Ninja Helicopter! Racing Engine! Kawasaki H2R K-Racer Flight Test

Ninja Helicopter! Racing Engine! Kawasaki H2R K-Racer Flight Test

Ninja Helicopter! Racing Engine! Kawasaki H2R K-Racer Flight Test successfully took place recently with a Vertical Take Off, Flight around the Airfield and a Vertical Landing. This is powered by a Kawasaki 1,000cc Supercharged engine putting out over 310HP! Could this be the NEXT engine we see put into EXPERIMENTAL AIRCRAFT and seeing competing in STOL Competition with Steve Henry?!
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Readers Comments (47)

  1. The Rotax atv engine is a good candidate

  2. Are there any videos where you can hear this thing fly? The H2 and H2R are some of the meanest sounding motorcycles around.

  3. Traded in a carburated 2004 Kawasaki Z1000 for $1900.

  4. I was part of a team that developed a Hayabusa engine to fit into a gyrocopter 6 years ago. The gearbox and clutch were stripped out of the bike engine and the drive was taken from the clutch drive through a CNC clutch cover with the PSRU mounted off an alloy plate,much like the Viking motors. It only did two days of test flying here before it was shipped to Australia and dissappeared. I remember the test pilot being very enthusiastic about the power plant saying it was more like a turbine engine with power and smoothness. We swung a large prop at 2200 rpm coupled with an after market muffler made the power plant almost silent in cruise. The pilot said it was so quite in the cockpit that you could have had a conversation with someone.

  5. dennis rantanen April 1, 2021 @ 11:11 pm

    Mark Doan; Exactly what i was thinking, snowmobile engines lend themselves to aircraft conversions much easier than motorcycle engines. The R-1/apex engine does have a gear reduction on it from the factory, because the snowmobile drive clutch won’t take the rpms the engine can turn, but it is still to fast for a prop. So anyway, it is easier to build the right reduction ratio for a prop from a sled engine.
    Still, very interesting Bryan

  6. Snowmobile engines lend themselves to aircraft application far easier than motorcycle engines due to the fact motorcycle engines have the entire crankcase , transmission and driveline output in one whole casting …they are not separate like a snowmobile engine is with the output shaft being the crankshaft …. It won’t likely happen due to the insane R and D cost of cutting up or casting new lower end cases without the transmission … I just dont see this catching on … Extraordinary amount of modification needed to get it just to the starting place of a snowmobile engine

  7. Thats new, you started doing overviews, nice. Good to know.
    Bryan, no time left to finish your own airplane lol?

  8. It’s not new. The Lockheed AH56 Cheyenne that was developed in just 18 months in 1969 was a compound helo. It used a semi-rigid rotor, a pusher prop, and had stub wings that provided additional lift in forward flight. It broke all helo speed records of the day. It had innovations that we didn’t adopt until decades later, such as a heads-up display helmet, sight-directed mini-gun, etc. The Army ordered several hundred, but, while the bugs were still being worked out of the tech, the army put in an order for a bunch of Bell AH1 Cobras as a stop-gap until they could take delivery of the AH56. About that time the Air Force stepped in and made a stink about the AH56 assuming their ground-support mission. The chiefs of staff backed down and cancelled the Cheyenne program in 1971. It was a helo that was literally 30 to 50 years ahead of its time. Sometimes folks wonder how come the Russians seem to be ahead of us in helo tech. It’s not to hard to figure out. When the Cheyenne program was cancelled, the remaining helos were turned over to military museums and Lockheed got out of the helo business. Russia had taken notice however and many of the Cheyenne’s features subsequently showed up on Russian attack helos.

  9. Holy CRAP, that Kawasaki chopper sounds like quite a vehicle. I will be interested to see what kind of reliability they can get out of a super tuned bike engine like that. Those bike engines have some WICKED power/weight for an IC engine, they just need to get the reliability (not that they’re that bad) to aircraft level and it would be an awesome power plant.

  10. Fábio Rodighero April 1, 2021 @ 11:14 pm


  11. I would be interested to see an episode on a Chevy LS3 V-8 in aircraft

  12. I’ve rebuilt quite a few rotax 1503’s used in water craft. They produce anywhere from 155 naturally aspirated to 300+ super charged. Would love to see some of those in an aircraft conversion.

  13. Benjamin Stephens April 1, 2021 @ 11:26 pm

    I like what you are doing because between you and MOJOGRIP, I can actually see a way forward to own my own Aircraft in the future! Thank You So Very Much Sir!

  14. All I can say about this bike is: it’s a blast on the race track… it is not really comparable with my other race bikes😅 and it is definitely a really unique experience for a motorcycle enthusiast!

    i really like the idea of using this engine in an helicopter! Hope to see more videos of it.
    Have a great weekend

  15. I have thought about the BMW 1000RR (already a plane with this in it) and the Yamaha R1. Never read the speck on them but Honda used to make a v-twin with fuel injection that could also be a good option as it would make it’s power at lower RPM.

  16. The Worship Traveler April 1, 2021 @ 11:33 pm

    Great video Bryan. The beautiful thing about utilizing engines other than the usual Rotax, Continental, Jabiru, etc, is the basic fact that this will ultimately, in the not so distant future, will create a tremendous amount of competition thus driving down the cost of FWF packages for the experimental class. A great example of this would be the Viking Engine series. A complete FWF package from Viking is less than Rotax on average and that is just for the Rotax engine and nothing else. There are also other advantages such as complete water cooled motors vs water cooled heads with a few cups of water. The one drawback from GA use would be the overwhelming cost of certifying a motor. That is something the FAA should concentrate on reducing. Just saying.
    Lovin your videos. Keep them coming brother. 👍

  17. Hi i could find Rubber body inflated personal aeroplane army used in WW-2 its with small engine. How that plane get airborne and get down.

  18. that’s the street version they made a track version that is more power and $$$$

  19. Joseph Swafford April 1, 2021 @ 11:38 pm

    She. Was. Spectacular.

  20. What’s wrong with 3 cylinder engines?

  21. Yes! Engines! I love engines. Can you look into why D-MOTOR is not exporting its engines anywhere anymore?

  22. Finish YOUR plane….. let’s see some videos of that…”fan” but let’s see U build….

  23. 10+ k rpm really don’t excite me for an airplane engine. Yes 300 hp is impressive but there’s a reason steve hauls his plane to the contests. Nice video.

  24. Jason Galbraith April 1, 2021 @ 11:45 pm

    The Yamaha Phazer 500 cc 2cyl is basically 1/2 of the Apex 1000cc and makes about 80 HP. It’s currently being flown and further developed with a skytrax gear box that is being tested for production now . My plan is to install it in my BD-5.

  25. Cristopher Alexander April 1, 2021 @ 11:47 pm

    Is Kawasaki gonna make a bike faster than The H2R? I’m pretty sure in the near future different companies will beat the H2R.

  26. RotaryWing USA April 1, 2021 @ 11:47 pm

    Yamaha Rx1 140HP single place Gyroplane.

  27. Been hypothesizing M/C engines for aircraft use for decades. I made an ultralight using a two-stroke 125cc single cylinder M/C engine back in the 70s and that UL was a blast. Took about a week to figure out a proper mounting configuration, but it was very reliable, having never given me a problem in about a hundred hours of flight time, before it was dismantled and I went on to other endeavors. I was a teen, that’s how teens do things – OK, what’s next? lol

  28. beri kodosan

  29. Hope that wasn’t anything important coming out the exhaust pipe during the dyno test.

  30. Looking forward to see the Kawasaki helo progress.

  31. Jesus people no motorcycle engine is a realistic option. The molded built in transmission is the issue. The only reason the Yamaha snowmobile engine works is because the sleds don’t have transmissions and it’s a straight crank just like any Lycoming or continental.

  32. Salvatore Militello April 1, 2021 @ 11:52 pm

    I am looking into some new rotary engines that are being called a rotary hemi and they seem sweet freedom motors usa company working with nasa

  33. Michael Robertson April 1, 2021 @ 11:54 pm


  34. ConditionedSlave April 1, 2021 @ 11:55 pm

    Just grab a used liter bike engine, upgrade spark, fuel, etc and turbo charge it

  35. I was in the bike seen for many years… Trust me all you need to do is wait 1 week you will find one of those engines cheep.. May come with some road rash…

  36. Parr 4 the Course April 1, 2021 @ 11:58 pm

    Now that’s pretty cool, I used to race pro-stack on a Kawasaki, so I’m a little partial to them, lived in Lincoln for a couple of years as well!!

  37. Just ran across your channel quite interesting I might say. I’m designing and building a small quad copter at the moment.
    Hopefully it’ll turn into something good. Time will tell.

  38. Motor week. good idea.

  39. What kind of license would I need to flight those helicopter drone?

  40. Wow what a screamer!

  41. John Paul Lafferty April 2, 2021 @ 12:02 am

    Bryan now you hit a subject I’m very familiar with. I worked for a helicopter company designing compound designs. We built and tested a design that was a redesign of The Pathfinder from the 60’s. The Pathfinder held the speed record for helicopters for 40 years but was never put into production. Politics!! The issue with compound helicopters is to slow the main rotor down or even stop it as the aircraft increases forward speed to decrease the tip speed of the ascending rotor blade. Bad things happen when rotors hit MACH speed. We performed wind tunnel test then build a design using a Blackhawk as the flight platform. The clamshell design didn’t perform as well as the original design as the Pathfinder. I don’t want to mention the name of the company out of respect for the man. This was my first job as an engineer after flying for the Navy and I love designing as much a flying, so this is the main reason I love your channel. You bring new ideas to the masses even though there will always be people who already know some of the information you present. But as a whole you will inform most.

  42. – A bike accelerating next to an aircraft? "I feel the need, the need for…"
    – Aw shuddup.
    – NO! Maverick’s bike was a Kawasaki Ninja too! I WON’T SHUT UP!
    (finally, a video that allows me to combine both my fields of nerdiness! Thanks)

  43. Nicholas Lambert April 2, 2021 @ 12:04 am

    The nytro / Yxz 1000 triple and Phazer Twin will be the next thing to look out for. Teal Jenkins is developing a Skytrax PSRU for those and Youtuber (Ians Life) is working on a conversion harness. He’s dropping a phazer in a chinook, should be interesting.

  44. Randall Harmsen April 2, 2021 @ 12:05 am

    Thanks for time and effort Bryan putting this together. Motorcycle and snowmobile engines with incredible horsepower! Will see more power coming from Japanese because they are relentless engineers. Who would of thought these engines in aircraft just a few years ago?

  45. Patrick Lanigan April 2, 2021 @ 12:07 am

    I’ve heard that those supercharged kawi engines are unreliable for a motorcycle, as in, they like to blow up. Seems like a terrible idea to put them in aircraft.

  46. Joseph Swafford April 2, 2021 @ 12:07 am

    Wow. Bug. Dynamics.

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