Rid­ing the H2 750 road bike. Care­fully…

The ul­ti­mate tear­away’s triple, a H2 – in green, nat­u­rally – cap­tures the mood of an era per­fectly

Classic Bike (UK) - - Contents - WORDS: GEZ KANE PHO­TOG­RA­PHY: STU COLLINS

Kawasaki made no ex­cuses for the H2. It was never meant to be civilised, friendly or prac­ti­cal. It was meant to be fast, in your face and maybe just a lit­tle bit in­tim­i­dat­ing. You might have met the nicest peo­ple on a Honda, but Kawasaki weren’t that both­ered about be­ing nice. ‘The Kawasaki Mach IV has only one pur­pose in life: to give you the most ex­cit­ing and ex­hil­a­rat­ing per­for­mance,’ raved the sales brochure. “It’s so quick, it de­mands the ra­zor sharp re­ac­tions of an ex­pe­ri­enced rider. It’s a ma­chine you must take se­ri­ously.” Quite.

And no mat­ter that, by 1974, the H2 had been sani­tised just a lit­tle, there re­mained more than suf­fi­cient fire in its belly to main­tain its bad boy rep­u­ta­tion two years af­ter the four-cylin­der Z1 had stolen its ul­ti­mate per­for­mance crown. The more so­phis­ti­cated four-stroke Z1 may have been the fu­ture, but the H2 wasn’t quite done with the up­roar­i­ous, un­fet­tered, noisy, un­couth past just yet...

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