Kawasaki Taking Ninja H2R To Bonneville

Kawasaki Taking Ninja H2R To Bonneville

Kawasaki’s Team 38 is planning on taking a modified Ninja H2R to the 2016 Bonneville Speed Week event to show off the machine’s ground-breaking speed.

The bike will run a standard engine (it’s fast enough isn’t it?) but has the upper and lower wings removed, the front fairing modified to be a fully flat surface and has an oversized front fender.

Kawasaki Taking Ninja H2R To BonnevilleIt also has a modified chain cover to meet event regulations, a modified rear sprocket and aftermarket Dunlop Sportmax GP-A Pro tyres.

Kawasaki had planned on running the bike at Bonneville last year but because of adverse weather conditions, water had submerged part of the course and the event had to be cancelled.

The team took the bike to the “Mojave Mile” event instead, and although the bike reached a top speed of 348.2 km/h, the team felt the limited distance left a lot of the Ninja H2R’s power untapped.

This year, the Bonneville Speed Week course will be 8 km long, and Team 38 feels the longer run will give the Ninja H2R a chance to show its full capabilities.

Bonneville Speed Week is the world’s most well-known and influential top-speed contest.

The event is held on a massive dry salt lake in Utah that has been the birthplace of many a legend in the world of motorsports, including Burt Munro’s famous record run in 1967 that was portrayed in the movie “The World’s Fastest Indian”.

This year’s event will take place from 13th to 19th August.

Team 38 began when a group of like-minded Kawasaki employees and test riders got together to form a privateer racing team in 1975.

The team’s name came from the place where the employees worked - the Experimental Technology Department’s building, Number 38, at the Kawasaki Heavy Industries Akashi Works plant.

The team’s rider is 46 year old Shigeru Yamashita.

He was hired by Kawasaki Heavy Industries as a test rider in the Experimental Technology Department in 1989.

He has 27 years experience as a Kawasaki test rider, and has entered the prestigious Suzuka 8-Hour Endurance Race nine times.

About the author

Steve McDowall

Steve is the team’s motorcycle writer and contributes to the podcast each week. He started his “on air” career as a guest on 4BC where he met Joel, and has been with Behind the Wheel now for over 6 years. Steve’s fascination for anything with wheels and an engine started as a child and even though he still loves his cars, he found his true passion was with motorcycles. He is also an accredited rider trainer, consultant and coach. Check out Steve’s website – motorcyclelife.com.au

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