Upcoming Supercharged Kawasaki R2 Supercharged Leaked

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Honda isn’t the only one to bring something special on the market next year. Rumors about more supercharged Kawasaki machines being in preparation are quite old, but today they got confirmed by these patent images of the R2, as the engineers refer to it.
According to the MoreBikes website that leaked the information, these are images from inside the Japanese factory’s legal department, having been used to register all the new elements of the new R2 bike.

As expected, the R2 is the smaller, more friendly version of the mighty Kawasaki H2R. As another picture shows, the bike will use a trellis frame and will feature the same turbocharging technology as seen on the big sportbike.

Design wise, the R2 looks to blend styling cues of the current ZX-6R and the H2R. The suspension seems to be carried away too but has a slimmer, more standard-looking swingarm.

The exhaust has been relocated under the tail to make the side profile sleeker, and you can also notice the fuel tank has been elongated under the rider’s seat to make more room for the supercharger unit and air intake ducts that are piped through from the front of the fairing.

Kawasaki also trademarked the Ninja R2 name in Europe last year, which totally confirms the new naming scheme and the supercharged bike getting into production soon. Our guess is the new R2 could be seen at this year’s EICMA show in Milan this November so keep in touch with us for more details.

Turbo and supercharged motorcycle engines seem to become once more popular, especially as Suzuki is also eyeing delivering a production version for their Recursion, and we have reasons to believe that more manufacturers are at least considering adding forced induction engines to their line-up.
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