Kawaski H1D restoration

Discussion in 'Old's Cool' started by johnnyc14, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. johnnyc14

    johnnyc14 Been here awhile

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    After finishing my DT250A and the Honda CL450 projects I'm now working on a 73 Kawasaki Mach III. I'll update the pictures as I go but here's what I'm starting with. A rough but complete bike that I paid way too much money for because I always loved the sound of these things when I was a kid. Engine is seized but there's lot of parts available.

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    The bike only has 5100 original miles on it but they must have been hard miles.

    It's got a Harley style 16" rear wheel but I got the original wheel with the bike

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    why would anyone put that rear wheel on n H1!?
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    TW fully restored those go for silly money....like 20 grand.
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  4. Uncle Pollo

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    Build a trail bike out of that.

    Leave it to me on your will.
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    I rode a H2 on the dirt once.......ONCE. I was 17 and it scared me.
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    nobody ever T boned a Buick as hard as I did and walked away from it. My H1 didn't make it. :cry
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    the H2 first came out, I knew the owner of Mikes Kawasaki here in Albuquerque. He lived right up the street from me. I will never forget one of the coolest things I ever saw that he did one day. He had a brand new demo H2 at home for lunch on a hot summer day. I was out in the front yard of our house when he came by on his way back to work. We lived on a residential street about a quarter mile long from my house to the stop sign at the ned of our street. He came round the corner on the mighty H2 and looked at me and popped a wheelie all the way to the end of the street! I almost peed myself. I never figured within a month I would be able to do that on an H2.
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  9. caponerd

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    You're joking.

    If they're worth that much, I better drag all the bits out of the garage and get to work. Been sitting on an H1 project for 15 years. Haven't had enough incentive to spend any time on it.
    I have a complete bike in peices, a spare rolling chassis, a spare exhaust system, two gas tanks (one dented) a couple of core early model engines, a set of .5mm over pistons, a random collection of NOS parts that I bought from a Kawasaki dealer once....
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    start looking at the ones that sell on EBAy that have been fully restored....H2s and H1s.
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    I think that's on a you-tube video.
    I admire it for the skill and ingenuity that went into it, but I don't really like it all that much.
    If someone wanted to build a motorcycle from scratch with modern cycle parts, why not just use a modern engine. Those Kawasaki triple engines are cool in their own way, but there so many engines available that are so much better in every way.




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    Plus it is ugly as ass.
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    The thing is, if they're really going for that kind of money, I could do a full restoration and easily break even, or even come out ahead. I don't need any parts, just a crankshaft rebuild (needs new seals), rebore, painting, polishing and plating.

    Not that it would matter, I bought this bike new in 1975, and it would be fun to just have it back on the road.
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    If you do the majority of work yourself and the bike iis all there now you would be way ahead.
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    That exact model was my first big bike. I had chrome stingers on it not black. Koni shocks.
    Fun bike. Don't forget the swing arm bearing. The OEM was PLASTIC. I don't what they were thinking. There were several conversion kits to metal out at the time.
    It was actually not too insane a bike. The extra weight help keep the nose down. It was a great LA freeway bike. Narrow, and you did not need to make it do much turning.
    Have fun.
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    Caponerd,
    If you don't get around to tackling it soon, then you should just drag the bits down here to SF for me to throw together instead!

    I am quite aware that the Jaybuilt bike has been all over the place, including threads here. Everyone can call it what they want, but I honestly think it is a fantastic work of art. Whether or not I think it is as attractive as the original is irrelevant. The swingarm and underbelly tank are amazing enough alone. I would kill to get a chance to see how this handles in the twisties.

    There was a beautiful originalish Kawi at the SF 49 mile ride recently. Beautiful job with a professional looking matte black paint scheme and original style purple stickers. Not only was it an eye turner, but he wheelied down Portola in front of the pack after coming down from Twin Peaks. I'll throw up a photo when I get it online.

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    Hey, I've got an old photo of my H1F parked at Twin Peaks. I bought it from a shop in Half Moon Bay called Jackson Motors. Owned by David Jackson, who sold Kawasaki's as a way to keep the business open while he tinkered with his true obsession; old Velocettes. There were always a couple of them in the shop either for sale, or working on for a customer.
    He also sold Laverdas. (really sorry I didn't buy the SFC, but it was no quicker than the H1, and cost $1000 more)
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    I assume you know about the KTW and KTC forums (US and Canadian triple forums)? Good info there as well.
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    johnnyc14 Been here awhile

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    Thanks

    Yes, I've been there, lots of info for sure.
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    johnnyc14 Been here awhile

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    Here's the carnage, pretty ugly in there. It was a chore getting the cylinders off without breaking any fins.

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