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.
This creation started out in a huge box exchanged for a hundred dollar bill.
The seller said everything was there, including a title. Not too bad of a deal I thought. Well, everything was there… but the frame was cut into pieces.
Why..? Eh, who cares?!? We got to make one- what fun!
A bunch of steel and a welder and we were off. We were willing to scrap it if it didn’t work out, but it all came together into “It”.
Attached cup holders and now we take it to the coffee shop when we can’t (or don’t want to) beat feet.