||Review of the 1971 Kawasaki A7 Avenger|
|Less moving parts than a Honda 90.|
Review of the A7 Avenger submitted on 2006-05-14.
I bought one used in ´73 or so. After my Honda 90 four-stroke, when I needed something freeway legal to get over Highway 17 to work.
Loud, bad-handling, and prone to engine problems. It had more power running on one cylinder than the 90 had on two. Opening the throttle for the first time was literally a kick in the pants.
With two carburetors, the one-cylinder fallback option occurred pretty often. For a newbie mechanic, however, having almost no moving parts (rotary valve two-stroke with electronic ignition) made up for the idiosyncratic design.
I thought this bike was a near copy of something called a ´Bridgestone Ace´, except for replacing the manifold and single carburetor with the twin sideways-mounted devices.
The combination of high power, inexperienced rider, poor maintenance, and a minimalist helmet could have ended differently. Had to sell it after a few years, and the ´Avenger´ thankfully never lived up to it´s name. (I was a little chagrined to find it was made in Nagasaki, Japan.) Perhaps the name should have been ´Mercy.´
Years later, I saw it, broken, in a back yard in Oak Park, Sacramento. It still had it´s badly fitted orange replacement tank. The new owner, however, wouldn´t give it up. Another piece of my heart, scattered like a cat´s grandchildren.
This review of the 1971 Kawasaki A7 Avenger
was submitted by: David Reinertson
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