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Old 04-24-2009, 08:59 AM   #1
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H-1 Project

Aka: "The Widow Maker"...
I've reserected a 10 year old project, a '74 Kawi Mach 3 two stroke triple.


New connecting rods, bearings and journals, crankshaft seals, case seals and all engine gaskets. New clutch plates, front brake pads and a bunch of other crap I forgot about.
Other than the con rods, I had purchased this stuff long ago.




Hope to have it smoking by this weekend.
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Old 04-24-2009, 09:57 AM   #2
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mmmmmm kawasaki triple

actually a friend and I looked at a gt550 in hammond, but it needed a bit more love than we were willing to give it.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:39 AM   #3
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If they've been sitting for more than a few years they likey need Con Rods as they tend to rust with no oil in the crank case. I found this shoved in a corner in a machine shop and got it cheap, it ran for a while but the crank seals were going and it would lose compression. When I tore it down the inner crank seals were toast too....common. Then it sat for many years till I was either going to use it or lose it.
If it wasn't in decent shape with under 7000 miles I doubt I would have invested the cash. Super easy to work on. Even got a parts bike to scavenge from.
Hope to get it to First Thursdays at Dulanos May 7th.
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Old 04-24-2009, 10:46 AM   #4
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Nice bike...

I have a 72 Mach IV in need of resurrection. Maybe next year....

damn college gets in the way....
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Old 04-24-2009, 08:40 PM   #5
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I'm not totally familiar with these, but these were famous, crazy fast, first of their kind kinda thing. Brown tank with yellow stripes, eh? Werent they the fastest thing ever, for about two years? Just about the pre-sportbike wave crest or something like that.

I almost just asked why there was no oil in the case but then it dawned, even through the rum soaked smog :lol
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Old 04-25-2009, 10:22 AM   #6
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I'm not totally familiar with these, but these were famous, crazy fast, first of their kind kinda thing.
I remember when they were new and I was in high school.

The Norton 750 Commando was the muscle bike to have, and then the Mach 3 came along and fast had a new meaning, or so it seemed to a teens drooling eyes. I'd have taken the Norton back then, I'm not so sure now. It'd be kind of fun buzzing down the road killing mosquitoes with both the front and back end.
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Old 04-26-2009, 01:17 PM   #7
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Like this one? mine


Or with the fairing



or a mate's



or another mate's



Did someone mention CB750's?

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Old 06-09-2009, 10:31 PM   #8
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I am sure the cases could leak into the bottom of the combustion chamber and reek RPM havoc.

Have you gone to Kawasaki triples worldwide . com ?

http://www.kawasakitriplesworldwide....pBB2/index.php
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Old 06-10-2009, 05:07 PM   #9
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Did you let the sealer set up before firing it up?
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Old 06-11-2009, 10:15 AM   #10
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Did you let the sealer set up before firing it up?
I did but used the red high temp. silacone rather the recommended 3 bond 1194 which I now have a tube of (of course). Yeah, the triples site is a weath of info. The kick started was never wound right on the spring.
The K3 site had links to photos etc. on the proper install.
I've got sooo much on my plate right now pulling the motor again will have to wait. Hey...it starts with a couple kicks at least!
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Old 06-11-2009, 01:06 PM   #11
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You've seen this bike right?

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Old 08-25-2012, 04:33 PM   #12
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Replace all 3 condensers, as having the wrong coils fitted will almost certainly have damaged them. Pressure test the motor before stripping it, as this will determine exactly where the leak is, and will save an awful lot of work.

You will also find that bikes pretty dangerous in the turns, as moving the shock mounts and fork tubes, will have reduced ground clearance quite a bit, and will mean center stand, pipes, and footrests will all ground out very easily.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:29 PM   #13
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I thought the H1's were always CDI . Seem to remember the little lightening bolt under the CDI badge on the old refrigerator white tanked ones.
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Old 09-04-2012, 02:41 PM   #14
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I thought the H1's were always CDI . Seem to remember the little lightening bolt under the CDI badge on the old refrigerator white tanked ones.
They were, even the 69 said Electric on the side cover meaning CDI. He is talking about replacing the pick up coils on the CDI he refers to them as condensers.
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Old 09-04-2012, 03:28 PM   #15
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H1A had CDI system, HIB points, and all the subsequent KH bikes CDI
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