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1972 Kawasaki H2 750 Mach IV

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The landmark H2 750 IV was known not only for its speed, but for its handling

The 1972 Kawasaki H2 750 IV motorcycle was one of the quickest bikes of the 1970s, but also one of the most to master.

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Founded in the late 1800s, has been into everything planes to trains to shipping. It supplying small motorcycle complete with transmissions. to manufacturers just after War II. and began offering its own bikes in

This new segment of the company — and grew — One of the manufacturers using those engines was Meguro, which bought out in the early 1960s.

The motorcycles to wear Kawasaki were 125-cc commuter These didn’t sell when the company exported to the United States.

But Meguro had also been a 650-cc four-… overhead-valve under license from BSA English company’s old pre-unit This rather tame met with a fair degree of in the U.S. when introduced as the W1 in 1966.

But better — and — models were yet to First up was a 250-cc two-… called the Samurai. The Kawasaki was certainly an about-face in philosophy the W1.

Fitted with rotary valves, it was a hot little number, and the was raised further by the 350-cc that followed.

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And then the big one.

In the midst of numerous new being introduced by Triumph, and Honda, the Kawasaki 500-cc H1 III two-… triple stood out as a performer at a cut-rate price.

Light and very powerful, 60 horses that seemed to lie in and then suddenly stampede the revs built up, rumors of Mach IIIs rearing up to their riders off on the first drives. But in the raging superbike too much was still not enough.

the 750-cc 1972 Kawasaki H2 750 IV motorcycle. With 74 horsepower on it was even more fearsome the Mach III. And not surprisingly, it several of its predecessor’s flaws, squirrely handling, a propensity to and horrific fuel mileage.

So although it was perhaps the ultimate two-… of the day, the market and Kawasaki — would drift toward more four-strokes.

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