Over the holiday period I was given this dark monster to ‘play’ with and I came away with mixed emotions for reasons I’ll get into later. It’s called the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX if you didn’t know and it is, without doubt, the quickest and fastest sports tourer ever made!
Bike launches are a thing a beauty. You’re whisked away to exotic settings, wined and dined at lavish restaurants, all to sway one’s opinion on the said new shiny motorcycle. But placing the product into the intended environment is key to showing off the best attributes of the motorcycle. So does the BMW F750GS and F850GS have more to offer than the splendour of an all-expenses paid launch, or is it just more of the same?
Retro is the word in motorcycling at the moment. All manufacturers are fiddling with them in one way or another; even Suzuki has joined in with their take on the Katana from the eighties. BMW, on the other glove, has been at it for a while with their classic styled R nineT range and here’s the one I haven’t tried, until now.
For many years I’ve been one of the biggest fans of the Suzuki V-Stroms (1000 and 650 of course) having covered many happy and trouble-free kilometers on both. So I was more than keen to ride this little maroon offering to see if it could carry on that name or hide away in shame.