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Old 06-17-2011, 12:04 AM   #1
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Purchasing a Kawasaki H2, Yes or No?

Am I going mad or was this a sensible decision?


There was an advert in a local paper for a Kawasaki H2 750 for $1000. So, all excited I phone up but, the bike has gone. Had a bit of a yarn, the bloke has also has a Ď72 XL 350. Thinking that this maybe a good classic dirt tracker, so I went around this morning to have a look. Not that impressive, but worth the trip.


About 11am the phone rings, apparently the Kawasaki was a 350, not a 750. The other bloke didnít want it, and was I still interested. Ok then, letís go and have a look.





So, the thing came from a farm out near Emerald (WTF, rounding up the cows on that!). Anyway itís in rather poor condition.


Forks straight, but badly pitted. Top triple clamp fractured on fork clamps.
Front rim & spokes u/s. Rear spokes also u/s. Rear rim sort of ok.
Gauges both had smashed lenses. Smashed headlight, indicators u/s, seized hand controls.
Tank rusty, dented, evidence of leaking.
Engine missing drive sprocket and oil pump covers. Broken head fins on left and right heads. Missing air cleaner to carby boots, side covers.
Pipes original, a bit dinged up, missing baffles, but repairable. The foot controls are sloppy.
Oil tank u/s, re-wiring needed, seat u/s but base is ok, rear indicators us, tail light smashed.
And finally the frame needs blasting and a good inspection before restoration.

So, is this like finding an advert for a GTHO and finding out it is a 6cyl XY? If it was the 750, Iíd have snapped it up, but itís like taking a poor substitute. However, I may be missing out a tasty and classy thing to fang around.

After restoring the XL500, and putting the thing on the track, I know how much work is involved... Heart says yeah, but the head says to stay clear..

What do you lot think?
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:08 AM   #2
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:13 AM   #3
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Take this advise ! the bucket of money you will pour into it (bottom less) you will never make back if you like it and restore it fine, just dont expect a return

ask him will he sell the EH wagon !
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:17 AM   #4
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I think its a HR wagon. As for the 350
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:25 AM   #5
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:27 AM   #6
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Thanks, that's what I thought.

This is one of the things I lust after:



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Originally Posted by Roland Brown
Take a ride on Kawasaki's 750 H2 now, in these times of safety-consciousness and environmental awareness, and the legendary two-stroke triple would seem like a bike from another planet. Fast, loud, smoky, vibratory, thirsty and evil-handling, the H2 and its predecessor the Mach IV were outrageously anti-social even by the somewhat lax standards of the early Seventies. Kawasaki pulled no punches in setting out to establish the snarling stroker's performance credentials. The first paragraph of their brochure read:
'The Kawasaki 750 Mach IV has only one purpose in life: to give you the most exciting and exhilarating performance. It's so quick it demands the razor-sharp reactions of an experienced rider. It's a machine you must take seriously.' They weren't joking. The original aircooled 748cc motor put out 74bhp, which was enough to send the triple screaming to 120mph while spewing clouds of oily blue smoke from its exhausts. Light weight and a short wheelbase meant fearsome acceleration and plenty of wheelies. Awful fuel consumption - around 22mpg was common - necessitated frequent fill-ups, but the upright riding position and tingling engine vibration meant the rider was often relieved to stop. And sometimes relieved to be alive, for the triple's handling was even more notorious than its engine performance.
The Mach IV, in particular, was distinctly lively, combining a none-too-strong frame with crude suspension with the result that its chassis was all too prone to high-speed tankslappers. Add in the poor wet-weather tire and braking performance typical of the bikes of the time, and the results were frequently disastrous. The H2, introduced a year later in 1974, was slightly more sane all round. Its motor was less smoky (and 3bhp less powerful); its chassis more stable thanks to less-steep forks and a longer wheelbase. But the H2 was still by far the nastiest, most aggressive and most outrageous bike on the street. Racing was an obvious progression, and the Kawasaki factory triples, nicknamed 'Green Meanies,' notched plenty of wins in the mid-Seventies, notably in the hands of Mick Grant, Barry Ditchburn and Yvon Duhamel. But tightening emission controls, especially in California, spelled doom for big road-going two-strokes. The H2's reign of motorcycling terror was relatively short


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http://www.motorcyclespecs.co.za/mod...awasaki_h2.htm
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Old 06-17-2011, 12:31 AM   #7
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When these triples were being sold new, Kawasaki guaranteed that the 500cc bike would do 125mph and the 750cc bike would run to 127mph, off the showroom floor. If they didn't, Kawasaki said they would give you a new one.

I wish manufacturers had that much confidence in their products today.



And no, stay away from it, particularly at that price. It's prolly worth $250 for the motor, and that's it.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:14 AM   #8
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Always bin a bit sad about getting rid of my H2 Mach4. But hey, that's life. It certainly taught me a lot about riding while I had it......
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:47 AM   #9
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Always bin a bit sad about getting rid of my H2 Mach4. But hey, that's life.
Getting rid of it is indeed life, Bootie, as ongoing ownership leads invariably to death.
Rubber frames containing fat, juicy powerbands were never a recipe for longevity.
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:50 AM   #10
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Gday, a mate had one 30 yrs ago, it was crap then dont think it would have improved with age!
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Old 06-17-2011, 02:51 AM   #11
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BUY! BUY! BUY!
You know you'll regret it if you don't....
Just argue the price down. A lot.
Think of the fun you'll have, trawling the net for hours on end, dredging parts from obscure places - and the missus will know you're in the shed, not the pub.
If I didn't have a queue of similar projects, I'd have it - and I know nix about restoring Jappie two-strokes!
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:02 AM   #12
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Do it !! but get it cheaper than 1k. those are kawa 2 stokes have magic about them.
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:31 AM   #13
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h2

buy the h2 and spend tons of money restoring it to its wild evil handling point to point rocket.its the journey not the goal.if it feels right just do it.
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:38 AM   #14
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Old 06-17-2011, 03:45 AM   #15
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sorry thought it was the 500 or the 750. for a 350 buy a rd350 yam.
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