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H1 Cafe Kawasaki

Post  chuckspeed on Thu 2 Dec - 17:57

This is the only surviving pic of my 1973 H1 cafe bike. It had a race ported motor and short gearing to challenge modern sportbikes on the street. I sunk the tail light in the rear cover, added a set of Tomaselli's and removed the front fender. It was a challenge to ride; when you knew you were going to light the wick, you had to sit on the gas tank to keep the front end on the ground. This was a delicate balance, as if the weight was too far forward, the rear tyre would spin as the motor came on the pipe It's okay at low speeds, but could be a little hairy near 100 kmh.

I sold the bike to a dealer in Germany who paid a pretty price for it. He return it to stock and sold it for twice my selling price. It's over in Germany somewhere - louder than a stock bike as it's running shortened baffles to add power - which made the motor even more peaky. I really enjoyed surprising modern sportbike riders with it!




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Post  650zed on Fri 3 Dec - 18:37

One of the most beautifull and impressive bikes ever!

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Post  Stimy on Fri 3 Dec - 20:14

damn that's a sweet Kawa!!
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Post  chuckspeed on Fri 3 Dec - 21:19

Stimy wrote:damn that's a sweet Kawa!!

Sorry - that's the only pic I have of the bike. It was an evil little bike - sounded like a weedwacker and was VERY peaky. No torque down low, but once it came into its powerband it went like stink. It was a small bike, too - when I put the Tomasellis on, my face was over the front wheel . Helped keep the front wheel on the ground.

I should have kept it, but it wasn't all that fun to ride. Didn't handle well.

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