The joys of mix-n-match!
The engine of the hybrid comes from an early H1 and this very act may sound to purists at least like some kind of heinous crime. For those of a sensitive nature fear not because the engine isn’t one of the sacred bridged port motors. In fact it’s highly unlikely that the barrels, heads and various engine cases we’re using were ever built as one homogeneous unit anyway. The hybrid’s power unit will consist of numerous previously unassociated units rescued from potential oblivion and pressed back into service on this project. And what of the rest of the bike you ask? Well it really wasn’t in the best of states so it too has been adapted to a new purpose. Owner Ian Bird has fitted a later, longer, H2 swingarm to the H1’s frame, installed a front-end from a KH250, installed 50mm over length rear shocks and had the temerity to drop in a mildly tuned H2 750 motor. Heresy you say? No, not when the H2 motor drops directly into the H1’s chassis with no modifications whatsoever; even the H2’s ignition boxes fit precisely where the 500’s units used to sit. It almost is as Kawasaki wanted it to happen. The 500/750 hybrid now enjoys life as a drag strip machine and surely that has to be a good result?
H2 motor in H1 frame.