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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 11-10-2015, 10:49 AM Thread Starter
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Loved the H1 history video. A trip down memory lane it was. Way back in the day, we shared a garage in the Isle of Man during the Manx GP with a Brit who was racing an H1. Well, he was trying to anyway. It handled like a pig (al dente pasta frame) but with expansion chamber exhaust it made a sound that isn't soon forgotten. It wailed and howled and would vibrate the wax out of your ears at 100 meters!

Alas, gone are those days. Not that they were better, but they were sure memorable.
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I still remember the sound of a Manx on full throttle, and a 305 Honda SS (that had been 'breathed-on) on megaphones at the drags in England, back in '65....

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Loved the H1 history video. A trip down memory lane it was. Way back in the day, we shared a garage in the Isle of Man during the Manx GP with a Brit who was racing an H1. Well, he was trying to anyway. It handled like a pig (al dente pasta frame) but with expansion chamber exhaust it made a sound that isn't soon forgotten. It wailed and howled and would vibrate the wax out of your ears at 100 meters!

Alas, gone are those days. Not that they were better, but they were sure memorable.
Unfortunately he didn't get into it but it still sounds great with the chambers.

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A friend has the first year (1969) H1 in white. It is brand new, never been outdoors. And no, he won't sell it.
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Another interesting note in the history of the Kawasaki H1 is the following quote. I have shamelessly copied and pasted here, AMA source (they need all the press they can get).

I remember those exciting days: a Canadian rider showing the AMA racers his chops, giving Kawasaki first AMA win, while Mike Duff shows the WMF his stuff too on the world circuit. I watched Yvon race at Mosport but, sadly I only saw son Miguel race on Speed channel. Brother Mario was no slouch either. Father and two sons, all accomplished racers.

"The company (Kawasaki) was known for making fast, three-cylinder, two-stroke racers, and Kawasaki needed an expert rider to handle the explosive and narrow powerband of the bike. Duhamel proved to be one of the few riders in the world who could tame this wild beast of a machine. He gave Kawasaki its first AMA national victory in September, 1971 at Talladega, Alabama. From 1971 to 1973, Duhamel was the winningest rider for Kawasaki, earning five national victories for Team Green during that period."

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Duhamel proved to be one of the few riders in the world who could tame this wild beast of a machine. He gave Kawasaki its first AMA national victory in September, 1971 at Talladega, Alabama. From 1971 to 1973, Duhamel was the winningest rider for Kawasaki, earning five national victories for Team Green during that period."
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Here's another. Check out the skinny swingarm and front forks.
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