Last year, Zack and Ari went to Northern California to get a story for about two of the most technologically advanced and fastest motorcycles for sale today: Kawasaki’s supercharged H2 and the all-electric Lightning LS-218. They rode around San Francisco, across the Golden Gate Bridge and into Marin County, and eventually to the drag strip at Sonoma Raceway.
Finally, two of the fastest street bikes available on the market today went head to head in a 1/4-mile drag. The results are plain to see. What we should mention is that the Lightning wasn’t geared for the strip—a 66-tooth rear sprocket meant it didn’t have the mid-range punch that it could have if tuned properly. And yes, the H2 could’ve had a pipe on it (though it might not have been legal).
But for two showroom-ready street bikes it was a thrill ride.