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03-24-2019 05:47 AM
wellcraft Finally picked up my 2018 H2SXSE Saturday 23 March, to cold and windy to do anything other than ride it home but at least it stopped raining so I could bring it home. Very impressive bike now that I have had a chance to really examine it outside of a dealership and the emerald green and black looks fantastic in the sunlight. I believe in following the manufacturers recommended break-in procedure so I'll be babying my H2 for the next 1000 miles plus I need saddle time to get use to riding it and figuring out how it accelerates and handles. I traded in my 2017 ZX14R because I wanted ZX14R performance along with touring capability and there was nothing else on the market that offered the combination of performance and touring. I got a good deal and paid 18K for the 2018 H2SXSE and received a really generous trade-in of $9700 for my 2017 ZX14R SE so the bike was affordable, at 22K the H2 would have been out of reach.
03-21-2019 08:57 AM
57x It has been non-stop rain here all winter, especially weekends. I got the pipe and flash on my bike a couple weeks ago and only got out once on it. The roads were a rocky, muddy, sandy mess. It rained again yesterday, forecasted for tomorrow, a small gap over the weekend and then rain again all next week. We needed it but enough is enough. This is too big a jump in power to play with with this on roads in poor condition. Hopefully soon.

Congratulations on the purchase. I certainly love my H2 SX SE and bet you will yours.
03-20-2019 12:30 PM
wellcraft Made a deal today with a local dealership and will pickup my 2018 H2SXSE Friday afternoon :-) I'd pick it up tomorrow but it's supposed to rain :-(

It'll be a long 48 hours waiting to pick up the new bike
03-19-2019 12:53 PM
wellcraft
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Originally Posted by 57x View Post
I understand the arguement, but still don't agree. People play dealers against each other and many dealers don't play. If you have a written quote they most of the time lose the sale as people take that paper to the next dealer to get a better price. I fortunately gave created relationships with a couple dealers out here and they just give me the no BS price.
I've purchased 8 new motorcycles and never once had a dealership refuse or even hesitate to give me a written quote, and yes some people do pit one dealership against another but that's just part of the game when it comes to purchasing a vehicle, if you offer the best price from the start you'll get the sale. There's no magic formula that allows one dealership to sell a bike any cheaper than what any other dealership can sell it for so if you refuse to provide a written quote from my perspective you're hiding something i.e., inflated dealer fees. Bay Harbor wouldn't even verbally give me the out the door price. The two other dealerships I visited, Jersey Shore Power Sports and Montgomeryville Cycle Center, both provided me written quotes without issue so it's likely I'll buy from one of them, it'll probably come down to which dealership gives me the most money in trade for my 2017 ZX14R.
03-18-2019 09:30 PM
57x I understand the arguement, but still don't agree. People play dealers against each other and many dealers don't play. If you have a written quote they most of the time lose the sale as people take that paper to the next dealer to get a better price. I fortunately gave created relationships with a couple dealers out here and they just give me the no BS price.
03-18-2019 02:22 PM
wellcraft
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Originally Posted by Snakes709 View Post
Thats complete bullshit. Deposits are total bs and serve no purpose. Its to get your foot in the door and more of a chance you will go through with the deal. Usually it pisses people off and causes them to find another dealership. Oh well, their loss.
Agree 100%, Bay Harbor had the bike listed on cycle trader for 16979, I called and they refused to give me a quote over the phone so I drove 75 miles one way, paid 20 bucks in tolls only to be told they wouldn't give me a written quote unless I put down a deposit. I guess the fact I drove 75 miles from PA to NY wasn't a clue I was a serious buyer. 16979 was a great price if that was actually the price, my guess is they probably had inflated dealer fees that bumped the price back up close to MSRP. Had they provided a quote with reasonable dealer fees I would have purchased the H2SXSE from them today. Bay harbor definitely lost a sale and as it stands now you couldn't pay me to step foot in their dealership again so I'll purchase the bike elsewhere. Hopefully I'll get a H2 this weekend from one of the other two shops I visited that were all to happy to give me a written quote.
03-18-2019 01:46 PM
Snakes709
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Originally Posted by wellcraft View Post
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Originally Posted by 57x View Post
https://www.vcyclenut.com/kawasaki-h2-sx.html

vcyclenut sells a setup with full exhaust working with an OEM ZX10R header, with a new mid and can. Get it with the sprint filter and flash. This is the setup I'm running.

The challenge with a Guhl flash is they, and many others only go for tuning for wide open throttle. Guys like vcyclenut and Ivan's go after a tune on the dyno, then datalog the bike to fix real world issues like mid throttle, on-off throttle hesitation, etc. Ivan doesn't make an H2 SX tune unfortunately, and vcyclenut does a great job fortunately. I've bought from both of them for a few bikes and am quite pleased.
Thanks for the info, good stuff to know. I went to buy the H2SXSE today but came home empty handed. The dealership I visited, Bay Harbor Motor Sports in Staten Island, NY refused to give me a written quote for out the door price including all fees to include freight, assembly, paperwork, taxes etc unless I first put down a deposit. Why would anyone put down a deposit without first knowing the total cost to include all dealer fees and taxes? Needless to say I walked out, I've purchased 8 new motorcycles and never had a problem from any dealership getting a written quote. I checked out two other dealerships and both gave me a quote within moments of me asking. I'll need to wait until the weekend and then decide which bike to buy from the two dealerships that gave me quotes.
Thats complete bullshit. Deposits are total bs and serve no purpose. Its to get your foot in the door and more of a chance you will go through with the deal. Usually it pisses people off and causes them to find another dealership. Oh well, their loss.
03-18-2019 11:40 AM
wellcraft
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Originally Posted by 57x View Post
https://www.vcyclenut.com/kawasaki-h2-sx.html

vcyclenut sells a setup with full exhaust working with an OEM ZX10R header, with a new mid and can. Get it with the sprint filter and flash. This is the setup I'm running.

The challenge with a Guhl flash is they, and many others only go for tuning for wide open throttle. Guys like vcyclenut and Ivan's go after a tune on the dyno, then datalog the bike to fix real world issues like mid throttle, on-off throttle hesitation, etc. Ivan doesn't make an H2 SX tune unfortunately, and vcyclenut does a great job fortunately. I've bought from both of them for a few bikes and am quite pleased.
Thanks for the info, good stuff to know. I went to buy the H2SXSE today but came home empty handed. The dealership I visited, Bay Harbor Motor Sports in Staten Island, NY refused to give me a written quote for out the door price including all fees to include freight, assembly, paperwork, taxes etc unless I first put down a deposit. Why would anyone put down a deposit without first knowing the total cost to include all dealer fees and taxes? Needless to say I walked out, I've purchased 8 new motorcycles and never had a problem from any dealership getting a written quote. I checked out two other dealerships and both gave me a quote within moments of me asking. I'll need to wait until the weekend and then decide which bike to buy from the two dealerships that gave me quotes.
03-17-2019 09:26 PM
Snakes709
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Originally Posted by 57x View Post
https://www.vcyclenut.com/kawasaki-h2-sx.html

vcyclenut sells a setup with full exhaust working with an OEM ZX10R header, with a new mid and can. Get it with the sprint filter and flash. This is the setup I'm running.

The challenge with a Guhl flash is they, and many others only go for tuning for wide open throttle. Guys like vcyclenut and Ivan's go after a tune on the dyno, then datalog the bike to fix real world issues like mid throttle, on-off throttle hesitation, etc. Ivan doesn't make an H2 SX tune unfortunately, and vcyclenut does a great job fortunately. I've bought from both of them for a few bikes and am quite pleased.
Thats who im going with. Was originally gonna get dyno tuned at the dealership but they are going out of buisness. And there is only so much i can do with my woolich auto tuner. So im having vcyclenut to send me his tune’s bin file, ill load it up, data log and send him the logs to make any adjustments for my climate, elevation and fuel. Cant wait to see how it feels. I only made a few changes to the stock tune, along with adding a zx10r, yoshimura 3/4 system and spring po8 filter and she sure as hell feels faster
03-17-2019 05:50 PM
57x https://www.vcyclenut.com/kawasaki-h2-sx.html

vcyclenut sells a setup with full exhaust working with an OEM ZX10R header, with a new mid and can. Get it with the sprint filter and flash. This is the setup I'm running.

The challenge with a Guhl flash is they, and many others only go for tuning for wide open throttle. Guys like vcyclenut and Ivan's go after a tune on the dyno, then datalog the bike to fix real world issues like mid throttle, on-off throttle hesitation, etc. Ivan doesn't make an H2 SX tune unfortunately, and vcyclenut does a great job fortunately. I've bought from both of them for a few bikes and am quite pleased.
03-17-2019 03:22 PM
wellcraft
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Originally Posted by 57x View Post
Flash it and you won't miss the ZX14R as much. It's a little lighter and with the flash the torque is closer.
What is the cost of the flash and who should I take it too? I've never had a ECU flash done to any motorcycle I've owned but I know Guhl is within riding distance of my home so if he does flashes for the H2 it would make the most sense for me to go to him. I'm open to suggestions.
03-17-2019 03:20 PM
wellcraft
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Originally Posted by 185EZ View Post
This will always be the view from an H2
20171126_091515_HDR1 by 185 EZ, on Flickr
Cute picture and I don't mind that view at all as long as the view isn't a HD or Gold Wing :-)
03-17-2019 07:41 AM
57x
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I was joking
If DD didn't have the side bags on it would have been the other way around.
That's how close it is
I figured, me being another smart-ass on here.

I'm surprised it was so close with DD's bike still in stock form. Wait until he gets it flashed.
03-17-2019 05:42 AM
185EZ I was joking
If DD didn't have the side bags on it would have been the other way around.
That's how close it is
03-16-2019 08:38 PM
57x I'm ok with that. There are pluses to both.
03-16-2019 06:42 PM
185EZ This will always be the view from an H2
20171126_091515_HDR1 by 185 EZ, on Flickr
03-16-2019 06:27 PM
57x
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Originally Posted by wellcraft View Post
I think I'm going to pull the trigger on a leftover 2018 H2SXSE next week. I'm a little reluctant to let my ZX14R go but it won't make sense for me to have the H2SXSE and the ZX14R because the bikes are to similar in mission plus I'll need to trade the ZX14R to make purchasing the H2 affordable. I like all the technology Kawasaki has incorporated in the H2 plus I like the idea of factory bags and long distance touring capability.
Flash it and you won't miss the ZX14R as much. It's a little lighter and with the flash the torque is closer.
03-16-2019 05:12 PM
wellcraft I think I'm going to pull the trigger on a leftover 2018 H2SXSE next week. I'm a little reluctant to let my ZX14R go but it won't make sense for me to have the H2SXSE and the ZX14R because the bikes are to similar in mission plus I'll need to trade the ZX14R to make purchasing the H2 affordable. I like all the technology Kawasaki has incorporated in the H2 plus I like the idea of factory bags and long distance touring capability.
11-19-2018 07:05 PM
PhukDD
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Originally Posted by 57x View Post
I am very happy with mine. I have had many of the big Kawi's (10, 12, 14, Connie) and this is by far my favorite. I am also very happy I stepped up to the SE.

Interesting the new SE+. I know I would not pay $3000 more for the suspension and brakes. The suspension and brakes on this bike are fantastic.
That was my thoughts exactly...but I do like the paint on the SE+
11-19-2018 04:55 PM
57x I am very happy with mine. I have had many of the big Kawi's (10, 12, 14, Connie) and this is by far my favorite. I am also very happy I stepped up to the SE.

Interesting the new SE+. I know I would not pay $3000 more for the suspension and brakes. The suspension and brakes on this bike are fantastic.
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