Doing a Google search, I found a local tailors that specialised in leather repairs, so took it over to them, handed over my money and that was that. I pick them back up next week, so will give you an update. Hopefully I still fit them.
Driving home, Carolina and I drove past Bournemouth Kawasaki, a shop I'd been meaning to go to since I moved down here. I will admit the site was a little smaller than I expected, but the bikes inside made up for it. Amongst some of the latest Kawasaki models, like the Z1000, 1400ZZR and the ZX-10R was Chris Walkers ZX-7RR race bike (sadly sort of wedged in the back of the room with the used bikes) and the above, James Hilliers H2R that that he rode around the TT course. Its a beast.
What was really cool was its just sitting quietly in the back of the shop, surrounded by some clothing on the rails. With nobody else around, I was able to get really close and explore the engineering, beautiful carbon fibre, striking green frame and that paint. Whenever I been to a bike show, they have been on a turntable and I was always surrounded by like minded people.
Would I buy one if I had the money? Yes, but only if I had money to burn. You can't use the R on the road and the vast majority of tracks won't let you anywhere near their circuit when its running.
I wouldn't by an H2 either. Yes its an amazing piece of kit, but its no faster the aforementioned ZX-10R which handles better anyway and I'd always know that there was a better version available.
Sadly, the H2Rs in this country (which isn't that many), possible the pinnacle of current motorbike design and engineering, on par with the Honda RCV213, will sit like this one. On a stand in a room, a full sized model to be looked at, which is a bit of a shame.