acotrel wrote:Rohan, H1 Kawasakis were fast and didn't handle too badly unless you got silly with one.
You must have your rose-tinted glasses back on ?
I can still recall the first time I saw a H1, ever.
Owner gave it the berries, and it responded by heading towards the trees
- we thought he was gone ! But recovered, somehow.
But maybe he was just being silly ??
Didn't the press dub it the 'widowmaker' ?
With obvious 20/20 hindsight, the Mk3 was no match for a Z1.
Buyers have always gone for the biggest latest and greatest - and the Z1 was no exception.
If the Mk3 had been 950cc, it probably could have picked up a few more sales ???!!!
The Z1 was unproven at that stage though, so some buyers stuck with what they knew.
As it was, a friend bought a Mk2 Commando in 1976, new, sitting in a showroom for 2 years.
Older model, sales gloss has gone off, becomes hard to shift, even with price discount.
Look at all the older year model bikes still sitting in showrooms in the USA.
On ebay, you can pick up new older bikes that are 2, 3 and even 4 years old, brand new..
Hefty discount, of course - killing the used bike values too.
A sign of tough times, for some anyway. ?