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Kawasaki script writers do what historians do: read what happened in the past and present case to supervisors: the H2 was a hot triple two stroke; 74 hp, super heavy at 423 pounds (more than g4 without oem can) that did 12 second quarter and loved the front off the deck:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_H2_Mach_IV

and here's the new H2 still heavy but nothing else compares:

https://www.kawasaki.com/Products/2018-Ninja-H2SX

and Kawa had early 80's tubo 750 with more hp, 112 and still tank heavy:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_GPZ750_Turbo

What started this brief research was a thread started by admin a couple weeks ago but can't find link right now.

Old bikes were fast, terrible handling and all super fat with low hp. The engineer guys saved the day!
 

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very cool to see how far back in history they go. I would love to put a new h2 or h2r in my garage.
 

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Love those old two strokes. They are so fun. One of these days I'd like to have an old Turbo Kawasaki. I had an 83 Honda CX500 Turbo for a couple years from 05 to 07 and man that thing was a rocket ship. It was heavy but it pulled my arms off whenever I got on it.
 

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Love those old two strokes. They are so fun. One of these days I'd like to have an old Turbo Kawasaki. I had an 83 Honda CX500 Turbo for a couple years from 05 to 07 and man that thing was a rocket ship. It was heavy but it pulled my arms off whenever I got on it.

this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CX_series

how 'bout this one:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CB400F

or this one:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honda_CB750

or this cafe honda 750:

https://www.motorcycleclassics.com/classic-japanese-motorcycles/honda-cb750f-super-sport

low power heavy and poor handling with tires that were too hard, thin and rotten frames that flexed.

the old guys were tough and crazy.
 

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my first bike was a h1 500 triple., bought a new h2 triple soon as they came out, paid $1050 new for it. before 500 miles had the dealer install denco expansion chambers, denco dual squish band heads, 34 mikunis, and we had denco port cylinders to 100 hp specs. within 6 mos had cylinders bored to 792 with wiseco cut skirt pistons. did'nt realize then what a death trap i was riding, finally spit me off right after 1/4 mile stripe at strip with a lock to lock tankslapper. was wearing t shirt, tennis shoes, blue jeans. got a ambulance ride and overnight stay at hospital, lost a lot of skin. dealer sold bike wrecked and put a deposit on first new 900 z1 they recieved which was $1300 new. cant believe today i rode that that h2, it was crazy.
 

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my first bike was a h1 500 triple., bought a new h2 triple soon as they came out, paid $1050 new for it. before 500 miles had the dealer install denco expansion chambers, denco dual squish band heads, 34 mikunis, and we had denco port cylinders to 100 hp specs. within 6 mos had cylinders bored to 792 with wiseco cut skirt pistons. did'nt realize then what a death trap i was riding, finally spit me off right after 1/4 mile stripe at strip with a lock to lock tankslapper. was wearing t shirt, tennis shoes, blue jeans. got a ambulance ride and overnight stay at hospital, lost a lot of skin. dealer sold bike wrecked and put a deposit on first new 900 z1 they recieved which was $1300 new. cant elieve today i rode that that h2, it was crazy.
here: I think:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_triple


Look at hp. So low yet the bike wanted to kill!

whoa, '69? That was your bike!

the z1:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kawasaki_Z1

also, low hp with little top and barely handled with crappy tires. Dad had this baby in 1973, if he recalls correctly.
 

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my first bike was a h1 500 triple., bought a new h2 triple soon as they came out, paid $1050 new for it. before 500 miles had the dealer install denco expansion chambers, denco dual squish band heads, 34 mikunis, and we had denco port cylinders to 100 hp specs. within 6 mos had cylinders bored to 792 with wiseco cut skirt pistons. did'nt realize then what a death trap i was riding, finally spit me off right after 1/4 mile stripe at strip with a lock to lock tankslapper. was wearing t shirt, tennis shoes, blue jeans. got a ambulance ride and overnight stay at hospital, lost a lot of skin. dealer sold bike wrecked and put a deposit on first new 900 z1 they recieved which was $1300 new. cant believe today i rode that that h2, it was crazy.
At least you survived all those insanely unsafe bikes. Hard to imagine taking a brand new motor apart and modifying it on a brand new motorcycle unless you race professionally and someone else is paying for it ha!
 

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my h1 500 was a 71. was racing it a strip every sunday. fastest thing i had to outrun was the cb750 honda 4 with 4 straight short pipes which they all ran. funny u mention someone paying fro mods, i won about enough money to pay for the h2 750 basic bike in a year street racing those 750's. kept my z1 900 stock about a year, then 1015 yosh kit, full yosh head, 417 megacycle cams, 31 cr amal gp carbs, denco header, and lightweight snowflake magnesium kimtab wheels. pro stock racing was brand new, my friend mike bruso lived 25 miles from me, he put my motor together. he held original pro stock record at 10.0 my bike with him rding would go 10.60. yeah, i was serious back then, damn 47 years ago. btw that kz was not beyond a tankslapper either.
 
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