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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-13-2006, 06:35 PM Thread Starter
 
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Want the bike that helped start the sport bike craze?

Here's your chance to own the bike that help start it all. It's restored and absolutely gorgeous

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Kawas...04027712QQrdZ1


It's has 65 bids and it's sitting at $17,900. Next bid meets reserve.

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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-13-2006, 06:37 PM
 
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Sweet ass ride. I feel bad because Ebay and Paypal are gonna hit him with some major fees at that price.
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Sweet ass ride. I feel bad because Ebay and Paypal are gonna hit him with some major fees at that price.
It says this:
Payment methods: Cashier's Check (certified from US or Canadian bank) or money order,
Cash (in person)


No Paypal fees if you don't use paypal. That would save some $$$
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It says this:
Payment methods: Cashier's Check (certified from US or Canadian bank) or money order,
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No Paypal fees if you don't use paypal. That would save some $$$
I stand corrected.
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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-13-2006, 08:08 PM
 
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wow, i always wanted an old kawi 2 stroke trip, but i didnt know they were so in demand. That one is an absolute beauty! Please tell me there are affordable, rideable, H1's out there.
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wow, i always wanted an old kawi 2 stroke trip, but i didnt know they were so in demand. That one is an absolute beauty! Please tell me there are affordable, rideable, H1's out there.
If it's been maintained, and is rideable, then it's not affordable. If it's affordable it needs serious repairs.
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If it's been maintained, and is rideable, then it's not affordable. If it's affordable it needs serious repairs.
not what i wanted to hear, but if its true its true. Ok so what is a 500cc 2 stroker that i can afford?
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wow, i always wanted an old kawi 2 stroke trip, but i didnt know they were so in demand. That one is an absolute beauty! Please tell me there are affordable, rideable, H1's out there.
You can get a real nice H1 500 for $1500 -$2500. The H2 750 will go for more as they didn't make as many of them.

The one in the auction is absolutely perfect and also a first year of that model. That's why is so expensive.
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-13-2006, 09:44 PM
 
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Thats do-able. I would really like to find one locally so i can have a look around it, Hear it, smell it-
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Pretty sweet. That is ass expensive for a bike.
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That is a sweet classic!




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post #12 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-14-2006, 12:34 AM
 
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Thats do-able. I would really like to find one locally so i can have a look around it, Hear it, smell it-

I am old enough to have had new examples of the 250, 500, and the widowmaker 750. They were great bikes for the time. Having had the pleasure of riding some modern sportbikes I would do nothing but look, hear and smell those classics. The early 500's particularly were BAD handling bikes. I scared myself badly enough to stop riding for many years.

It is much like the muscle cars of the sixties. They are fun to play with and the torque gives a ride that is unforgetable but they turn like an ocean liner and get their clocks cleaned by new 4cyls.
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I am old enough to have had new examples of the 250, 500, and the widowmaker 750. They were great bikes for the time. Having had the pleasure of riding some modern sportbikes I would do nothing but look, hear and smell those classics. The early 500's particularly were BAD handling bikes. I scared myself badly enough to stop riding for many years.

It is much like the muscle cars of the sixties. They are fun to play with and the torque gives a ride that is unforgetable but they turn like an ocean liner and get their clocks cleaned by new 4cyls.
I rode both my H1 500's hard but NEVER went " knee dragging " with them. They got extremely unstable when leaned too far. You literally moved your ass to the inside of the seat to keep the bike more upright thru the turns.

If you ever see any of the mid 70s road racing, the guys on the H1's and H2's rode with that style. I imagine the newer sticky tires will help, but it's still 30 some year old technology

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ive heard all the stories of the wet noodle frames on the old bikes. Id like to put an old 2 stroke trip in a better frame and see what happens.
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Thats a mondo bike, kewl to see one in good shape. There popular at the drag strip, but i always wanted a bid bad trip to boot around on, what a classic
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ive heard all the stories of the wet noodle frames on the old bikes. Id like to put an old 2 stroke trip in a better frame and see what happens.
They fixed the "frame problem" starting with the '72 model year. It was actually small (short) swing arm bushings and crappy shocks that earned them the "wet noodle" award.
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They fixed the "frame problem" starting with the '72 model year. It was actually small (short) swing arm bushings and crappy shocks that earned them the "wet noodle" award.
so would a '72 and up (like yours ) be something 'useable'? more than just for kicks on a saturday?
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I rode both my H1 500's hard but NEVER went " knee dragging " with them. They got extremely unstable when leaned too far. You literally moved your ass to the inside of the seat to keep the bike more upright thru the turns.

If you ever see any of the mid 70s road racing, the guys on the H1's and H2's rode with that style. I imagine the newer sticky tires will help, but it's still 30 some year old technology

Jeff
One of my most vivid memories of racing "back in the day" was seeing Yvonne Duhamel (Miguel's dad) riding just such a bike at Mosport racetrack. He had phenomenal control. It gave me shivers even to imagine trying to ride something that diabolical the way he did.

I too never had the skill (or maybe cojones) to ride thru that frame flexing and twitchiness and stuck to simply riding hard but safe.

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so would a '72 and up (like yours ) be something 'useable'? more than just for kicks on a saturday?
I agree that the later models were somewhat better but I think anyone who has learned on more modern bikes would be very disappointed or frightened by the handling. Modern tires will help a lot but as Jeff pointed out, it is thirty year old technology. What was acceptable and indeed considered "state of the art" then would now be absolutely ridiculed as junk compared to modern bikes.

Not to be critical as they were the most fun available then and gave a ride you would not soon forget. I think that they should only be used as Saturday night kicks bikes though.

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i used to kick around on a '74 CL350, so i know whats there or not there. Seam pressed frame, drum brakes, AWEFUL tires, but it saw daily duty. Not to say its a H1, but i know the decade.
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