Purchasing a Kawasaki H2, Yes or No?

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  1. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke Triumph Tiger. Because Resistance is Useless.

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    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 ‘72 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 didn’t want it, and was I still interested. Ok then, let’s go and have a look.


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    So, the thing came from a farm out near Emerald (WTF, rounding up the cows on that!). Anyway it’s 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, I’d have snapped it up, but it’s 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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  2. fayeslane

    fayeslane Rankest of amateurs

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  3. Doctor

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    Take this advise ! the bucket of money you will pour into it (bottom less) you will never make back :cry if you like it and restore it fine, just dont expect a return :evil

    ask him will he sell the EH wagon !
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  4. dirty dennis

    dirty dennis are we there yet

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    I think its a HR wagon. As for the 350 :nono
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  5. itsgunnahurt

    itsgunnahurt Gravity Enhanced!

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    tell 'im he's dreamin'
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  6. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke Triumph Tiger. Because Resistance is Useless.

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    Thanks, that's what I thought.

    This is one of the things I lust after:

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    Source:
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  7. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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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.:deal



    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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  8. BOOTLACE

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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......:huh:rofl
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  9. GodSilla

    GodSilla I did that.

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    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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  10. drzwalker

    drzwalker Been here awhile

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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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  11. Precis

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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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  12. lout

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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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    stormsearcher Been here awhile

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    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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  14. krisfront1

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    head to much work:D
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  15. stormsearcher

    stormsearcher Been here awhile

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    sorry thought it was the 500 or the 750. for a 350 buy a rd350 yam.
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  16. dirt_bloke

    dirt_bloke Triumph Tiger. Because Resistance is Useless.

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    When I was at this blokes place looking at the XL350, he was telling me a bit of a hard luck story, how all the toys had to go. He reckons he never rode the H2, he had rebuild the XL, what a good engine builder he was, which I'd believe because he could replace a piston without taking the barrel off! However Doctor, the HR wagon is never going to be sold.

    So, I get the phone call saying that the H2 was avaliable, but it's first buyers house. Ok, so I drive around there.
    Here's the bike, first thought, 350, I've seen a few, I know the difference. Second thought, POS. Heart goes, "cool we can rebuild this." Head goes, "WALK AWAY FROM THE BIKE NOW."

    However they offer me a beer, so ok, I'll have a closer look. It didn't get any better, on one shoulder the little voice is going "yeah we can fix that", the other shoulder is going "fuck off, where are you going to get the parts, this is going to cost a fortune, the thing is fucked. The kids on the farm attacked it with a hammer, how else did the tank and gauges get smashed like that."

    Then things got silly. After I've taken the tank off, and looked at all the dents, rust and dodgy fix up jobs, the BS starts coming thick and fast; "oh yeah, just bog it up", "that head stock is really strong, it's the arse end that let the bike down", "These things have a really solid frame", "I've got a mate with a 750 that gets 130HP at the rear wheel"

    FFS, have I got "Dick head" stamped in my forehead ?

    So, the young bloke who now doesn't want the bike has an XR600 in the shed. I suggest he bring it out to the track and have a blast around. He goes "Nobody would want to be on the track with me, 'cause I'm always so far sideways", Fuck me! Like nobody else on the track is going hard, and you're so good and side ways everybody else would freak out and run away? But then, "I haven't got the right carbies, so the bike wouldn't hook up, the u-beaut carbies that give me this really fat mid-range that keep the bike sideways are at a mates/stolen/got stuffed" (cannot remember, BS shields had gone into full defense mode)

    Anyway, after I say thanks but no thanks.

    Oh the joys of bike hunting!
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  17. itsgunnahurt

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    Wasnt the frame on these bike served "al dente"? Just like my spaghetti

    GOLD!
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  18. *nick*

    *nick* lost.

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    need i say more?

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    I had a KH400 with polished ports and heads with K & Ns and Ledar expansions, used to cackle to 6000rpm and then just launch to the red line with the front wheel in the air like a screaming banshee, it was wild.

    In the UK there used to be a drag bike called the "Freight Train" which was THREE H2 750 donks in a frame, it used to let out one almighty scream on the start line and just dissapear, f aaaaarkin awesome.
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