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Re: 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple 2-stroke, Blue
« Reply #25 on: January 31, 2014, 08:31:22 pm »
My brother in law has a small stack of em.  Here's a few from his home garage.  It just ain't right.

That goes way beyond "Not Right"...  It's practically criminal...  I'd love another H2...

I had 3 triples : the 400, the 500, and the 750 - all at different times (I never managed to be able to afford more than one street bike at a time...)

My 750 was bored (don't remember how much) and had giant pea-shooter expansion chambers on it - I did high 11's in the quarter, and one of the pro's at the local track did mid 10's on my bike - I was twice his size, and more than a little scared of wheelie'ing the bike right over to do any faster than I did.  Just about flipped it a few times as it was...   

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Rev, I think the Greek word "pleonexia" applies here.............to your BIL's wanton lust for bikes.

Hmmm......a little exegesis and you might have a sermon.....although there would be some home life collateral damage I'm sure! :104:

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Re: 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple 2-stroke, Blue
« Reply #26 on: January 31, 2014, 08:50:50 pm »
No body calls me chicken...

But that doesn't change the fact of it.   :rotflmao:

ClassVino, last time I was wandering through his shops, he had maybe 5 more H2's in boxes.  Most if not all of them were blue IIRC.  I told him that "I" was kinda wanting another H2 and he was supposed to figure me up a deal several times, but I still haven't heard the word.  Might need to call him again, but then I really can't afford one anyway... not and get my other junk going.  I know he hauled a whole mess of stuff to Barber last year (17 bikes my lil sis said).  Not sure what went or if it was anything other than junk.  He goes through lots of bikes in every condition.  Triples are a passion of his (and mine and everyone else I guess) so I'm pretty sure his intact bikes stayed home, but the project machines may have gone away.  He has had some terrible health problems the past couple of years.  He's doing better now, but lost 2/3 of his intestines. They just died inside him and had to be removed.  They've had a rough go.
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Re: 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple 2-stroke, Blue
« Reply #27 on: February 01, 2014, 02:26:09 pm »
ouch, thats a rough deal for sure. my mom went thru this as well and actually died twice. they brought her back... she wishes they hadn't. she spent 4 months in hospital and 3 months in icu! now she has a ostomy bag (for 2nd time).

it's crazy that stuff just decides to stop working and die off, then get infected!!

anyway... my ol h2 was bored several times (pesky wrist pin clips) and nearly impossible to keep front wheel on ground till we stretched swingarm 8". then would roast rear tire. added a wider 16" wheel and hit a good combo. nothing could touch it in 1/4. that was 1982 or 83. i had great fun on that bike till i seized crank.  >:(

i hope your bro in laws health continues to improve. mom is back home but still fighting problems. and now... depression is one of em.
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Re: 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple 2-stroke, Blue
« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2014, 05:03:20 pm »
No body calls me chicken...

But that doesn't change the fact of it.   :rotflmao:

ClassVino, last time I was wandering through his shops, he had maybe 5 more H2's in boxes.  Most if not all of them were blue IIRC.  I told him that "I" was kinda wanting another H2 and he was supposed to figure me up a deal several times, but I still haven't heard the word.  Might need to call him again, but then I really can't afford one anyway... not and get my other junk going.  I know he hauled a whole mess of stuff to Barber last year (17 bikes my lil sis said).  Not sure what went or if it was anything other than junk.  He goes through lots of bikes in every condition.  Triples are a passion of his (and mine and everyone else I guess) so I'm pretty sure his intact bikes stayed home, but the project machines may have gone away.  He has had some terrible health problems the past couple of years.  He's doing better now, but lost 2/3 of his intestines. They just died inside him and had to be removed.  They've had a rough go.

Why doesn't he just let you ride whatever you want? I hope those bikes do not just sit there. Sad to think they never get out to breath. Kind of like the selfish Dad that has an old Muscle Car in the garage that only he can drive. And his son tells everyone about it but never gets a chance to drive it. One of the greatest days of my life was when I threw the keys to my KZ900 to my Son and told him to have fun. My friends ride it as well.
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Re: 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple 2-stroke, Blue
« Reply #29 on: February 01, 2014, 05:42:50 pm »
There is a gorgeous 1972 H2 Mach IV for sale on eBay. About 1 day left, and the bidding is to $7,600 about, which these days is frankly not too much for the machine.

I talked to the owner, he has even found and replaced the front fender bolts with original bolts, nuts, and washers, and found the black plastic knobs that hold the two side covers (one is the 2-stroke oil tank). So other than the expansion chamber in place of stock 4 muffler configuration and the larger 34mm Mikuni carbs, she is pretty bone stock. If it were mine I'd leave it as it, the 4 muffler expansion chamber pipe is awesome.

I had one back when they were brand new. Gawd I wish I had kept it!

JR, you mean 3 mufflers, no? Just the sound of the H2 and H1 is practically reason to have one, not to mention the thrill of the ride.  Mechanical music! My H1 didn't have chambers on it (starving student), but it still went like heck.  Fortunately it had a disc brake retrofitted at the front.  I remember having it wound tight in 5th on a straight section of Topanga Canyon Bl. above L.A. riding with a buddy and his H1, trying to see whose was "better".  Kawi actually toned down the power on these with porting changes for the later models.

Wiki quote: In 1972, the 750 cc Kawasaki H2 Mach IV was introduced and was essentially a scaled-up version of the H1 500. A stock H2 was rated at 12.0 seconds for the quarter mile (402 m). Updated with more power and better front disc brakes, the H2 became the undisputed king of the streets, even beating legendary muscle cars of the era such as the Plymouth Hemi Cuda. It was notoriously dangerous, being prone to up-and-over wheelies and speed wobbles. The dangerous handling characteristics arising from its mediocre frame design caused it to be nicknamed the "Widowmaker" by motorcycle enthusiasts of the 1970s.
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Re: 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple 2-stroke, Blue
« Reply #30 on: February 10, 2014, 07:51:16 am »
 
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A stock H2 was rated at 12.0 seconds for the quarter mile (402 m).
A Z1 was rated the same. According to my recollection, My stock 74 Z1 was never out ran in a standing start 1/4 mile by a stock H2. Course I was about a buck fifty and not so bright. 
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Re: 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple 2-stroke, Blue
« Reply #31 on: February 18, 2014, 12:37:59 am »
I have a 75 H1 I bought from a guy at work.  Drove it home. It is mostly stock but needs some work. Trying to decide if I want to work on it or sell it.

Need some cash to help you with your decision :)
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Re: 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple 2-stroke, Blue
« Reply #32 on: February 18, 2014, 09:08:53 pm »
I have a 75 H1 I bought from a guy at work.  Drove it home. It is mostly stock but needs some work. Trying to decide if I want to work on it or sell it.

If you do not need the money I would sit on it. They go up every year. Lets see some pics! And what did you pay for the running H2?
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Re: 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple 2-stroke, Blue
« Reply #33 on: February 18, 2014, 10:44:28 pm »
$500.

I'll be keeping it.  ;D

I'm trying sell my house so it would be one less thing to move is my only reason to sell it right now. I'll try to get some pictures but it's out back and there is a lot of snow in the way.

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Re: 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Triple 2-stroke, Blue
« Reply #34 on: February 18, 2014, 10:56:38 pm »
I think that I recall: Turbo Max was trying to give away a H1 in another discussion.
I'll see if I can find the discussion.
He had a video of it running. Not running,,, real good, but running!

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