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RE: RESPONSE TO NOSE BLEED FAST
|RE: RESPONSE TO NOSE BLEED FAST|
|H1 Kawasaki Bob said 2009-03-14 21:27|
I am new to the group and have had 2 H1\īs. The first one I bought on June 6th 1971 and kept for 10 years drag racing it a LOT. Best time at the strip was a believable 13.40 at 99.88. Bike was incredibly reliable, never broke anything except a $10 nylon throwout bearing. People who say they are slow off the line don\īt have the courage to take them to 7000RPM, drop the clutch, burn rubber for thirty feet, grab second gear while still doing a wheelie, and see 60 MPH and then make the 2nd to 3rd shift all within 4 seconds. There is still nothing like launching a MachIII properly.
Also bought another one in 2001 drove it for three years and let it fade away. Just started full revival with engine work, switch to a later model ignition, with a reliable magneto, and I am getting the fuel tank and side covers painted and applying new decals.
I am also getting the seat redone so it should look great. To the guy who asked if the 71\īs had 60 horsepower, that is correct. Downgrade to 54 didn\īt start till 73 or 74. Several magazines and road tests will validate this fact. The key to the Mach III wasn\īt total horsepower but the unique way in which the high performance two stroke delivered power in the higher RPM ranges. ALSO the bike was a bargain in 1971 priced at 1125 versus 1450 for the Honda 750. Take those numbers times 5 to compare today.
ALSO I think the 71 was one of the best looking motorcycles of all time with its \
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