What It Is: The fastest, most powerful Ninja ever built by Kawasaki.
Why We Like It: Kawasaki Heavy Industries is a multinational behemoth with a widely known division that builds motorcycles. While that giant wasn’t exactly sleeping, its most recent stirring has produced one of the wildest street-legal motorcycles we’ve ever seen: the Ninja H2. The 200-hp H2 can likely reach speeds of more than 200 mph, and includes a compact, bespoke supercharger, driven off the crankshaft, which is built to ram explosive fuel and air into hungry combustion chambers and create a quick series of big bangs. With Department of Defense–style bodywork, it’s crafted by wind-tunnel geniuses to cut through the atmosphere at higher speeds. And like a fighter plane, the H2 has an interconnected series of sensors and computers to keep it all from getting out of hand when you’re out on the road.
Right now, there’s nothing else like the H2 being produced by any respectable company. KHI tapped into a variety of its corporate divisions, from its gas turbine works to its aerospace company, and gave many of its best number-crunching boffins the special assignment of collectively creating this two-wheeled beast. The result is a very fast rolling piece of art. After all, there’s no single purpose for this ride other than to blow our minds just because it can.
Nitpick: It’s a bit heavy, with a curb weight of 525 pounds, ready to roll, some 80 pounds more than Kawasaki’s other 1-liter supersport, the ZX-10R.
[From $25,000; kawasaki.com]