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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #25 on: March 28, 2018, 12:11:27 pm »
Well I was wrong again. I picked up the SX SE today! What a bike! Yeah definitely more on the sport side than the touring side and I love it! Took it very easy riding a brand new bike on brand new tires and will get a lot more miles on it as the days go by. 1st impressions are out of sight!

Cool...keep us informed.   I would put the C14 directly in the middle of the Sport / Touring equation.   Doing both very good but not the best in sport or touring, but a good compromise.   It looks like the SX SE is more sport oriented than touring.  The aftermarket will be designing and selling items  to make it more sport or more touring, which ever one wants I'm sure.   Nice bike.

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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #26 on: March 29, 2018, 10:54:05 pm »
What a beast! This thing has pull all day long. 4th gear roll on sucks your eye balls back in your head! This bike is 100% more sport or as it's advertised HyperSport-Touring orientated. I'm leaning over more in the saddle and I do miss my stock C14 wind shield. A larger windshield or one of those little add-on's for the top of the windshield would be fine. The quick shifter works flawlessly. Full power up shifts and take your hand off the throttle and you can downshift smooth as silk too. The past two days it's been rainy and wet. The bike has 3 power modes and 3 traction control modes. Comes in very handy to tone things down on days like this. This bike is not for everyone but if you're already reaching for more of the sport side than the C14 can give you then this is the bike.
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2018, 05:14:39 pm »
just curious does the H2 SX have a spot for a rear rack, could a trunk be added? Have you ridden with a passenger and if so was there a comparison between it and the c14?

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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #28 on: March 30, 2018, 09:38:46 pm »
Congrats man, so sweet!! Post up some pics!

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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2018, 10:52:19 pm »
just curious does the H2 SX have a spot for a rear rack, could a trunk be added? Have you ridden with a passenger and if so was there a comparison between it and the c14?

No spot for a rear rack and no stock rack at all. I'm hoping for aftermarket stuff soon... ish... But being brand spanking new I'm making due with the side bags. The rear does look very similar to my son's old Versys 650. I'm sure Givi will have something for a tail bag soon. 

No passenger yet and I'm not rushing it. I'm still getting used to a very different bike. When I'm 100% comfy in it I'll start risking the lives of my loved ones :)


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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #30 on: March 30, 2018, 10:55:26 pm »
Congrats man, so sweet!! Post up some pics!

 :72: :popcorn: :TPIWWP:

Don't I know it!!! I got the bike Tuesday evening and it's rained one and off ever since... But here is what I have. I'm heading out on a 300 mile run tomorrow. Off to PA and back with some buddies. I'll get some better pics of it.
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #31 on: April 01, 2018, 01:37:08 pm »
One more :)
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #32 on: April 04, 2018, 01:14:28 am »
Nice! Great plate too! :great: :great:

Do you find it hard to ride slow?
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #33 on: April 04, 2018, 09:52:39 am »
Nice! Great plate too! :great: :great:

Do you find it hard to ride slow?

Nope. Not at all. Slow speed parking lot, U turns and general in town maneuvering was all very good and better than my C14. Last Saturday coming back from PA I was in heavy traffic and it was also well behaved.
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #34 on: April 04, 2018, 01:04:50 pm »
It still has paint on the tires...  Man....  Aw man...  Enjoy.   :great:
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #35 on: April 04, 2018, 03:21:55 pm »
Revzilla recently did a first ride report that was fairly comprehensive.  Someone mentioned a snatchy throttle but the three power modes address that o your liking according to the article. When you are in full tilt boogie mode there was mention of a more binary throttle response that took getting used to, but power level 2 smoothed that out.
From Revzilla: "The Kaw’s power is also electronically adjustable, with three levels. This isn’t your standard “rain mode gives you a completely numb throttle” setup. Instead, there are very fine gradients between the power settings and sensitivity levels, which was appreciated. Similarly, engine braking can be controlled, with either a normal or “light” setup. I found the most aggressive throttle to be just a leetle bit twitchy when adding maintenance throttle. I found that switching to light engine braking allowed me to stay on the gas for longer, which smoothed things out. Interestingly, at least one of my colleagues dialed the power setting back, left the standard engine braking, and was then happy with the throttle’s reduced snatchiness. Different ways to skin a cat, but the fact there were multiple ways to fine-tune power delivery was welcome."

https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/2018-kawasaki-h2-sx-se-first-ride-motorcycle-review
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #36 on: April 04, 2018, 11:02:17 pm »
It still has paint on the tires...  Man....  Aw man...  Enjoy.   :great:

That was at the dealer :) Paint is gone!
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #37 on: April 04, 2018, 11:04:51 pm »
Revzilla recently did a first ride report that was fairly comprehensive.  Someone mentioned a snatchy throttle but the three power modes address that o your liking according to the article. When you are in full tilt boogie mode there was mention of a more binary throttle response that took getting used to, but power level 2 smoothed that out.
From Revzilla: "The Kaw’s power is also electronically adjustable, with three levels. This isn’t your standard “rain mode gives you a completely numb throttle” setup. Instead, there are very fine gradients between the power settings and sensitivity levels, which was appreciated. Similarly, engine braking can be controlled, with either a normal or “light” setup. I found the most aggressive throttle to be just a leetle bit twitchy when adding maintenance throttle. I found that switching to light engine braking allowed me to stay on the gas for longer, which smoothed things out. Interestingly, at least one of my colleagues dialed the power setting back, left the standard engine braking, and was then happy with the throttle’s reduced snatchiness. Different ways to skin a cat, but the fact there were multiple ways to fine-tune power delivery was welcome."

https://www.revzilla.com/common-tread/2018-kawasaki-h2-sx-se-first-ride-motorcycle-review

All new bikes are "snatchy" because it's basically an on off button to comply with the tougher E4 standards. Who wants to ride with only 75% power? Nah.... This is something Steve's flash takes care of on the C14's and it's something a good flash will take care of on this bike too.

I like the low powermode and traction control options when riding in the wet. When it's dry it's running on all cylinders :)
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #38 on: May 26, 2018, 06:33:02 pm »
There are few motorcycles that make the C14 a gutless POS

The H2 SE/X is definitely, one of the few

It's power, F 1, is totally insane!
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #39 on: May 27, 2018, 12:05:02 am »
Interesting bike, but nothing I'd consider buying.

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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #40 on: May 27, 2018, 01:40:31 am »
just curious does the H2 SX have a spot for a rear rack, could a trunk be added? Have you ridden with a passenger and if so was there a comparison between it and the c14?

You're not going to put a trunk on that beautiful bike are you ? That would just look goofy .
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #41 on: May 31, 2018, 04:47:52 am »
Just a heads up. The H2 uses a "different" oil filter part number.
And as of today they are on back order in the Midwest for 10-15 days >:(
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #42 on: June 02, 2018, 08:42:25 pm »
Quick update. I just rolled over 3000 miles. My stock rubber is done. Putting Angel GT's on it this week. Loving the bike. My 6.2 260Lb frame is fine on the bike. I'm comfortable for everything being stock. I have no desire to lower pegs or raise the bars. I will probably look into an after market seat when one becomes available. I do need to address wind protection before the winter riding season. I miss my KPASS! I also miss TPMS. For all the electronic wizardry this bike has something simple like TPMS was overlooked. Performance is unbelievable. Right now it's making 200HP at the crank and they say about 175 to the rear wheel. The few people working on a flash for this thing are getting between 210 and 220 to the rear wheel with just a new air filter and flash. I'm still getting used to all the power this is making now! If you want HYPER-SPORTTouring stop debating Shoodaben and Ivan. Neither will give your C14 what this will give you right out of the box.
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #43 on: June 02, 2018, 10:10:44 pm »
Quick update. I just rolled over 3000 miles. My stock rubber is done. Putting Angel GT's on it this week. Loving the bike. My 6.2 260Lb frame is fine on the bike. I'm comfortable for everything being stock. I have no desire to lower pegs or raise the bars. I will probably look into an after market seat when one becomes available. I do need to address wind protection before the winter riding season. I miss my KPASS! I also miss TPMS. For all the electronic wizardry this bike has something simple like TPMS was overlooked. Performance is unbelievable. Right now it's making 200HP at the crank and they say about 175 to the rear wheel. The few people working on a flash for this thing are getting between 210 and 220 to the rear wheel with just a new air filter and flash. I'm still getting used to all the power this is making now! If you want HYPER-SPORTTouring stop debating Shoodaben and Ivan. Neither will give your C14 what this will give you right out of the box.

FYI - There are aftermarket TPMS devices. Quite a few actually.

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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #44 on: June 02, 2018, 11:20:58 pm »
Hey, what's up Kevin? Glad to see you are out giving that bike a good whoopin. What do you miss about KPASS?

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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #45 on: June 03, 2018, 01:19:26 pm »
Quick update. I just rolled over 3000 miles. My stock rubber is done. Putting Angel GT's on it this week. Loving the bike. My 6.2 260Lb frame is fine on the bike. I'm comfortable for everything being stock. I have no desire to lower pegs or raise the bars. I will probably look into an after market seat when one becomes available. I do need to address wind protection before the winter riding season. I miss my KPASS! I also miss TPMS. For all the electronic wizardry this bike has something simple like TPMS was overlooked. Performance is unbelievable. Right now it's making 200HP at the crank and they say about 175 to the rear wheel. The few people working on a flash for this thing are getting between 210 and 220 to the rear wheel with just a new air filter and flash. I'm still getting used to all the power this is making now! If you want HYPER-SPORTTouring stop debating Shoodaben and Ivan. Neither will give your C14 what this will give you right out of the box.

Wow, congrats Kev on so much seat time already, that's awesome! If you plan to add a GPS, the Garmin TPS are pretty cool and bluetooth to the Zumo, I run them on my VFR with my Zumo 595, work great.

Enjoy that new beast, so jealous!  :great:
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #46 on: June 05, 2018, 07:46:08 am »
Kevin; I remember you telling me how important it was to watch the tire changing videos. How it made the whole process so easy. Now if only Jr. would agree........ Good luck with the GT's

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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #47 on: June 06, 2018, 03:54:32 pm »
Have a C14 and ZX14r.  The H2SX SE won't replace either in stock form for me right now, but I have seen the tuners are working with the H2SX motor and have found an additional 50hp with the stock exhaust retained, 171rwhp to 221rwhp.    That is what is interesting to me.

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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #48 on: June 22, 2018, 06:09:59 pm »
There are few motorcycles that make the C14 a gutless POS

The H2 SE/X is definitely, one of the few

It's power, F 1, is totally insane!

 I was looking at YouTube video's on the bike and saw this.
   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aLoZCWQyVI


In Europe, the compared the H2SX with a ZZR-1400.
  {I assume their ZZR-1400  is our ZX-14R}?

Anyway, they say the ZZR ran away from the H2SX as it is not the same power as a H2...

I'm not knocking Kevin's bike. Just posting info.
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Re: 2018 H2-SX
« Reply #49 on: June 25, 2018, 10:01:11 am »
I did pick up an after market TPMS and it's installed with my brand new set of Angel GT's. Works great and as a bonus it also does tire temp.

What do I miss about KPAss… Considering the last 3 cars I've owned were keyless it's all about convenience. Why pump out a $22,000 technological marvel like the H2 SX and skip TPMS and Kpass?
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