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Clymer Manuals Kawasaki H2 Mach IV Classic 2-Stroke Motorcycle Video Walk Around




Clymer Manuals got a close-up look at Mike Chris Glaze's 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV. This classic Japanese motorcycle was on display at the 2013 HoAME Vintage Motorcycle Rally and won the Best Kawasaki award sponsored by the HoAME Club.

Kawasaki H2 Mach IV on Wikipedia
The Kawasaki H2 Mach IV was a 750 cc 3-cylinder two-stroke production motorcycle manufactured by the Kawasaki. The H2 was a Kawasaki triple sold from 1972 through 1975.

A standard, factory produced H2 was able to travel a quarter mile from a standing start in 12.0 seconds. In its day, the motorcycle became the undisputed "king of the streets" beating legendary muscle cars of the era such as the Plymouth Barracuda. It was notoriously dangerous, being prone to wheelies and speed wobbles, the dangerous handling characteristics arising from its mediocre frame design and caused it to be nicknamed the "Widowmaker" by motorcycle enthusiasts of the 1970s. More than any other model, it created Kawasaki's reputation for building "scarily fast, good-looking, no holds barred motorcycles" and led to a further decline of in the market place of the British motorcycle industry.

History
The H2 was a direct result of the success of the 500 cc Kawasaki H1 Mach III introduced in 1969. The H2 engine was a 3-cylinder two-stroke with an engine displacement of 748 cc (45.6 cubic inches) which produced 74 horsepower (55 kW) at 6,800 rpm, a power-to-weight ratio of 1 hp (0.75 kW) to every 6 lb (2.7 kg) of weight. This was an entirely new engine and not a bored-out 500. Unlike the H1 500, the 750 had much more low engine speed torque, with a strong burst of power starting at 3,500 rpm to the 7,500 rpm red line.

Clymer on the lift didn't have to go far to attend the Heart Of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Club 22nd Annual Vintage Motorcycle Show. Classic vintage antique motorcycles motorcycle bikes British, German, Japanese, Italian, European, American motorcycles were all on display. Manufacturers on display included Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki, BMW, Harley Davidson, Vincent, Triumph, BSA, Norton, Brough Superior, Lawrence of Arabia, T.E. Lawrence, Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Jay Leno, Leno has nothing on us, we love you Jay, Leno's Garage, Indian, Cushman, Vespa, Laverda, Puch, Lambretta, MV Augusta, Ducati, Matchless, Zundapp, Moto Guzzi AJS and more. There were 100% perfect restorations,bike ridden in, a few trailer queens, full-on customs, cafe racers, choppers, bobbers, trials bikes, dirt bikes, road racers...any type or style motorcycle you could image.

The show was held at the Kansas City Airline History Museum at the Kansas City Downtown Airport. Inside the huge hangar were two classic vintage antique passenger airplanes planes: a Douglas DC-3 and a Martin 404. Right outside the hangar was a 1958 Super Constellation, or Super Connie

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