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Old 04-25-2013, 07:24 AM   #7216
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Dude that is awesome! I know where one is sitting in BAD shape for $250 but most of it is there...love the old smokers!
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:45 AM   #7217
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Nice ride! I like the suspension mods. Love the old 2 strokes, long time H2 guy. Have you checked your tach calibration? It sounds like it's about 1500 low when reading 7500. Then again, my ear could be out of calibration!

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Old 04-25-2013, 10:28 AM   #7218
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Nice ride! I like the suspension mods. Love the old 2 strokes, long time H2 guy. Have you checked your tach calibration? It sounds like it's about 1500 low when reading 7500. Then again, my ear could be out of calibration!

Cheers, keep smokin'!
Yes I verified the tach calibration with a Trailtech that I temporarily mounted, but do not like it permanently in place of the vintage gauge. Gosh, if it were 1500rpm low that would be something.... and result in some smoldering pistons and cracked skirts at 9000RPM.

The jury is still out on the gauge setup though, as I may switch over to lighter electronics and make it very clean and minimalistic. I am torn about this since I think the OE gauges provide the vintage/modern blended look that I like. On the other hand I can save more weight and make it look cleaner??? Undecided.

Love the Kaw H1 & H2, they are beasts!
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:07 AM   #7219
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'79 XS1100...100% turnkey
Now that is a bike!

Don't make 'em that beautiful anymore.

Lots of good riding to you Ben!
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Old 04-26-2013, 05:17 AM   #7220
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Yes, that is a great example of a classic touring machine. Gotta love it.
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Old 04-26-2013, 10:41 AM   #7221
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Yes I verified the tach calibration with a Trailtech that I temporarily mounted, but do not like it permanently in place of the vintage gauge. Gosh, if it were 1500rpm low that would be something.... and result in some smoldering pistons and cracked skirts at 9000RPM.

The jury is still out on the gauge setup though, as I may switch over to lighter electronics and make it very clean and minimalistic. I am torn about this since I think the OE gauges provide the vintage/modern blended look that I like. On the other hand I can save more weight and make it look cleaner??? Undecided.

Love the Kaw H1 & H2, they are beasts!
Good to hear it's my ear out of cal, old age I guess! I meant it sounded more like 6000... What did you use as a donor bike? I am thinking of doing a similar suspension/brake/wheel swap on a '78 Z1R.
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Old 04-26-2013, 12:33 PM   #7222
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Good to hear it's my ear out of cal, old age I guess! I meant it sounded more like 6000... What did you use as a donor bike? I am thinking of doing a similar suspension/brake/wheel swap on a '78 Z1R.
Front and rear end are all Suzuki bits from Hayabusa and GSXR, of course you recognize the ZRX shocks. The wheels are Busa also. Good luck with the Z1R, cool bike for sure!
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Old 04-26-2013, 07:47 PM   #7223
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Way, Way back when.... I had a H2 ... I have lately, on more than one occasion dreamed about what that little aircooled and light simple engine would do in in a modern 600 chassis .....

Just wondering ......

This bike is the closest to that idea.
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Old 04-28-2013, 11:28 PM   #7224
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A few pics from the local swap meet Tsawwassen BC Canada

The parking lot is where the cool stuff is!
Check out the mileage on the RZ350!
One of the two '73 Z1's only had 8500 miles indicated and looked like original paint.





































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Old 04-29-2013, 06:47 AM   #7225
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Bet you're having regrets about selling your H2.... (I'm guessing this by the amount of Kawi shots here). The parking lot was always where all the fun was. It was amazing what you saw there, because you never see them riding on the street during the season.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:26 AM   #7226
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The parking lot is where the cool stuff is!
Check out the mileage on the RZ350!
One of the two '73 Z1's only had 8500 miles indicated and looked like original paint.





































And too many good one in the back ground to mention.
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Old 04-29-2013, 07:34 AM   #7227
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Way, Way back when.... I had a H2 ... I have lately, on more than one occasion dreamed about what that little aircooled and light simple engine would do in in a modern 600 chassis .....

Just wondering ......

This bike is the closest to that idea.
The Modern suspension GT750 and ported motor work wonderfully together. Part of the charm for me is the combination of old and new parts assembled together to make a modern vintage bike.

The H2 is a nasty motor for sure, and transplanted into a modern frame would be sweet! Especially, if you could capture the the essence of the original H2 look in the updated hardware.
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Old 04-29-2013, 04:44 PM   #7228
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Sweet ride! Must be nasty as all hell when you snap the throtle just as it's in the power band!
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Old 04-30-2013, 02:36 PM   #7229
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The Modern suspension GT750 and ported motor work wonderfully together. Part of the charm for me is the combination of old and new parts assembled together to make a modern vintage bike.

The H2 is a nasty motor for sure, and transplanted into a modern frame would be sweet! Especially, if you could capture the the essence of the original H2 look in the updated hardware.
One advantage is that the GT750 was a more robust bike, That gave you a good chassis to start with. My old H2, the frame flexed so much you could see the front frame tubes spread under hard (With a 1970's single caliper brake) braking, and the front wheel moving back and forth and up and down

But you hit the nail on the head with this quote....
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if you could capture the the essence of the original H2 look in the updated hardware
And that got me thinking... The good news for me is that I do not have an H1 or H2 engine in my barn or a modern chassis to stuff it in.

You,did capture the essence with your Water buffalo
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Old 04-30-2013, 04:32 PM   #7230
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Mach Z thanks

Thanks for posting the great swap meet photos !
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