Wendover Utah - Kawasaki’s (very) limited-edition 147kW, 998cc electrically supercharged H2 is not a sports-bike, it’s a post-millennial muscle-bike. At 240 kilograms wet it’s heavy for a litre-class machine, and that weight is a little too high up, making its handling in tight corners a little slow.
But what it is eminently suited for, is straightlining. It’s surprisingly stable in a straight line, given its compact 1450mm wheelbase, and factory-tuned examples have been timed at more than 400km/h on closed public roads.
Because there isn’t a racetrack in the world with a straight long enough to get up that kind of speed.
Kawasaki’s factory-supported Team 38 will be back at the Bonneville Salt Flats on the border between of Utah and Nevada for Speed Week 2018 with a specially prepared H2, chasing a new world speed record - although the team won’t say in which class, or what number they’re aiming for.