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December 13th, 2014

We recently showed you photos of the Ninja H2 being modified by the AMA Drag Racing Champion Rickey Gadson, here is an update to the story. For the first time, the one-off Ninja H2 that has been customised by the 11 time drag racing champion was showcased at a live event, at the New York International Motor Show.

The Kawasaki Ninja H2 has gone through a series of updates. While these updates might not have a lot to do much with the engine tuning, there is a lot of mods gone to increase the stability and how efficiently the motorcycle puts its power down.

Kawasaki Ninja H2 with extended swingarm prepared by Rickey Gadson for drag racing

Gadson’s drag ready H2 has a 67.5 inch extended swingarm

The biggest difference is the Adam’s Performance extended Strong Arm swingarm that stretches the length to 67.5 inches. Following that, the rear wheel has been replaced by a BST carbon fiber wheel from Brock’s Performance while the  front wheel has been retained to stock. the lightened extended swing arm and the carbon fiber wheel contribute to a total weight loss of 5.5 kgs.

Other upgrades include a JRI rear shock and a handlebar mounted air shifter which would work simultaneously with the H2’s stock quick shifter.

While testing the modified H2 at Rockingham Dragway, North Carolina, Rickey Gadson recorded a quarter-mile time of 8.213 seconds with an exit speed of 166.48 mph, which Rickey Gadson says he is very happy considering the cold temperatures on the track.

While 8.213 is still quite an impressive time for a near-stock machine, we could certainly see better timings as the weather conditions better during the spring.

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