In the continuous heavy rain, we will test KAWASAKI's latest two models with "electronically controlled shock absorbers" for everyone.
The latest SHOWA electronic shock absorber with amazing response speed, the station wagon Ninja H2 SX with a supercharged engine, and the ZX-10R super sports car (will be introduced later). What kind of chemical changes have occurred? Let us actually take a long-distance test ride and check it out for everyone!
The test rider Hiroshi Maruyama is a very familiar motorcycle expert. He once rode a motorcycle around Japan and likes to ride around. Now he is a YAMAHA FJR1300 owner, so he is There is a lot of interest in the models of the shock.
Comparison of brother models Ninja H2 SX SE+ vs SE
The 2019 Ninja H2 SX SE+ has a maximum horsepower of more than 200㎰. It is based on the wagon H2 SX SE equipped with a supercharged engine, plus electronic suspension, Brembo calipers, and smartphone connection. The premium station wagon is priced at 2,775,600 yen in Japan.
The 2018 Ninja H2 SX SE is equipped with a high-end version such as the windshield 55mm higher than the standard Ninja H2 SX, LED headlights, two-way electronic quick-discharge and color LCD screen. The second test car is a 2018 model and is priced at 2,397,600 yen in Japan.
SHOWA and KAWASAKI jointly developed the electronic control shock absorber KECS (Kawasaki Electronic ControlSuspension). Current electronic shock absorbers usually use motors to control damping, but KECS uses a faster-acting solenoid valve to achieve an astonishing response speed of 0.001 seconds, and is built into the stroke sensor to achieve correctness and accuracy. Fast control.
The perfection of SE+ makes people want to change the bike and ride
The magic item that changes the damping instantly according to the road conditions-electronically controlled shock absorbers, also known as semi-automatic suspension Hanging systems, this area has always been a standout among European and American brands such as Ohlins and Bosch. However, last year (2018), SHOWA became the first Japanese brand to develop an electronic shock absorber.
KAWASAKI first added an electronic shock absorber made by SHOWA to the ZX-10R, and launched the first "ZX-10R S"E", and later the top version "SE+" equipped with electronic shock absorbers was added to the Ninja H2 SX car series equipped with a supercharged engine.
This electronically controlled shock absorber "KECS" not only has a response speed of more than twice that of previous electronic shock absorbers, but also has excellent control accuracy, so the author is looking forward to a test ride Car models equipped with KECS have been released.
First, the test ride comparison between Ninja H2 SX SE+ and SE (the next article will test ride Ninja ZX-10R SE). Let me just start with the conclusion. SE+ is very good in terms of station wagons. I usually like to ride FJR1300 everywhere. Although it is now in service in 2014, it is already the fourth one. And the excellent performance of SE+ The author has already begun to seriously consider changing to a new car.
【High speed ridingRide] Excellent road shock absorption, and SE+ rides comfortably! Because of the heightened windshield and large fairing, the windproof effect of the two cars is very good. When cruising at a speed of 100km/h, the ride feeling of the SE+, which has very good bounce absorption on the road, is even worse.
Speaking of which, H2 SX is originally equipped with a unique supercharged engine, and has become a very attractive station wagon. For example, the body is more than the normal naturally aspirated parallel 4-cylinder engine. The lightness and the smoothness of the engine makes it refreshing to ride. It is quite gentle at low and medium speeds. After the speed exceeds 6000rpm, the supercharger will start to work and make the horsepower more powerful.
A higher level of universal station wagon
Ninja H2 SX SE+ has excellent throttle response and supercharged engineThe engine does not have a sense of delay, the body is also very light, and the feel of handling is even lighter than that of FJR1300, ZX-14R and HAYABUSA, which are also KAWASAKI. In terms of large station wagons, the feet landing is also very good. .
Although the basic features have not changed, the ride feeling of SE and SE+ is quite different. Compared with the SE with harder shock absorber settings, the SE+ is generally softer, and the SE+ is equipped with four riding modes such as "Sport", "Road", "Rain" and self-set "Rider". Stalling power output mode and tracking control are linked with three shock absorber settings respectively, and they will change together as long as the riding mode is switched.
The suspension device, which changes drastically every minute and every second, does not show any incompatibility common to electronic shock absorbers, although it has not been able to test the response speed and accuracy on general roads.Yes, but it feels very natural.
When you switch riding mode, you will also notice the movement of the shock absorber. The softest Rain mode is set to operate very frequently and the riding feeling is quite good. Road mode is better than SE It is also soft, and the Sport mode is as hard as the SE; for a car with excellent performance, the SE should be set with a harder shock absorber as the standard.
On the other hand, because the SE+ uses electronic shock absorbers, even if it is set to be soft during normal riding, the damping during braking and cornering will instantly become harder. In fact, even when riding in Road or Rain mode, the shock absorber can feel less nodding when it is fully compressed.
Especially in Rain mode, it not only gives people a sense of peace on wet roads, but also performs very well in normal use. It can fully absorb road bounces.It is suitable for leisurely riding on general roads and highways.
【General road】The soft Rain mode is most suitable even if it is not rainy. The SE feels particularly hard when riding on the street, and the SE+ is the Rain mode most suitable for riding on urban streets. A proper nod is also very easy to play sports at low speeds. Although the Rain mode is particularly reassuring to use in rainy days, the performance is also very good in normal use.
SE in the same situation gives people a rough feeling, and there is little movement change. Although it’s not a problem to ride a mountain road with the SE shock absorber settings, such as aggressive or ultra-high-speed cruising, SE+, which can handle real-time handling regardless of daily use or difficult riding scenes, is even more adequate. Exploit the original potential of H2 SX; at the same time, it has the lightness of a street car model and the stability of a wagon model, Ninja H2 SX SE+ feels like owning two cars at once.
Through the linkage function with the smart phone, the output horsepower and suspension settings can be changed at will, which is very convenient in use. For the author, it is highly recommended to choose full-horsepower and soft shock absorber settings in daily life.
SE+’s exclusive Brembo brake caliper "Stylema" is also a very good equipment. Although it is greatly influenced by the incoming film, the SE gives the impression of increasing the braking force through the quadratic curve. The brake lever of the SE+ is very sensitive and has a very soft touch at the beginning, but when you press it down The rear brake force will be released directly to the end at one time, and the SE will get a little stuck when the brake is fully braked, so it is more troublesome to control. In comparison, the SE+ is more convenient to use.
【Wetland Ride】SE+ has a very high degree of freedom, no matter whether it is a radical or a leisurely ride. When riding on a mountain road, both bikes show the brisk maneuverability above the weight of the car, allowing people to fully enjoy the sporty riding Multiply the fun.
If you want to ride a bit more aggressively, it’s okay for SE to maintain the standard settings, but SE+ recommends the Sport mode. However, if you ride leisurely in Road and Rain modes, the suspension damping at the moment the vehicle speed increases will also react immediately, so there will be no problems.
By adding an electronic suspension device with excellent performance, SE+ has greatly improved its strength as an all-rounder, becoming more luxurious, higher value-added, and slightly overlapping with the style of ZX-14R Make some differences. Although there are 3 versions of H2 SX, as far as the author is concerned, I will only choose SE+, although it is 380,000 more expensive than SEJapanese yen, but fully worth the fare.
It’s just that since it’s so luxurious, people want to have the ability to adjust the height of the windshield. In addition, although the preload of the shock absorber can be adjusted with just one button, and the height of the car can also be adjusted (more on that later), I actually hope that shock absorbers can develop an electronic device that automatically adjusts the height of the car. If it can be changed The height of the seat cushion can reduce the degree of bending of the knees, which can make long-distance riding easier. The author has so many extravagant ideas and it means that the completion of SE+ is really excellent.
As an FJR1300 owner, I have been very envious of the performance of this car several times during test rides. Well... the next time I buy a motorcycle, I definitely want to list SE+ as the first candidate.
Adjustable through electric preload to maintain a brisk riding feeling. SE+ even the rear wheel preload adjustment is electric, Although the grip feels a bit heavy in the single setting, if you choose the two-person mode (single + luggage), it will reduce sinking and maintain brisk handling.
The rear seat cushion of H2 SX is a bit high, so the rear seat passengers and the rider will not have a sense of unity, but the rear seat grips are set on both sides for a very good grip.
The riding posture leans forward slightly, which is a riding posture that can take both sport riding and relaxation into consideration. Although the height of the seat cushion of both cars is 820mm, when the SE+ is preloaded in the "single ride" mode, the rear heel will be about 1cm higher than the SE, but as long as the two feet are placed straight down, the toes can be Step on the ground steadily. With this body-sized station wagon, the grounding performance of both feet is very good. (The knight in the photo is 168cm tall and weighs 61kg)
[Numao Hiraki] is easier to get onThe hand is definitely Ninja H2 SX SE+
Riding on SE On the street, if you don’t really put the load on the motorcycle, it will not be able to pass, so you need to pay a little attention in this regard. On the other hand, when riding SE+, even ordinary people like me can really experience the feeling of shock absorbers as long as they change the riding mode.
In terms of ease of operation and simplicity, SE+ definitely performs better. Although it rained all day on the day of the test, the Rain mode of SE+ can make people not worry about riding.
Ninja H2 SX SE+
Ninja H2 SX SE+ is a top-of-the-line model based on SE. The basic structure, including the balanced supercharged engine, steel tube braided frame, and steering headlights, is exactly the same. Due to the replacement of electronic shock absorbers, the vehicle weight has also increased by 2kg.
The only differences in appearance are shock absorbers and brake calipers And the painting color is different.
The smart phone is extremely convenient to use!
As long as you download the exclusive APP on your smartphone, the function mode of operating the vehicle will be on the dashboard The login password is displayed on the screen, and then you can connect successfully by entering the password on the smartphone. When riding, you can always keep connected with the smartphone by opening the APP program.
Although the instrument panels of the two cars have two The basic screen options are the same, but the display content of the LCD screen is somewhat different. SE will display three horsepower modes and a three-stage cycleTrack control can also be turned off. SE+ riding modes (Sport, Road, Rain, Rider) will be displayed enlarged, and notifications such as emails and calls will also appear. The Bluetooth logo on the left of the dashboard will only appear on SE+.
Changing the preloading of the feet on the ground will also change.
SE+ on the left hand side of the handle "preload" switch, provides three-stage rear wheel preload settings, select The rear heel of the single rider will be 1cm higher than the SE, and will rise about 1 cm after changing the mode. Each setting has five stages for the rider to fine-tune.
The decision mode switch on the right hand side is the same for both cars. The SE+ has buttons for mode selection and changing preload on the left side of the left grip switch.
If you press and hold the mode button on the right grip, you will enter a setting screen where you can freely select horsepower and shock absorber settings.The electronic shock absorber can be adjusted in five stages on the extension/compression side.
The smart phone connection function, which is very rare in Japanese brands, is very practical
SE+ electronic shock absorbers have added real-time variable control, and as mentioned above, Just one button can change the rear wheel preload. Although SE can be adjusted manually, SE+ is preset with three modes: "single rider", "single + luggage", "double + luggage", etc., which can also be adjusted during travel, which is really important Minute.
As KAWASAKI’s first car that connects to a smart phone via Bluetooth, this feature is also very eye-catching. Although many European and American brands have adopted this design, it is in Japan It is extremely rare in the car model.
SE+ can use the exclusive free APP "RIDEOLOGY THE APP" toSet each mode and electronic shock absorber. Although it can be set on the motorcycle's switch and dashboard, it is easier to operate on a smart phone with a touch screen.
In addition, in addition to the driving route, this APP will also help to record the maximum turning angle, speed, water temperature, fuel consumption and other information. It can also be called out to watch after the ride, which is definitely more than H2 SX Let riders enjoy the fun of riding a motorcycle.
Although the supercharged engine remains the same, the emblem is different
The compression ratio of the H2 SX series is higher than that of the H2, and it is equipped with a balanced and easy handling The 998cc parallel 4-cylinder engine with high performance and strong acceleration, but the emblem of the supercharged engine is different. In comparison, the SE+ has a more design sense.
The electronic suspension on the SE+ is made by SHOWA, while the SE is manualFully adjustable, the diameter of the inverted front fork is 43mm.
SE+'s rear shock adopts SHOWA-made BFRC lite, which is proud of its excellent tracking control.
SE uses KYB system fully adjustable single gun rear shock.
Using paint that can repair small scratches
SE and SE+ use special paints that can repair small scratches on their own to maintain a beautiful appearance, and are painted on the fuel tank and the lower half of the fuel tank cover Above, although there is no way to actually test the effect of the paint this time, it feels like it is a very suitable paint for high-end cars.
A collection of three versions of the car
The charm of the Ninja H2 SX is that you can experience the performance of a supercharged engine at a price of less than 2 million yen. The SE is equipped with Many travel equipment that can make the rider more comfortable, and the SE+ with electronic suspension is more luxurious.