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jsyx
PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 4:52 pm  Reply with quote
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Hi guys.
this is more a question for motorcycle enthusiasts, but i figured that there are a few experts amongst us.
I am watching a really cool 1972 Kawasaki H1B (triple) on eBay. It's in Burnsville and its starting to get a little attention. I have seen these go for anywhere from $1300-$2500+. The seller says that one of the pistons "will stick." I don't know what that means, is it stuck? Anyway I am obviously ignorant to motorcycles for the most part, but i know a bit about 2-strokes. So go check this out and tell me if i should buy it. The way i figure, if i could get it for cheap I would be willing to drop some dough on fixing it up (or attempting to do it myself...eek.)

Thanks.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&rd=1,1&item=4622240077&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWA%3APIC


p.s.- i will totally burn that backrest.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:01 pm  Reply with quote
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I wouldn't recommend it for a first bike, they were known as the "widow maker" when they came out. Actually the 500cc version isn't as bad as the 750cc but I bet it's scary fast. The main problem is they run super hot and the middle cylinder doesn't get enough air over it to keep it cool and the 'sticking' is probably seizing. But if you have a death wish go for it!

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jsyx
PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 5:22 pm  Reply with quote
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death wish??? isn't it obvious?

yeah, i figured that might be the case with the sticky piston. We'll see, maybe you'll see me on the news this summer!!!

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 17, 2006 6:57 pm  Reply with quote
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I have a 1974 H1 with 5200 miles on it and it is very fast. I am selling off toys to get some other projects going. If you are interested drop me a line, Ed
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sweet. thanks ed.
i may do that!

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:35 am  Reply with quote
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[quote="jsyx"]I have seen these go for anywhere from $1300-$2500+.

Bidding closed at $2710 and did not meet reserve. Was this guy high or are they going for that now?
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[quote="Stumpy"]
jsyx wrote:
I have seen these go for anywhere from $1300-$2500+.

Bidding closed at $2710 and did not meet reserve. Was this guy high or are they going for that now?


Depending on how original it is, and if it's in really good shape, that price wouldn't seem out of line. In this case however, I think he was too high on his reserve. Look at the rust around the handlebar area. I'm betting the rest of the bike looks like that.

I would go look at Ed's H1.
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Kevin K wrote:
I would go look at Ed's H1.
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Yeah Ed's bike would be an excellent way to kill Josh off...

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 20, 2006 2:06 pm  Reply with quote
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thank you all for the vote of confidence...

...i guess.

(O.M.G.- There is a conspiracy to kill me...and it's in reliable hands!!!)

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Just a friendly warning Josh. I did find out the 500's were the worst at keeping the center cylinder cool, and should be avoided unless you never have to stop in traffic, the 750's worked out most of the kinks. But it's still 2 cylinder and 2 carbs too many.

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I put good modern tires on my H1 and it dramatically improved the handling. also if you run the center cylinder a bit rich it runs cooler. I also have a 1971 A7 samurai. 350 scrambler. no center cylinder issue. As a caveat, these bikes will kill you dead if you don't respect/fear them. Ed
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I snapped up a 74 Kawasaki twin on Craigslist last month for $500. It's a junker, but runs, and hopefully will be a good starter bike. I'll probably be selling it after I get comfortable on it.... http://dylanhicks.com/blog2/archives/49
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n8murphy
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the bike on the ebay was a 72. 69-72 they tried a few diferent magneto and electronic ignition setups wich did not work all that well. they are also hard to find parts for the eirler models. if you treat it right expect it to take off at 6grand and watch out because it handles terrible you will have fun. they are constrained by the limitations of the era they wre built but better suspension and tires would help. 73-75 were most common and interchangeable, 76 was the kh500 it is more reliable smoother but slower to meet the emissions standerds of the day. anything 73 and later plus they have that cool tail.
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