H2s rule

Old Bike Australasia - - BLOW YOUR OWN -

Con­grat­u­la­tions on another fine mag­a­zine, the 51st ad­di­tion cov­ers two bikes which are very close to my heart; the Kawasaki H2 and the GSXR 750 Suzuki. Both these bikes were in my view real icons of their day. I have been a keen fan of mo­tor­cy­cle rac­ing all of my life and have been a spec­ta­tor at most meet­ings since the early 1960s so con­se­quently saw both these bikes in ac­tion rac­ing in New Zealand. When Pro­duc­tion Rac­ing was in­tro­duced into New Zealand the open class was dom­i­nated by H2 Kawasakis with riders like Graeme Crosby, and I vowed that one day I would have one of these bikes. It took me till 1990 to be able to af­ford one and another 19 year’s search­ing for all the parts world­wide to re­build it! When the GSXR750 was in­tro­duced I rode a pre-pro­duc­tion bike, it was how­ever too cramped for me as a road bike and I ended up buy­ing a new GSXR1100 in 1986. I loved this bike and along with a 1991 GSXR1100 were two bikes I wish I had never sold. Suzuki dom­i­nated New Zealand rac­ing ever since the in­tro­duc­tion of the GSXR range and they were and still are a real icon, so much per­for­mance for so lit­tle money; cer­tainly a lot bet­ter than some so called ex­ot­ica cost­ing nearly twice as much money! It was also good to see the photos of Robert Holden, in my view one of the best Kiwi riders of all time and had things been dif­fer­ent he should have gone a lot fur­ther than he did. I have at­tached a photo of my Kawasaki H2, with Graeme Crosby. Ross Charl­ton Paekakarik­i, New Zealand

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