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Homeskillet 05-07-2011 06:00 PM

1971 Kawasaki 500 H-1 Teardown
This bike sat in a warehouse for 20 years. I bought it ten years ago and it sat on my front porch. It ran briefly some five years ago, but only for a few minutes and only on two cyclinders.

Now I'm finally getting serious......

barko1 05-07-2011 06:56 PM

Too much work, I'll come take it off your hands:evil

Homeskillet 05-07-2011 07:01 PM

My first bike, a 1969 Mach III, back in 1970.

Homeskillet 05-07-2011 07:02 PM


Originally Posted by barko1 (Post 15855818)
Too much work, I'll come take it off your hands:evil

Thanks, neighbor, but I see your hands are full already!

Homeskillet 05-07-2011 07:06 PM

It looked like this before the newspaper editor's son painted it burnt orange.
Then I traded for a brand new 72' Mach III, like this showdog:

Homeskillet 05-07-2011 07:07 PM

Homeskillet 05-07-2011 07:08 PM

back to work....

Homeskillet 05-07-2011 07:12 PM 6800 miles on it, hardly no carbon build up.

Homeskillet 05-07-2011 07:13 PM

barko1 05-07-2011 08:15 PM


Originally Posted by Homeskillet (Post 15855882)
Thanks, neighbor, but I see your hands are full already!

I need to add my 67 X6 mess to the signature:lol3

anonny 05-07-2011 08:22 PM

Good one, looks like the hard parts to find are there and in good shape. Are you planning on doing the crank bearings?

manxkipper 05-08-2011 02:36 AM

I'd love to have one of those. Looks great. The closest I have come is owning an original workshop manual for the H1 and H2. One day....

England-Kev 05-08-2011 03:13 AM

I'm in for this one, as I have a 72 H1b waiting to be rebuilt in the garage:lurk

Homeskillet 05-08-2011 01:30 PM

Hopefully, I can just clean/paint the frame, rebuild carbs, and put fresh tires on it. I'm no mechanic, this is my first rodeo. Any hints/guidance will be welcomed with open arms and ears.

caponerd 05-08-2011 03:11 PM

Good on you for putting that back on the road.
From the look of you in that old photo, you must have been under 18 when you got that bike. I can't imagine having one of those early ones as a first bike.

I've got a 1975 H1 that I bought new sitting in pieces scattered around my garage and barn.

I've decided to pass it off to someone who can put a higher priority on restoring it than me. Includes a spare rolling chassis, two spare engines (both needing complete teardown) a collection of NOS parts purchased over a period of several years, a spare exhaust system. The original engine includes new 0.5mm over pistons (not installed), and probably needs a crank rebuild to renew the seals.

Anyone interested?

I want to sell it as a complete collection, and I don't want to have to package it for shipping, so you'd need to come to Oregon to get it.

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