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Not with you riding Matt, `cause you`d never get near the powerband...[Oooh, legendary fear-factor]... even in 1st gear.
I`ve caned a big fat fast P.R. Suzuki GSX 1100, it was a wallowing hippo compared to Suzuki`s own RG 500, which could waste it in a straight line too.
 
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Actually , A Commando , with a standard cam in it , if its running , IS in the POWERBAND . Which is enough to deal with a XS 1100 . IF its properly put together .

Can remember your 500 Triumph struggling at 70 mph , where Dougs just wound out way past the Ton . Then I guess he was the better mechanic , experiance again . :wink:

Yea , most jap bikes are cheap and nasty . I guess it rubs off on the owners .

Paul had no trouble getting 2nds at Bay Park with two g wotsit whixzz bangs in the field , only real issue was off the line and overheating the stoppers . But I guess he had way past twice your experiance and could ride way past twice as well as you . On either .

Lots of dick heads hit things and fall off , in town . eh . :lol:
 
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We'll actually put it at 100 times , or is it two hundred ? youre raceing experiance . Had a half share in the old cow when he first bought it ,
at the tail end of the 1100 Katana domination , these were the first RG 500 s to come out . Neville Hiscock was getting 4ths there ( Bay Park ) .
They were kowtowing at the workshop at Kemu .

Pillion down the Brenderwins ( mountain ) throttle on , late brakeing , look at the 1:40 > 2.00 , understeering under brakeing into the apex ,
requires a fim grip on things . ( or ejector seat and parachute ) . Problem with a katana was 110 mph touring . Cars would pull out . Even
with the Headlamp ON . :? He thought that somewhat annoying , about three per trip , ea way .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brm2e4DZib0 Down the Brenderwins , from the top , heading south .

Hen & Chickins , from the top . , was the northern view from Mangawhai , these hills are ' the Hills out the Back ' .

 
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Matt Spencer said:
We'll actually put it at 100 times , or is it two hundred ? youre raceing experiance . Had a half share in the old cow when he first bought it ,
at the tail end of the 1100 Katana domination , these were the first RG 500 s to come out . Neville Hiscock was getting 4ths there ( Bay Park ) .
They were kowtowing at the workshop at Kemu .

Pillion down the Brenderwins ( mountain ) throttle on , late brakeing , look at the 1:40 > 2.00 , understeering under brakeing into the apex ,
requires a fim grip on things . ( or ejector seat and parachute ) . Problem with a katana was 110 mph touring . Cars would pull out . Even
with the Headlamp ON . :? He thought that somewhat annoying , about three per trip , ea way .

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brm2e4DZib0 Down the Brenderwins , from the top , heading south .

Hen & Chickins , from the top . ,
hobot..... is that you?
 
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From: Cycle Guide , Dec `71, H2 test;
"The acceleration at 60 or 70 is phenomenal. You can just screw it on in 5th gear & barrel by, or you can drop the gearbox one cog & make like a jet with the afterburner cut in. And 3rd gear acceleration from 60 to 85 must be experienced to be believed...
For normal touring, even with 2 aboard, the engine never works hard. You quickly run through the gears to 5th, & then forget about shifting again until it's time to stop. This machine has negated the last great advantage of the big 4-stroke..."
 
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Matt, back in the day, I rode my H2 [with missus & luggage on board] from Auckland to Taupo in 2hr 20mins, including gas stops, ~ 25mpg @ ton-up cruise, no problem. Nowadays, on the over-policed highway at semi legal [70mph] speed the H2 is barely on the main jet , & at less than 4,000rpm in top, gets 35+mpg..
 
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From Cycle Guide, Sept` 74, H2B test.
"The Kawasaki H2B is perhaps the best remaining example of the superbike concept - where performance is paramount & very little interferes with it.
Its superbike character is manifest in its engine, which has more power & performance than any other 750 street machine...the enthusiast who has watched the high performance machines of a few years ago fade into blandness as they gained refinement will find the Kawasaki Mach IV a refreshing change.
Its manners may have improved a bit, but its performance is still there, ready to cut down almost anything at the next stop-light."
 
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From the Graeme Crosby Memoir;P.30: Racing an H2 [standard production bike].
"I drove down-country to the recently completed Manfield racetrack.Its new surface was smooth & fast. Chris Amon had something to do with its layout. Some corners were banked & for once it was a track with some width to it, & no poles or hay bales to worry about...Being mid-winter it was freezing cold, & the track facilities were quite basic with only cattle yards for shelter. The wind blew from the south & it was raining on & off. I had entered 3 races on the H2, two production events & the Grand Prix which was open to all comers on any capacity machines. My qualifying time in the wet was surprising in that it was only 3 secs slower than the fastest time in a dry session.That made me nervous, but after winning the 1st race by a country mile I felt my nerves had settled down & I was beginning to enjoy myself.
The AMCO Open Grand Prix race was scheduled to be run midway through the day & had just about every top rider in N.Z. entered. Avant, Boote, Collison, Discombe & runner-up in the 500cc World Championship in `70, Ginger Molloy.
The start was furious, ducking & diving amongst the water spray trying to get into position for the 1st corner. It was wild, with bikes in all directions, but I came out of the corner right up Molloy's exhaust pipe. We traded places for a number of laps, with me getting the better of Ginger on the corners but being blown off down the straights. Ginger had a little 'oops' & slid off his Yamaha TZ 350 without injury, late in the race, leaving me alone out front. I cruised the remaining laps to the finish flag to win my biggest race to date. Topping the day off with another easy win in the 2nd production race by a big margin made it 3 from 3...Of course I was rapt."
 
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G.Crosby remarks about racing against the new Z1,
"We didn`t know too much about the new Z1 900, but felt our older & lighter 2-stroke would be faster..."
& from The Kawasaki Story by I. Falloon,
"...even after the advent of the Z1 the H2 continued to have an excellent record in production racing...in N.Z...particularly on short street circuits, where their combination of moderate weight & excellent acceleration was ideal...were almost unbeatable..."
 
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Production standard H2s were successfully raced on the other side of the world too, although Kawasaki themselves preferred, promoted & actively backed their Z1 models for their own inscrutable/internal politics reasons... http://www.kawi2strokes.com/forum/viewt ... =22&t=1350
If you read the riders post, wherein he describes grounding the clutch case in a high speed sweeper, well - that`d surely be a considered view of how hard the old H2 can be ridden...
 
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From 'Motor Cycle' Sept 15, `73;
An advert for the London Motorcycle Centre offers used bikes,
1, a " `72 Norton Interstate. Fitted with new main bearings...@ 469 quid"..
& 2, a " `72 Kawasaki 750 H2, immaculate condition thoughout..@ 569 " quid..
 
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Editorial comment from Classic Bike Oct`12, Ben Miller writes:
" It's 40 years since Kawasaki unleashed the H2 Mach IV, & arguably the world has yet to come up with a wilder machine...the 750 2-stroke cannot be beaten when it comes to visceral thrills...after a ride on one I prescribe a stiff drink & a lie down."
 
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Some people regard 1st generation disc brakes as shit, due to their high lever pressures & wooden feel by comparison to modern disc set-ups.
The evidence shows however, that if you are prepared to haul on `em they do work..
Cycle World tested an H2 back in March `72 that stopped in 111.7 ft from 60 mph, & thats not too shabby, even by current standards..
 
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