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Mar 24th 2018, 04:38 PM   #1
 Parilla125's Avatar
 
  Jan 2016
  SeaTac

Kawasaki H2

Saw one on the street today. First time I have seen one other than on display. Any one else seen one on the road?
Mar 24th 2018, 04:52 PM   #2
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
I haven't, but I can't figure that bike out. I mean, the complexity and extra moving parts of forced induction seem to be gimmickry and introduce lots of potential failure and certainly lots of extra cost.

Maybe it's about emissions, and a way to get power, to control the power, without exceeding exhaust limits.

Has Kawasaki talked about the "why?" aspect?
Mar 24th 2018, 04:56 PM   #3
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

  Suzuki
Seen one at the Ridge and PR in 2017.
I sound like a hick.
Mar 24th 2018, 05:12 PM   #4
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  Jan 2016
  Washington County

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I sound like a hick.
That may be but, if so, then I sound like Father Time since the first thing I thought of when I saw the title of this thread was the "original" H2; a jaw dropping, three cylinder, two stroke. Quite a rocket back in the early 1970's.
Mar 24th 2018, 06:49 PM   #5
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  Sep 2017
  milwaukie oregon

  Aprilia rsvr gsxr600 gsxr1000
Ive checked Em out up close and there is one on clist right now, id sell a body part for
One.
Mar 24th 2018, 06:53 PM   #6
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  Jan 2016
  WA

  Harley Davidson LR-S
Saw one at Backfire last year... or two. Smaller than I thought it be, cool seeing one though.
Mar 24th 2018, 08:55 PM   #7
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  Feb 2016
  Bellingham

  Suzuki
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That may be but, if so, then I sound like Father Time since the first thing I thought of when I saw the title of this thread was the "original" H2; a jaw dropping, three cylinder, two stroke. Quite a rocket back in the early 1970's.
I had the priviledge to ride a H1 and H2, back in the early eighties.
The H2 ended up T-boning a van on I think 148th and 24th in Bellevue.
Took the H1 out on Ames Lk. road with a buddy who sold me his 80 GS 750, riding his old bike. That was fun little jaunt.
Mar 25th 2018, 06:49 AM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by 307T
That may be but, if so, then I sound like Father Time since the first thing I thought of when I saw the title of this thread was the "original" H2; a jaw dropping, three cylinder, two stroke. Quite a rocket back in the early 1970's.
I owned an 'original' H2. Didn't handle good. Didn't stop well. Went crazy fast for the bikes at the time. Wonderful sound!
Mar 25th 2018, 06:53 AM   #9
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I haven't, but I can't figure that bike out. I mean, the complexity and extra moving parts of forced induction seem to be gimmickry and introduce lots of potential failure and certainly lots of extra cost.

Maybe it's about emissions, and a way to get power, to control the power, without exceeding exhaust limits.

Has Kawasaki talked about the "why?" aspect?
While I agree it was a 'gimmick' it was an interesting engineering feat. Too bad they lowered the HP so much for the street version. I think the whole thing was to maintain the 'King of Speed and HP' title.
Mar 25th 2018, 10:47 AM   #10
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
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Originally Posted by Parilla125
While I agree it was a 'gimmick' it was an interesting engineering feat. Too bad they lowered the HP so much for the street version. I think the whole thing was to maintain the 'King of Speed and HP' title.
I hear you, but I wonder how well that works for the crowd who can pay $20,000.00 for a bike. I used to fall for that when I was in my GSXR days. But nowadays I find my C14 is about as usable a street bike as I can imagine could be built, and it has enough GO in it to make me smile every time. The thing is, I can USE everything the C14 has. I haven't paid for stuff that I never touch.

I had a Jetta with a turbo, now THAT was fun. But a car isn't a bike.
Mar 25th 2018, 09:23 PM   #11
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  Apr 2016
  Kitsap

  Yamaha Venture --Victory Octane
Aint even seen one yet. 15 years ago I would have jumped all over one. Got a ZX14 back then......, love stupendously stupid horsepower. I'll probably trade my Lexus for a 600 hp Mercedes instead of another bike. Why? If ya hafta ask....,
Mar 26th 2018, 01:03 AM   #12
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  Jan 2016
  Rome

  SV650S, CRF450R, and others
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Originally Posted by Parilla125
...Too bad they lowered the HP so much for the street version...
Nels can fix that problem..

I believe he was well north of 250hp on the H2 in there before my bike.
Mar 26th 2018, 05:56 AM   #13
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  Jun 2016
  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
I rode an RD400F Daytona back in the actual '70's. Not quite an "H" but it had the same benefits and liabilities: fantastic motor, Chinese bicycle frame.
Mar 26th 2018, 10:20 AM   #14
 
  Jul 2016
  tigard

  2013 Ninja 1000
Here's an interesting H2 video. The fun begins around the 2:30 mark....

Mar 27th 2018, 05:50 AM   #15
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  Poor Tortured

  2015 Kawasaki Concours 14 - The Origame Sea-Dragon
Youtube - why we aint never gonna get lane-sharing in WA.
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