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Posted Wed Mar 14, 2012, 10:19am
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CraigA Said:

I'd think so Ian, never knew about a GT250.

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Craig, in the U.S. I recall that Suzuki had a water cooled 2 stroke 750cc.  Was that a later adaptation to your model (but with higher cc)?

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Posted Wed Mar 14, 2012, 10:56am
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Hey Len,

You're right, & going off the top of my head, Suzy had a 3 cyclinder water cooled 2 stroke & it had the nickname "Water Buffalo". {;-)

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Posted Fri Mar 16, 2012, 2:50am
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CraigA Said:

I'd think so Ian, never knew about a/the GT250.

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It wasn't as fast as the RD250 and it handled like a wardrobe, other than that, it was fine.  ;)


We also had the GT380 and GT550 2stroke triples, I take it you didn't have those? The GT750 was known here as the kettle - I recently bought a jacket off a bloke who had spent months restoring one to concours condition, rode it once, decided he didn't like riding in modern traffic so sold it.  :/

 
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Posted Fri Mar 16, 2012, 5:56am
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It wasn't as fast as the RD250 and it handled like a wardrobe, other than that, it was fine.  ;)

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lol!

We also had the GT380 and GT550 2stroke triples, I take it you didn't have those?

No, the two bikes I mentioned were the only 2 I ever owned. My brother however, owned more. He started out with a 1974 Yamaha RD350, then a 1975 Kawasaki H2 750 triple 2 stroke, finishing with a 1980 Honda Goldwing 1100.


The GT750 was known here as the kettle - I recently bought a jacket off a bloke who had spent months restoring one to concours condition, rode it once, decided he didn't like riding in modern traffic so sold it.  :/

I did read on my Google link that the Water Buffalo was referred to as the 'Kettle' in the UK, & thanks for that Ian. Too bad the guy sold the GT750, it may have grown on him.. {;-)

 
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Posted Fri Mar 16, 2012, 10:01am
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CraigA Said:

lol!

No, the two bikes I mentioned were the only 2 I ever owned. My brother however, owned more. He started out with a Yamaha RD350, then a Kawasaki H2 750 triple 2 stroke, finishing with a 1980 Honda Goldwing 1100.

I did read on my Google link that the Water Buffalo was referred to as the 'Kettle' in the UK, & thanks for that Ian. Too bad the guy sold the GT750, it may have grown on him.. {;-)

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How did your brother like the 750 H2?  I had one, could never get it tuned right.  They called them "The Widowmaker" here in the U.S.  Big time wheelie machines if you could get the damn things tuned right.

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Posted Fri Mar 16, 2012, 10:26am
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How did your brother like the 750 H2?  I had one, could never get it tuned right.  They called them "The Widowmaker" here in the U.S.  Big time wheelie machines if you could get the damn things tuned right.

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Hey Len, my brother Neil loved that screamin' rocket!
Only thing he did to it was install a Bill Werges expansion pipe, re-jetted tthe carbs & K&N oiled filters. He pinned the speedo needle at 140 MPH & it was still going! {:-O {:-D

No problem tuning his & my bikes as I built (in 1977) a 4 bank/carb dampened  & calibrated vacuum gauge carb syncronization set. A couple of years later my brother bought a 4 bank murcury "Carb Stiks" to tune the carbs. I cross checked my home built gauge set to the carb sticks unit & it was exact.

I also have (bought back in the day), a Suzuki TDC top dead center dial gauge indicator to get the ignition timing exactly right.

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Currently have a couple of bikes, Kawasaki Concours C10 and EX250.
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Posted Fri Mar 16, 2012, 2:26pm
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CraigA Said:

Hey Len, my brother Neil loved that screamin' rocket!
Only thing he did to it was install a Bill Werges expansion pipe, re-jetted tthe carbs & K&N oiled filters. He pinned the speedo needle at 140 MPH & it was still going! {:-O {:-D

I also have (bought back in the day), a Suzuki TDC top dead center dial gauge indicator to get the ignition timing exactly right.

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I had the K&Ns and rejetted the carbs, but the cable mechanism it had used to cause imbalance issues with the 3 carbs.  That and I was just a kid without the right auto tools to adjust it right.  I had seen H2s tuned right and they were insane.

Neat info on the H2:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_H2_Mach_IV

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Posted Fri Mar 16, 2012, 11:55pm
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Started out at 13 with a Honda 55 trail
traded up to Honda s90
traded up to Honda 350
traded up to a newer Honda 350
went down a whole nother road with a Bultaco 250 pursang
many years passed  -- Yamaha 750 Maxim rode for awhile, gave to my kid and got myself
an old Yamaha XS650 which lead to another and another and another until I had 6 of them in the garage  ... which lead to
Yamaha XS11 which lead to another and another until I had three of them.
Got rid of all of those and rode a Yamaha Seca II 600 ...

Now --- no bikes, haven't ridden in 10 years --- would like to grab a Suzuki SV650 unless a Triumph (just about any model) comes along that I can't say no to.... or would like to build a hooli bike out of a KTM or Yamaha YZ450f ... or would love an old husquvarna
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