New for 2017 is the limited edition Kawasaki H2 Carbon, of which only 120 units will be made. Coming with a carbon-fibre reinforced polymer (CFRP) upper fairing cowl which places it somewhat in between the road-going H2 and track-only H2R, the H2 Carbon has the same paint scheme as the H2R, but in a matte finish.

A new Ohlins TTX rear shock absorber is standard across Kawasaki’s hyperbike range for 2017, giving 22 clicks of adjustment for rebound and compression. This is combined with a redesigned shock linkage that is claimed to improve the H2’s track prowess.

Taking a leaf from its superbike sibling, the Kawasaki ZX-10R, the H2-series now comes with a Bosch six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU), which also gives it cornering ABS. With the engine remaining unchanged for the new year, the H2 also gains quick down-shifting.

In the instrument panel, a new “bank angle” display is added, to show how far the bike is leaning. The H2’s real-time lean angle is displayed, and the maximum “angle-of-dangle” is recorded for the ride.

To ensure the H2 machines comply with Euro 4 regulations, the exhaust collector layout has been altered. Revised silencer innards and bigger catalytic convertors that have more platinum, rhodium and palladium are said to improve emissions.

GALLERY: 2016 Kawasaki H2R