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Posted Sun Mar 18, 2012, 3:47am
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CraigA Said:

lol!

No, the two bikes I mentioned were the only 2 I ever owned.

Posted March 16, 2012 link

I meant your side of the pond rather than you personally.  ;)


Too bad the guy sold the GT750, it may have grown on him.. {;-)

Not really - I got a nearly brand new Furygan out of it. :)  He was just about to start another project bike but I can't remember what it was he said.


CoffeeRoastersClub Said:

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.

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I'd love a go on one of those but they supposedly had quite poor handling so I'm too scared, naturally...  ;)

 
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Posted Sun Mar 18, 2012, 3:49am
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GeorgeRYoung Said:

Currently have a couple of bikes, Kawasaki Concours C10 and EX250.

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Firefox is saying that there's a problem with that second link and I can't find a google cache of that page. Is it safe?

 
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Posted Sun Mar 18, 2012, 4:22am
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sancho240 Said:

Ducati Monster 796

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I've got a 2008 S4R 130bhp 998 Testastretta version with carbon Termi s. 177kg, it goes well and sounds really nice.

 
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Posted Sun Mar 18, 2012, 8:10am
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Firefox is saying that there's a problem with that second link and I can't find a google cache of that page. Is it safe?

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Opened fine for myself Ian with IE 8.

 
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Posted Sun Mar 18, 2012, 2:28pm
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CT-70
CL-70
CL-160
CL-350
KZ-750
RZ-350
And the king: RZ-500

God I loved my RZ 500...

CoffeeRoastersClub Said:

I started riding when I was 18.  I've had:

Kawasaki 500H1
Kawasaki KH500
Kawasaki 750H2
Yamaha RD350
Kawasaki KZ650
Yamaha RZ350 Watercooled

The Yamaha RZ350 was by far the best bike I had (it is pictured below).  All the bikes I've had were 2-stroke street bikes excluding the KZ650, which was a 4 stroke.

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Posted Sun Mar 18, 2012, 4:27pm
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God I loved my RZ 500...

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The RZ500 was a bike I always wanted.  Do you have a pic of it you can post?

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Posted Sun Mar 18, 2012, 9:37pm
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Yes! I'll post my fav pic Monday.
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Posted Mon Mar 19, 2012, 8:32am
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Re: The Kawasaki H2 "Widowmaker"

I had an H2, but it was a '74 model. The first version had a shorter swingarm, which apparently made them extremely wheelie-prone. Add to the short wheelbase a somewhat sharp power delivery, and you had the opportunity for much mid-corner mayhem.

My '74 H2 also had a powerband-killing bonehead exhaust system, a 3-into-1 expansion chamber. I don't know who designed it or thought it would be a good idea, but it kept me from experiencing the worst of the H2's powerband -- and the best. I rode it for a couple of years and while that was not without an unplanned dismount, that resulted from pushing the front tire too hard, not from jumpy power delivery.

(the 1998 Suzuki TL-1000 was also nicknamed "Widowmaker" -- it also had a short wheelbase and abrupt power delivery, although in that case I believe overlean fuel mapping was partly responsible.)
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Posted Mon Mar 19, 2012, 8:40am
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Stuart Said:

Re: The Kawasaki H2 "Widowmaker"

I had an H2, but it was a '74 model. The first version had a shorter swingarm, which apparently made them extremely wheelie-prone. Add to the short wheelbase a somewhat sharp power delivery, and you had the opportunity for much mid-corner mayhem.

My '74 H2 also had a powerband-killing bonehead exhaust system, a 3-into-1 expansion chamber. I don't know who designed it or thought it would be a good idea, but it kept me from experiencing the worst of the H2's powerband -- and the best. I rode it for a couple of years and while that was not without an unplanned dismount, that resulted from pushing the front tire too hard, not from jumpy power delivery.

(the 1998 Suzuki TL-1000 was also nicknamed "Widowmaker" -- it also had a short wheelbase and abrupt power delivery, although in that case I believe overlean fuel mapping was partly responsible.)

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My first bike was a 500H1, in poor condition.  My second bike was a 76 KH500, essentially the same bike but detuned a bit from the 500H1.  

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Posted Mon Mar 19, 2012, 10:17am
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RZ-500! Jolly-Motos, Mad Beaver, Fox shock...
It had just over 5k miles and was very close to a museum piece.
I had to sell it two years ago. very sad day.
One of the best rides was during the MOTO GP comeback at leguna Seca. Rat-tat-tatting slowly through the traffic was a blast.
Some guy at eBay owns it now.

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