The Kawasaki company showed some drawings of a prototype last year, so the hydrogen motorcycle concept has been known for some time. Finally, the actual article has been exposed, albeit as a prototype and Kawasaki Reveals Bulky New Hydrogen Bike.
When introduced on December 12 at the Akashi company’s Group Vision 2030 conference, the new Kawasaki hydrogen bike created a significant impression.
The bike, known as the Kawasaki Ninja H2 HySE, is based on the Kawasaki Ninja H2 SX sports tourer, as seen in the 2022 sketches. However, alternative fuel generates much more significant results.
The bike’s panniers on each side hold hydrogen, but the gimmick seems massive. This bike could be more agile, from the hefty front fairing to the seat unit.
It isn’t the goal. It is more of a technical demonstration of the HySE (Hydrogen Small Mobility and Engine) project’s practicality and value. As a result, the only way to assess its performance will be after it is in production and accessible to the general public.
That is a long way off, but based on the brief sight of the bike in the Group Vision 2030 conference presentation video, it appears to be rideable.
Because the bike is still in the early phases of development, we need to know its specifications, outputs, or, perhaps most crucially, its fuel consumption and range.
The Kawasaki Ninja H2 HySE is the first motorcycle powered by hydrogen from four Japanese manufacturers—Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, and Kawasaki.
These businesses are all HySE project partners. HySE will send its hydrogen-powered buggy, built in Belgium, to the Dakar Rally next month.
Toyota, Kawasaki, and Yamaha have all worked together on the hydrogen project; for example, a hydrogen-fueled Toyota Corolla was driven at the Fuji 24-hour endurance race.