KLX230 SE and Versys 650 Lead Kawasaki’s Latest 2022 Machine Release – RM Rider Exchange

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Kawasaki continued their two-part new machine release for 2022 with the unveiling of the new KLX230 SE and Versys 650 with traction control.

Like the KLX230 that was recently announced, the KLX230 SE comes ready to tackle the trails stock. That said, some extra accessories on the special edition version give it an extra edge:

  • NEW Hand guards
  • NEW Tapered handlebar
  • NEW Skid plate
  • NEW Frame covers
  • NEW Black coated rims
  • NEW Special Edition color and graphics

The tapered handlebar improves rider comfort, its flex acting as a shock absorber on rougher terrain. The new frame covers are constructed from durable plastic to reduce scuffing and damage.

The Versys 650 returns for 2022 with the popular Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC). It’s the first time a Versys 650 model has boasted the advanced system. KTRC provides enhanced performance and greater confidence by acting before the bike can slip and lose traction. Along with new instrumentation color, the Versys 650 and Versys 650 LT are completely refreshed for the new year.

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The KLX230SE and Versys 650, along with the updated Ninja H2 SX SE, are being made available to Kawasaki dealers around the country. For more information on pricing and availability, contact your local Kawasaki dealer here. For more information on the updated machines, see their respective press releases below.


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Official Kawasaki Press Releases

2022 Kawasaki KLX®230 SE Dual-Sport Motorcycle

The Kawasaki KLX®230 returns for 2022 accompanied by the new 2022 KLX®230 SE (special edition) dual-sport motorcycle. The KLX230 SE is purpose built for serious fun on the street and in the dirt; with its engine, frame, and suspension designed to inspire confidence. Just like the KLX230 dual-sport, the KLX230 SE takes cues from the KX™ motorcross line and Kawasaki’s racing heritage to deliver a dual-sport motorcycle that has been designed to enable riders to get out of town while enjoying the trails with confidence.

The KLX230 SE comes standard with all the great features of the KLX230 as well as several Kawasaki Genuine Accessories upgrades that give it a special appearance while adding to the overall ride experience. Upgrades include the addition of handguards, skid plate, frame covers, tapered handlebar set as well as black rims, and unique color and graphics.


  • NEW Hand guards
  • NEW Tapered handlebar
  • NEW Skid plate
  • NEW Frame covers
  • NEW Black coated rims
  • NEW Special Edition color and graphics

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Several Kawasaki Genuine Accessories offered for the KLX®230 motorcycle can now be found as standard equipment on the KLX®230 SE. A tapered handlebar set helps improve ride comfort with its 1-1/8” steel-clamping diameter that tapers to a narrower grip area. This allows controlled flex that acts as a kind of shock absorber for the hands and arms to reduce fatigue and add comfort. The handlebar has also been fitted with a hand guards that help protect the rider’s hands from debris and weather.

Durable frame covers are constructed from plastic and help provide scuff protection for the chassis side rails. A skid plate has been mounted to provide full coverage protection of the chassis bottom rails and includes an oil drain hole to allow oil to be changed without the need for removal. Black finished front and rear wheel rims replace the silver rims found on the KLX230 for an aggressive look that is complemented by the special edition color and graphics.


The four-stroke air-cooled single cylinder engine offers smooth, reliable and durable performance in a compact package. The engine has a bore and stroke of 67.0 x 66.0 mm, with a displacement of 233 cc. The long-stroke offers robust low-mid range torque for smooth and easy handling. A simple SOHC two-valve design was chosen for its easy-to-use power character and reliability.

Fuel injection ensures consistent fuel delivery regardless of outside air temperature or elevation. An electric starter makes starting easy with the push of a button, whether the engine is hot or cold, and contributes to clean emissions. The fuel injection system utilizes a 32 mm throttle body, which delivers precise response. Exhaust pipe length was selected to contribute to the engine’s low-mid range performance. To match the strong off-road image of the KX™-inspired bodywork, the exhaust features a tapered silencer with an oval cross-section.

A smooth-shifting six-speed transmission covers a wide range of street-riding conditions and allows for more comfortable cruising on the highway, while also effective when trail riding. A 45/14 final gear ratio was selected for an ideal balance for both road and trail riding.

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Designed from the start for off-road and street riding, the high-tensile steel perimeter frame offers the optimal handling needed for enjoyable riding in a wide range of environments. The engine and frame were designed together, which helped engineers achieve a low engine height, ideal chassis rigidity balance, and a low center of gravity, all in a compact chassis. The short 54.3” wheelbase combined with the high 10.4” ground clearance contributes to the bike’s maneuverability, allowing riders to more comfortably navigate the trail.

A 37 mm diameter telescopic fork handles suspension duties up front; equipped with 8.7” of travel, the suspension offers controllability on a variety of terrain. At the rear, the new Uni-Trak® suspension with 8.8” of wheel travel provides a more planted feel and great bump absorption. The single rear shock absorber with pressurized nitrogen gas is adjustable for preload, allowing riders to set the bike up for their weight or a passenger.


Full-size aluminum wheels, measuring 21” at the front and 18” at the rear, make it easier to overcome obstacles encountered on trails, contributing to exciting trail-riding performance.

The KLX®230 SE motorcycle comes equipped with petal disc brakes, front and rear, which provide ample stopping power. A 240 mm front disc gripped by a twin-piston caliper offers strong, easy-to-control braking. Slowing the rear, a single-piston caliper grips a 220 mm disc.

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The frame, seat, and tank of the KLX®230 SE motorcycle were designed with a combination of form and function in mind, making the frame easy to grip with the legs, offering superior chassis control. Thanks to the compact design of the KLX230 SE, a low seat height of 34.8” was achieved.

Similar to the lineup of KX™ motorcycles, the flat design of the tank and seat gives the rider greater freedom of movement when changing riding positions and facilitates sitting farther forward. In addition to trail riding, cruising comfort was also a consideration when deciding the seat shape and thickness. The seams between the shrouds, seat and side covers all fit flush, making it much easier for the rider to move around on the bike.


The KLX®230 SE takes its styling cues from Kawasaki’s line of KX™ motocross motorcycles, giving the bike an agile, aggressive look to match its trail-riding prowess. A two-gallon fuel tank allows the “Good Times™” to keep rolling over the course of a long day. Brightness was a priority when designing the headlamp of the KLX230 SE; the large-size 60/55 watt lamp offers excellent illumination. A pair of passenger footpegs enables easy two-up riding. The KLX230 SE motorcycle is also equipped with a lockable toolbox compartment, located in the left side cover for quick, on-the-spot maintenance jobs. The toolbox utilizes the Kawasaki One-Key System, which means that the side cover panel is conveniently unlocked with the ignition key. An all-digital instrument panel offers at-a-glance information care of a large, easy-to-read LCD display screen. Features include: speedometer, odometer, dual-trip meters, fuel gauge, clock, and indicator lamps.

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The 2022 KLX®230 SE is available in Oriental Blue and Firecracker Red with an MSRP of $4,999. The 2022 KLX®230 is available in Lime Green with an MSRP of $4,799.

2022 Kawasaki Versys® 650 & Versys® 650 LT Motorcycles

The Kawasaki Versys® line of motorcycles was developed for people who have an adventurous spirit and seek out opportunities to explore the world we live in. Whether it’s reaching a remote corner of the world, devouring highway miles or commuting through the city, the passenger-friendly Versys motorcycles provide the ultimate platform for your next adventure or navigating through those long commutes.

The widely popular Versys® 650 and Versys® 650 LT return to Kawasaki’s lineup stronger than ever for 2022 with several upgrades including Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), new TFT Color Instrumentation with Smartphone Connectivity, sharper front cowl styling, LED headlight, and an adjustable windshield to ensure you enjoy every ride.

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The Versys 650 and Versys 650 LT are ready to take on any road, any time for your next adventure with their long-travel suspension, proven reliability, back-road capabilities, and superb fuel-efficiency. Having already solidified their place as fan favorites, the Versys 650 continues to be a top choice as the ultimate travel guide for riding enthusiasts who are looking for reliable performance and versatile fun.


  • NEW Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC)
  • NEW TFT Color Instrumentation with Smartphone Connectivity
  • NEW Sharper front cowl styling
  • NEW LED headlight
  • NEW 4-Way adjustable windshield
  • Slim, upright riding position
  • Sporty 17-inch cast aluminum wheels
  • Standard ABS


  • NEW Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC)

For the first time on a Versys 650, the 2022 model is equipped with Kawasaki’s advanced traction control system that allows for enhanced sport riding performance and greater rider confidence. The system looks at a variety of factors for an accurate, real-time picture of conditions and acts before slippage exceeds the range for optimal traction and rider confidence. Two modes allow riders to adjust the system’s settings to suit the riding conditions and rider’s preference. In Mode 1, which is the least intrusive, the system helps manage traction during cornering and facilitates acceleration out of corners. Mode 2 allows for earlier intervention and reduces engine output when excessive wheel spin is detected, allowing for the tire to get maximum grip. Riders also have the option to turn the traction control system off using the switch located on the handlebar.

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  • NEW TFT Color Instrumentation with Smartphone Connectivity
  • NEW Sharper front cowl styling
  • NEW LED headlights
  • NEW 4-Way adjustable windshield

A new 4.3” full-color all-digital TFT (thin-film transistor) instrument meter adorns the cockpit of the Versys 650 for model year 2022, giving the rider a high level of visibility during both day or night. The high-grade full color display features TFT technology, a selectable background color is offered (black or white) and the screen brightness automatically adjusts to suit available light. A wide variety of display functions are available and include a digital speedometer, digital bar-style tachometer, gear position indicator, shift lamp, fuel gauge, odometer, dual trip meters, current and average fuel consumption, remaining range, average speed, total time, coolant temperature, external air temperature, clock, battery voltage, Kawasaki service reminder, oil change reminder, and an Economical Riding Indicator. A Bluetooth® chip allows for connection to a compatible smartphone device and RIDEOLOGY THE APP*.

* RIDEOLOGY THE APP is not intended for use during vehicle operation. Only use RIDEOLOGY THE APP when the vehicle is not being operated and it is safe to do so.

All meter functions and traction control modes can be easily controlled with switches located on the left side of the handlebar.

Taking after its larger Versys 1000® brethren, the Versys 650 features sharp, flowing styling from the front of the motorcycle to the rear. The refreshed design of the upper cowling and surrounding bodywork updates the Versys 650 to the latest eye-catching Versys family look, and the sharp tail cowl reinforces the bike’s compact, sporty image. A redesigned under-cowl and the use of color and graphics on the gas tank and side covers add to the strong Versys family looks and create an appealing visual flow. New LED headlights add a modern and aggressive look to the front of the motorcycle, while an LED taillight gives the Versys a modern, sporty visual identity.

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Accompanying the redesigned upper cowl is a new windshield, offering increased wind protection and adding to the rider’s comfort, making the Versys 650 a highly capable touring partner. The stylish windshield features four positions for three inches of total adjustability, ranging from a sporty lower height to a taller wind protection height, to suit the rider’s preference. The four positions can be conveniently adjusted by hand using a release button below the TFT screen.


The dependable fuel-injected 649cc, parallel twin engine powers this light and nimble street motorcycle with its lively performance and smooth acceleration. Tuned for excellent torque, the engine inspires confidence for daily commuters and provides fun on weekend trips. The torquey twin delivers a deep ribbon of power in the low- and mid-range of the powerband, while also pulling vigorously to the top of the rev range.

The exhaust is tuned to enhance high-end RPM power, with matching ECU settings that optimize fuel economy. When combined with a large 5.5-gallon fuel tank, the fun-to-ride 2022 Kawasaki Versys 650 can enjoy extended periods between fill-ups.

Adding to the versatility of the motorcycle is its proven six-speed cassette style transmission that seamlessly shifts between the gears, enhancing maneuverability.

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Unique long-travel, high-tech suspension coupled with a comfortable riding position is critical to the multi-role mission of the Versys 650. Combine these qualities with a small, light and narrow frame and you have one of the most versatile bikes in Kawasaki’s motorcycle line-up.

In the front, the adjustable Showa fork increases rider confidence and comfort in all situations. It splits the damping and spring functions into separate fork tubes, giving the rider adjustability while the single spring also helps reduce weight. Longer outer fork tubes help to improve rigidity and provide the ultimate combination of light handling and supreme comfort. At the rear, a Showa shock allows riders to quickly make preload adjustments via the remote-mounted adjuster. This can compensate for cargo or passenger weight or be tuned to the rider’s preference.


The linear action ABS brake system comes as standard equipment and offers exellent performance and enhanced rider confidence in adverse conditions. Dual 300mm petal-style rotors with two-piston calipers in front and a single 220mm petal rotor with a single-piston caliper on the rear provide ample stopping power for the Versys 650, offering improved cooling and warp resistance compared to traditional brake discs. In fact, the same rotor design can be found on Kawasaki’s Ninja® supersport machines.

The Versys 650 features six-spoke cast aluminum wheels that are similar to the ones found on Ninja® ZX™-6R and ZX™-10R motorcycles, utilizing less material in between the spokes to reduce rim thickness and overall wheel weight. The lightweight wheels help to increase suspension performance, handling, acceleration, deceleration, and initial turn-in performance and come equipped with Dunlop Sportmax D222 tires for light handling and comfort.

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In addition to all of the Versys 650’s features, the Versys 650 LT comes equipped with hand guards that help protect the rider’s hands against weather and wind, and a 28-liter KQR™ hard saddlebag set with quick release capabilities that can be removed and installed without the use of tools and offers enough space to fit a full face helmet. The hard saddlebag set also utilizes Kawasaki’s One Key System to keep things as simple as possible with the use of the ignition key.


  • NEW USB outlet
  • NEW Tall Windshield
  • LED Auxiliary Light Set
  • KQR™ 28 Liter Hard Saddlebags
  • Engine Guards
  • Tank Pad

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A full range of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available at authorized Kawasaki dealers, allowing riders to further enhance the Versys 650 to better suit their preferences. Options for the Versys 650 and Versys 650 LT include a new USB outlet with dual covers for high water resistance, engine guards, a tank pad, windshield kit that is lower for better wind resistance, a LED auxiliary light set, hand covers, a meter cover, a GPS navigation bracket, oil filler caps, hard saddlebag sets and fitting kits, and top case sets and fitting kits.

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The 2022 Versys® 650 motorcycle is available in Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black with an MSRP of $8,899 or Candy Lime Green/Metallic Flat Spark Black/Metallic Spark Black with an MSRP of $9,099.

The 2022 Versys® 650 LT motorcycle is available in Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Flat Spark Black with an MSRP of $9,999.

A 12-month limited warranty is included with the Versys 650, while the Versys 650 LT features a 24-month limited warranty. Additionally, the Kawasaki Protection Plus™ plan (KPP) offers comprehensive coverage to extend the factory warranty and is available for purchase.

2022 Kawasaki Ninja H2® SX SE Motorcycle

The Kawasaki Ninja H2® models are a testament to Kawasaki’s pursuit of innovation, performance, and passion for creating the world’s most advanced line of supercharged motorcycles. For 2022, the Ninja H2® SX SE motorcycle returns to Kawasaki’s hypersport lineup, new and improved by blending performance and ultimate real-world handling with Kawasaki’s most advanced suite of rider assist technologies to date.

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The Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE brings the latest in electronically controlled suspension, braking, and rider aid technologies to the supercharged hyperbike platform, making it the ultimate sport touring package. The Ninja H2 SX SE is powered by an exhilarating unique balanced supercharged 998cc inline four-cylinder engine, which utilizes Kawasaki’s knowledge of precision engine tuning to distribute power to where it is most useful, in the low to mid-range for both long distance touring and daily riding. With this powerful engine at its core, Kawasaki has created one of the most advanced and well-balanced motorcycles in performance, comfort, and efficiency, to expand your supercharged journey.

Developed with the ability to go above and beyond the daily applications of today’s sportbike rider, the Ninja H2 SX SE is Kawasaki’s most advanced sport tourer ever and utilizes a balanced supercharged engine that offers optimal output performance in the low to mid RPM range, all while achieving excellent fuel efficiency. This highly refined package offers an unrivaled level of performance and comfort, with agile handling akin to its superbike counterparts.

New for 2022, the Ninja H2 SX SE features updated styling through a new headlight and upper cowl, Advanced Rider Assist System (ARAS) with Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Forward Collision Warning (FCW), and Blind Spot Detection (BSD), wider rider and passenger seats for comfort, 6.5” TFT Color Instrumentation with Kawasaki’s new Smartphone-based Infotainment app (SPIN), Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), Vehicle Hold Assist (VHA), Kawasaki Electronically Controlled Suspension (KECS) with Skyhook technology, and Kawasaki Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System(KIPASS) remote key fob.

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  • NEW Headlight and upper cowl styling
  • NEW Advanced Rider Assist System (ARAS)
  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD)
  • NEW Wider seats for increased comfort
  • NEW 6.5” TFT Color Instrumentation with a Smartphone-based Infotainment app (SPIN)
  • NEW Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
  • NEW Vehicle Hold Assist (VHA)
  • NEW Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) with Showa Skyhook EERA technology
  • NEW Kawasaki Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System (KIPASS) remote key fob
  • NEW USB-style power outlet
  • NEW Grip heaters


  • NEW Revised cam timing
  • NEW Exhaust silencer
  • NEW Elimination of exhaust pre-silencer
  • NEW Revised second gear
  • NEW Optimized hydraulic clutch fluid volume

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A supercharged 998cc inline four-cylinder engine is designed to deliver both power and fuel efficiency on the 2022 Ninja H2® SX SE, focusing on low-mid range power delivery with exhilarating acceleration that prioritizes everyday usability in street-riding conditions. New for 2022 is a resin silencer that has been added to the secondary air inlet to reduce mechanical (intake) noise. Revised cam timing contributes to increased overall engine performance. The elimination of the exhaust’s pre-silencer chamber allows greater freedom with the new exhaust layout that features a longer collector pipe, increased catalyser volume, and a larger silencer. The new straight-pipe style layout delivers improved torque to benefit everyday ride ability.

A dog-ring transmission facilitates smooth, quick shifting and the number of gear teeth for second gear have been revised in order to minimize resonance when the gears mesh. Adding ribs to the inside of the clutch cover increases its stiffness, further helping to reduce mechanical noise. A hydraulic assist and slipper clutch offers light lever operation. The volume of the hydraulic fluid routed to the clutch plates has been revised and offers improved clutch release. As a result, the shift load due to the plates dragging can be minimized, an improvement that is noticeable when stopped, and it’s easier to shift into neutral.


  • NEW 6.5” TFT Color Instrumentation with a Smartphone-based Infotainment app (SPIN)

A large, easy-to-read 6.5” full-color TFT instrumentation screen adds a high-tech appearance to the cockpit. The new TFT instrumentation is complemented by multiple display modes (black, white or automatic) and smartphone connectivity as well as compatibility with Kawasaki SPIN to offer riders a wide range of information. The home screen display is divided into three areas, upper, middle, and lower. Display functions in the upper area include integrated riding mode, gear position indicator, distance setting indicator, ACC indicator, tachometer, Kawasaki Quick Shift (KQS) indicator, Kawasaki Engine Brake Control (KEBC) indicator, and a multifunction gauge that visually shows the boost pressure plus the rider’s choice of throttle application, front brake pressure or G-force. The middle area display functions include a large digital speedometer, cornering light indicator, service indicator, VHA indicator, and economical riding indicator. In the lower area, a multifunction display allows riders to scroll through functions such as odometer, dual trip meters, bank angle display and bank angle recording function, tire pressure, boost pressure, boost temperature, current and average fuel consumption, remaining range, average speed, total time, and battery voltage. Additional display functions that can also be accessed include fuel gauge, KECS preload mode, outside temperature, ice warning, connected device indicator, and clock and coolant temperature.

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Also new for 2022 is the addition of Kawasaki’s new smartphone-based infotainment app (SPIN) that enables various third party applications to be downloaded and mirrored on the cockpits TFT display. Basic functions available in the app include telephone, map display, music, calendar, and contacts. Additionally, riders can opt to download third party apps to add to their Kawasaki SPIN library to be able to interact with them on the TFT display. Available apps include Sygic (navigation), SENA (headset communication), and more.

Using Kawasaki SPIN provides riders access to several great functions, including:

  • Vehicle Info: information such as fuel gauge, odometer, maintenance schedule, which can all be viewed via the smartphone
  • Riding Log: GPS route information as well as vehicle running information can be logged and viewed via the smartphone
  • Telephone Notices: when a call or mail is received by the smartphone, this is indicated on the instrument display


  • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC)
  • Forward Collision Warning (FCW)
  • Blind Spot Detection (BSD)

The Ninja H2® SX SE motorcycle has always boasted the latest cutting-edge technology, and for 2022 it’s no different with the addition of Bosch’s Advanced Rider Assist System (ARAS) that features surround-sensing functions based on radar sensors that generates a more relaxed riding experience. Oftentimes, riding in heavy traffic and maintaining the correct distance to the vehicle in front takes a great deal of concentration and can become strenuous over longer periods. Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) maintains the speed set by the rider but adjusts the vehicle speed to maintain a suitable following distance from the vehicle in front. When the system is operating, a signal is shown on the instrument panel, including the symbol showing green when following a vehicle ahead and grey when there is no vehicle ahead. Once operational speed gets to a certain point, which varies in each gear, the system will disengage, and the rider will need to operate the brakes manually. Pressing the cruise control button on the left side of the handlebar turns the system off. Operating the brakes or engaging the clutch for several seconds causes ACC to be temporarily disengaged and closing the throttle completely will also disengage the system. Accelerating (throttle override) or shifting gears (as long as the new gear’s minimum operation speed is met) does not disengage the system unless the maximum speed allowed is reached.

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Bosch’s development of Forward Collision Warning (FCW) was designed to reduce the risk of a rear-end collision or to mitigate its consequences through front-facing radar sensor monitors. The system is active as soon as the vehicle starts, and it supports the rider in all relevant speed ranges. If the system detects that another vehicle is in too close of range, and the rider does not react to the situation, it warns the rider with a bright flashing red LED light above the instrument panel and a warning is also shown on the TFT display. Riders can set the alert timing according to preference with options including early, medium or late. FCW can also be turned off, which will be indicated on the TFT display.

The Blind Spot Detection (BSD) function helps keep a lookout in all directions to assist motorcyclists with lane changes. A rear-facing radar sensor serves as the blind spot detection’s eye, registering objects in hard-to-see areas on both the left- and right-hand sides. When an approaching vehicle is detected, an LED built into the rearview mirror will illuminate, a first on a Kawasaki motorcycle. If a rider indicates the intent to change lanes by switching on the turn signal while a vehicle is detected in the blind spot, the mirror LED will flash. BSD can be turned off and will be indicated on the TFT display when doing so.


The addition of the Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) allows tire air pressure to continuously be monitored while riding, adding reassurance for the rider on long rides. Tire pressure sensors are used to alert the rider when tire pressure falls below 31.9 PSI through a low-pressure warning that is displayed on the TFT meter.


Activated when the rider has stopped and firmly applies the brake(s), Vehicle Hold Assist (VHA) engages the rear brake to allow the rider to relax the hand brake. The ABS pump exerts pressure to engage the rear brake, and a light/signal is indicated on the TFT meter to let the rider know the brake hand can be relaxed and the bike will remain in place. The system disengages automatically when the rider turns the throttle to accelerate, when the side stand goes down, or 10-minutes after activation. The rider can also disengage the system by quickly squeezing and releasing the brake lever (within 1 second).

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The Kawasaki Intelligent Proximity Activation Start System (KIPASS) master key system allows remote activation of the main switch and steering lock of the Ninja H2®SX SE motorcycle. The system offers increased convenience while acting as a deterrent to theft and vandalism. With the compact key fob in a pocket, the KIPASS sends out a signal that is picked up and recognized by the ECU. For added security, an immobilizer function is incorporated into the ignition system. As a flagship model, the key fob of the Ninja H2 SX SE is adorned with the Kawasaki River Mark.


The Ninja H2® SX SE becomes Kawasaki’s first model to integrate an FI-ECU with torque-demand capabilities and the new IMU measures in six degrees of freedom (DOF) with a compact, boost circuit-equipped ABS with high computational power. IMU enables inertia along 6 DOF to be monitored. With the new unit, acceleration along longitudinal transverse and vertical axes, plus roll rate, pitch rate and yaw rate are all measured. Feedback from the IMU is used to give clearer real-time picture of chassis orientation. With more sophisticated torque-demand capabilities, the new FI-ECU is able to adjust torque in response to external direction, which enables it to work in concert with the ABS. This coordinated control of both the engine and brakes is essential for delivering smooth operation in systems like the new ACC. A boost circuit capable of increasing fluid pressure at the brake calipers enables the brakes to be activated independent of direct rider input, which is required for the new ACC and VHA systems.


NEW Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension (KECS) with Showa Skyhook EERA technology

The Ninja H2® SX SE features KECS with Skyhook technology which helps support the motorcycle’s sprung weight and modulates the suspension damping force to allow the wheels to track road dips and bumps while maintaining the motorcycle’s vertical position with minimal disturbance. Combining high-level mechanical components with the latest electronic control technology, KECS offers both the suppleness to offer riding comfort in a wide range of riding situations, as well as the firm damping to facilitate sport riding. Handling the suspension duties is a sporty 43 mm inverted Showa cartridge fork and a high-spec Showa Balance Free Rear Cushion (BFRC) lite rear shock – similar to the rear suspension used on the Ninja® ZX™-10R sportbike, except it also features electronically adjustable preload.

Ninja H2 SX SE Suspension

In the BFRC lite shock, damping force is generated in an external Damping Force Chamber, and compression and rebound damping are generated independently, allowing the whole surface of the main piston to act as a pump, pushing oil towards the valves. This configuration also helps to suppress pressure balance fluctuations as a result of shock compression and extension.

Compression and rebound damping for both the forks and shock are generated (and adjusted) electronically via the KECS system that is controlled by a solenoid valve with direct actuation and allows for extremely quick reaction time. Riders can choose from four modes: Sport, Road, Rain, and Manual. KECS then adjusts to the road surface environment in real time to provide the ideal damping, considering vehicle speed, stroke speed and deceleration. Riders can electronically control the rear shock preload settings as well. KECS offers three different preload settings: rider only, rider with luggage, and rider with passenger and luggage. Riders can fine-tune these settings with 10 levels of adjustment for each.

The updated software incorporates Showa’s Skyhook EERA (Electronically Equipped Ride Adjustment) technology to deliver an even more composed ride. Showa’s Skyhook software, carefully fine-tuned by Kawasaki engineers to ensure the sporty riding character of the Ninja H2 SX SE was preserved, delivers a smoother ride as it continually adapts to the road surface in real time.

The forks and shock have built-in stroke sensors that provide real-time stroke speed and compression information. The sensor coils provide input to the KECS ECU every millisecond. This is complemented by information provided by the IMU (acceleration/deceleration) every 10 milliseconds and the FI ECU (vehicle speed) every 10 milliseconds. The KECS ECU then directs current to the solenoids to adjust damping as required by the situation.


  • NEW Upper and side cowls
  • NEW LED headlight
  • NEW Aerodynamic mirrors
  • NEW Supercharged emblems

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Sleek new lines give the Ninja H2® SX SE a sharper, more compact look, while maintaining its aggressive and seductive Ninja® image. The new front face design points to its supercharged roots and instantly communicates that it’s more than the ordinary sport touring machine. The new upper cowl features angular lines and a slim, compact impression even with the addition of the radar sensor, which is positioned below the headlight. The radar sensor sits behind a cover, specially designed to not interfere with the radar function. The Kawasaki River Mark emblem is proudly displayed on the upper cowl – a true reflection of the high-level performance, comfort, and quality that the Ninja H2 SX SE offers. Full fairing bodywork adds to the bike’s sporty image and helps to reduce heat that can be felt by the rider.

In order to match the new upper cowl, simple surfaces have been added to the side cowl and contribute to the new styling. The upper cowl is more compact to accommodate the front radar sensor, and a new LED headlight is positioned at the front of the upper cowl, contributing to the intense design. It features integrated position lamps that are crystal-like in appearance, adding a high-class touch. LED cornering lights are built into each side of the fairing in sets of three to help illuminate the road when cornering. New aerodynamically shaped mirrors offer a clear view of the rear, even when the Kawasaki Genuine Accessories 28 L hard saddlebag set is fitted, and feature single-bulb LED-type turn signals. Rear-facing radar is built into the rear fender, and like the front radar, is cleverly hidden by a specially designed cover. LED turn signals contribute to the bike’s high-quality image and a handcrafted two-color “Supercharged” emblem has been added to communicate the flagship status of the Ninja H2 SX SE.


  • NEW Wider seats for increased comfort
  • NEW USB-style power outlet
  • NEW Grip heaters
  • NEW Brembo front brake system

A new ergonomically designed front seat provides comfort for spending long hours in the saddle as well as accommodates position changes for sportier riding. Both rider and passenger seats are wider than previous models, and revised shapes, thickness and density all add to rider and passenger comfort. The wider rear seat features a flat surface at the front to help keep the passenger from sliding forward under braking. Under the rear seat, a new USB-type power outlet offers a convenient source for powering accessories or personal items. The riding position of the Ninja H2® SX SE offers a relaxed bend that is comfortable for in-town riding and long touring and features grip heaters to add to the comfort on cold days. The grip heater wiring is routed inside of the handlebar for a clean design. To match the handle-mounted Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) and grip heaters, a newly designed Brembo direct actuation front master cylinder is fitted.

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  • NEW Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tires

The Ninja H2® SX SE comes equipped with high-grade Brembo Stylema front calipers. The design of key sections allows stiffness to be maintained while enabling a direct connection to the piston area. The Stylema calipers quickly cool thanks to increased airflow around the brake pads, space around the pistons, and an opening that allows air to exit from the central bridge. The dual radial mount opposed 4-piston Stylema front calipers grip a pair of semi-floating 320 mm discs, which complement the technical innovation and premium quality of the Ninja H2 SX SE. New Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 tires provide a good balance of sport and touring performance.


All-inclusive modes that link KTRC, Power Mode and KECS allow riders to efficiently set traction control, power delivery, and suspension characteristics to suit a given riding situation. Riders can choose from four settings: Sport, Road, Rain or a Manual setting. In the manual rider mode, each of the systems can be set independently. The Sport setting enables riders to enjoy sporty handling riding. The Road setting provides comfortable riding characteristics over a wide range of situations, from city riding to highway cruising and rural roads. The Rain setting offers rider reassurance when riding on a low traction surface.


Kawasaki’s Highly Durable Paint features a special top coat that allows certain types of scratches to repair themselves, enabling the paint to maintain its high quality finish through normal wear and tear†. The self-healing is achieved through microscopic soft and hard segments within the top coat working like a chemical spring, creating a trampoline effect that absorbs many impacts.

† Notes:

  • 1. Recovery can take a week or longer.
  • 2. The paint will not recover in the case of scratches caused by a coin or key, or zip fasteners.

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  • NEW Premium high front seat
  • NEW Low front seat
  • NEW Color matched seat cowl
  • NEW Oil cap
  • NEW Helmet lock
  • NEW Clear 55 mm lower windshield

For 2022, several new Kawasaki Genuine Accessories are available for the Ninja H2® SX SE, including a high front seat, low front seat, color matched seat cowl, oil cap, helmet lock, and clear windshield that is 55 mm lower. Also returning to Kawasaki’s accessory list will be frame sliders, a 28 liter hard saddlebag set, bag fitting kit, color panel kit, trim set, and one key system.


The 2022 Ninja H2® SX SE is available in a Emerald Blazed Green/Metallic Diablo Black/Metallic Graphite Gray color scheme with an MSRP of $27,500.

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