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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #45 on: April 03, 2019, 10:12:12 am »
7.5k sevice is good, I agree.
Is there a 12 month service that kicks in if you're not keeping the mileage up?

Yes, it's 7500 miles OR 12 months, whichever is sooner. (I'll do two services a year so wasn't worried about 12 months!:D  )
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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #46 on: April 03, 2019, 10:32:39 am »
How is it for road presence David?

My R1150GS was so fwugly it scared even truckers out of the way, my blue and white K12S (with a flouro jacket and white helmet on top) was perceived by many to be plod and so the waves parted and my K13S in dark black is virtually invisible so no-one tries to kill me. I can't imagine riding a metallic kermit green space ship...

Also, what about the lights? You must have got time to evaluate them before the clocks went haywire!
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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #47 on: April 03, 2019, 10:48:49 am »
Road presence is good. The LED headlight seems to be visible, without being annoying, from a long way off and generally people react as you'd want them to. It's big enough to allow "command of the road" and to be perceived as a "big motorbike" by other road users. (Very like my K1300S MotorSport was.)

At a slight tangent, I used it in the dark for the first time on Monday morning. The cornering lights are definitely noticeable and help though were a little distracting at first. OK once I knew to ignore them. The headlight is OK, probably about the equal of the standard K1300S lights but not a patch on the HID conversion I had on all 3 of my Ks. The down side of the LED light is that the option to upgrade is now very limited. :(
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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #48 on: April 03, 2019, 10:54:33 pm »
That's great news regarding the increased service interval. And pretty nice that they're not sticking to the original just because they could. It also negates one of the two obvious criticisms/concerns/fondu I had... you know, ignoring the price :P.

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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #49 on: April 04, 2019, 11:16:11 am »
Weird about the LED lights David. The ones on my new S3 are stunning. Way better than the standard HID's on the old A6.

On the A417 north of Gloucester toward Ledbury, the bends come thick and very fast and I can make much progress along almost all of it on dip beam, that's how good they are. Fantastic throw and the only thing that main gives you is a better view of the scenery and enormous dazzle from the road signs. A couple of long straights allow/demand full beam but that's about it.

Maybe the duck would benefit from auxilliary lights.

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« Reply #50 on: April 17, 2019, 10:56:36 am »
So, I’m now 1400 miles in, fully run in, and enjoying the bike in the way it was intended. The prime use so far has been my commute from home to central London (75 miles each way) so the bike gets a daily run along country roads, A roads of all types, motorway and city.

Performance remains stunning. An occasional full throttle, full revs blast through the gears has me grinning from ear to ear. The K1300S is fast but this really is in a different league. The shorter wheelbase allows for a bit more front wheel lift and the traction control is excellent at managing that in a controlled and predictable fashion. Unlike the BMW system that simply cuts all power and dumps you back onto the tarmac with a thump.

Fuel consumption is almost exactly the same as the K1300S so that gives between 47 and 51mpg depending on how much fun I’ve been having. By default, I fill the bike with Tesco Momentum 99RON fuel. On one occasion, Tesco’s had run out of fuel and I had to fill with Esso 97RON. The difference in smoothness, especially in town, was noticeable. It wasn’t bad but it was noticeable that I needed more revs in the low range and the in-town off-on throttle changes were not as smooth.

In town, it’s excellent. While not actually any lighter, it feels lighter and has a much better turning circle than the K1300S. Balance is excellent and the slow speed pick-up to go for gaps etc. is brilliant. Also, the heated grips are in BMW league.

The front brake has now bedded in and is almost as good as the K1300S. The rear definitely feels like an optional extra not fitted. It’s rubbish, even struggling to hold the bike on slight inclines while waiting at red lights.

The other disappointment has been the seat. It is not in the same league as the BMW seat. After 90mins/75 miles, my bum has just about had enough. I really wouldn’t want to use it for a long, big mile day without my AirHawk. As it happens, a seat became available on eBay at a reasonable price so I bought that and currently have it with a local upholsterer who does bike seats, getting a gel pad fitted. I hope that will solve the problem although the AirHawk is there just in case.

So, all in all, I’m still extremely happy with the bike. It still is, in my opinion, one of only a small number of models that deliver a sports bike capable of two up, hard luggage, touring. Exactly where I felt the K1300s (and the K1200S, original K100RS, R100RS an R90S) were aimed. It’s not perfect, although nothing is, but it delivers fun, performance and capability in huge dollops and in a great package.

It’s still very early days yet but my feelings are that both component and build quality are at least as good as BMW, if not better

If you are looking for a replacement for your K1300S (or K1200S) and want a sports bike with touring capabilities rather than a touring bike with sports capabilities (FJR etc.) I’d definitely recommend getting a decent ride on one. While expensive, I don’t think the price is far off what a new K1300S would cost were such a beast available.

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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #51 on: April 17, 2019, 02:44:52 pm »
Sounds lovely David! Stop it please, make it sound worse!

Do you have a scotoiler set up? Sorry I forgot to check thread..

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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #52 on: April 17, 2019, 03:03:43 pm »
Yes Matt, I have the ScottOiler e system fitted. Way to early to know how good or bad it is or if chain use is the pain in the backside most shaft drive owners (me included) worry it will be.
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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #53 on: April 17, 2019, 03:59:32 pm »
If there was ever a bike built to stretch a chain, this is the one.

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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #54 on: April 17, 2019, 04:20:34 pm »
I have a paltry 600 miles on my wee Honda and about 100 ago the chain was as rusty as hell (not plated) and so stiff it was difficult to get the bottom run to flex so I could check the slack. It has been lubed, liberally, with Putoline 'O'-& 'X'-ring lube before and after every off-road ride and still it is a pain.

Mine isn't the only one in this condition so I decided to flash the cash and fit a Regina Gold 'X'-ring chain. When I split the old chain off I discovered, much to my surprise, that it was in fact a fairly decent DID 'O' ring jobby.

Welcome to the world of chains...

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Re: Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX SE
« Reply #55 on: April 17, 2019, 07:58:20 pm »
O-ring chains don’t like chain lube, particularly on dirt bikes. My CRF250X has done about 2000 miles, mostly off road and very muddy and the original chain is still fine. Never used chain lube, just wipe it with and oily rag (engine oil) to stop the surface rust after jet washing the mud off it. Maybe the solvent in chain lube attacks the o rings, maybe grease mixes with mud to form a grinding paste. Whatever the reason o ring chains last longer without chain lube.
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