1970 KAWASAKI H1
This project was pulled from a junk pile.
The machine; a Kawasaki H1. A triple cylinder two-stroke that was labeled the “widow maker” because of its abrupt power delivery, poor handling and brakes. This particular specimen had been sitting around in a small selection of back yards since the 80’s.
With parts missing and in unsalvageable disrepair, I turned to e-bay and set out to create an improved motorcycle for less money than doing a restoration.
The original peacock grey tank was a keeper as-is, but much of the rest got updated and repaired. It always seems to draw a crowd and personal stories from onlookers, especially those who enjoyed these in their heyday.
This cycle is a bit of a contradiction on wheels- an assault on most all of your senses while at the same time quite an enjoyable experience to ride around.
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