Matt Spencer wrote:How many yards of water pipe did they weld in the Kawa chassis for Enduro Raceing , or was it an Egli Chassis . :shoc
http://www.kzrider.com/forum/2-engine/3 ... ce-article
"Len Atlee’s Norton Interstate ran out of brakes and crashed after one-and-a-half hours. The eight laps lost in the pits was the exact distance Len lost by at the finish."
1972 , H2750 . Bar some idiot forgetting to put new disc pads in , about even .
After that entries dominated by whizz bangs as far as twins went , like TX 750s . Which fell apart .
Machines stripped for measureing PRE race by 75 ./ most were run by ' keen youngh men '.
Some had know n how to build and could be bothered with a British Twin , earlier .
Commercial Pressures and scale / inavailability & indifferance were prime reasons for the demise .
The Kawaskis handling & roadholding attributes .
And WHO was responsable for THIS .
Not sure whether or not the Z1 was ever a bike that was used for enduro racing............maybe a bit on the heavy side? In endurance racing though Z1 powered bikes were probably the most successful ever used, easily able to run for 24 hours most of the time almost flat out.
Endurance racing is a very good measure of the attributes of a road going machine, and anything which handles and goes well enough to succeed here is a very good choice for anyone looking for a road going machine suitable for riding very fast.
The fact that other than Mead and Tomkinson modified A65 BSA twins, no Brit bikes were worthy of mention in this form of racing, is certainly reflective of their longevity on the road if ridden hard.