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Originally posted by timbo
was the kwaka H1 a triple? I can only see 3 headers
Yup. They did a family of two stroke triples. A 500, a 750 and (I think) a 400. I believe the 500 had a notoriously peaky and violent (yes, violent) powerband. Scary bike. I rebuilt the motor on a 500 for a guy when I was in high school.

Cool site. I started riding in the early 70s and remember reading the new bike reviews for more than a few of the models on that site. I wanted a Hodaka Road Toad for my first bike but ended up with a used Kawi KE100 enduro.
 

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They made a 250 triple as well. There's a guy in the UK who made a 48 cyl 2-stroke bike out of Kawasaki 250 triples.
 

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The H1 and H2 were impressive performers (for their time). They were in fact, air-cooled two stroke in-line triples, and when equipped with expansion chambers (pipes in flat black was my fave), they screamed painfully at high revs and had a mean gurgle at idle. Like all Kawis, they made big HP for their size (again, at that time); their achille's heel was major frame flex and so-so braking. Aside from the very cool sound, they left a cloud of two-stroke smoke wherever they went (which was part of the reason for their demise).

Here are the introductory year stats (with picture goodness):

http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/kawasaki_500_h_1_mach_iii_1970.php

http://www.bikez.com/motorcycles/kawasaki_750_h_2_mach_iv_1972.php

They did indeed make a 400, which was the evolution of the 350; there was also the "baby" 250 that rounded out the line. Fun bikes to listen to; more fun to ride... if you like pucker factor...lol.
 
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