more than make up for that. However, we wouldn’t mind seeing some kind of one off exhibition race between the two, just to see what would happen.
If that can’t be arranged, we would happily settle for letting the guys at Trick Star Japan take their H2R for an outing around the Mugello circuit instead – a circuit that certainly wouldn’t restrict them from getting the results they want!