1972 Kawasaki H2 750 Triple for Sale

1972 Kawasaki H2 750 R Front

During the Horsepower Wars of the late 1960’s and 1970’s, while the European and American companies were busy penning their famous “No Replacement for Displacement” manifesto, the Japanese were headed in a different direction, and their two-strokes, while far from subtle and lacking a bit in terms of refinement, provided a bang-for-the-buck that couldn’t be beat.

1972 Kawasaki H2 Dash Blue

While Yamaha managed to make snarly little machines that would actually go around corners, Kawasaki truly captured the spirit of the era’s musclecars, blasting from stoplight to stoplight in a haze of blue smoke, sucking down gas at a rate that could be tactfully described as “immoderate”. If you were being chased by one of Kawasaki’s fire-breathing triples, you only had one chance to escape: slam on your brakes and go around a turn.

1972 Kawasaki H2 750 Engine Front

The two-strokes triples developed a reputation for killing their pilots that would only be outdone when Porsche’s first 911 Turbo came along a few years later. The early 500’s had way more go than they had stop, and frames on the streetbikes lacked a certain… stiffness. And then Kawasaki went and introduced the H2 750…

1972 Kawasaki H2 750 L Tank

From the original eBay listing: 1972 Kawasaki H2 750 for Sale

In 2011 the motor was completely rebuilt – Runs great – Like a 750 should. Frame repainted, bodywork repainted and in excellent condition – lwheels redone, new tires, new shocks.  Seat perfect. Bike was completely taken apart and rebuilt. Starts easily – Hot or cold.
Aftermarket K + N air filters, later H2 model pipes. Pipes are in good shape but some chrome imperfections.  The frame is in excellent shape as are the wheels.  Please see pics.
Comes with owners manual (Riders handbook), Haynes manual, shop manual, and a few magazine road tests.

I think it looks like the seller is selling this a bit short: from the photos, it looks to be a very nice example of the rowdy seven-fiddy.

1972 Kawasaki H2 750 R Tail

I still don’t think these Kawi’s are the prettiest classic bikes, but they’re known to deliver thrills well beyond the plain, brown wrapper. Kind of like Smith and Wesson’s .44 Magnum, if it were made in Japan and sounded like a gang of lawnmowers. The blue is very striking and flatters the lines, and while the chrome may not be perfect per the listing, the bike is shiny where it should be shiny and the bike sports those classic, asymmetrical exhaust pipes that shout “I can probably go around left turns faster than I can around right ones!”

Nice H2’s are starting to command some serious money, so it’s no real surprise this one’s getting some attention and the reserve is still not met at almost $9k.

-tad

1972 Kawasaki H2 750 R Engine

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2 Responses

  1. Jess says:

    At least you didn’t call the H2 the “Widowmaker” I believe some of the reputation came from the purchasers back in the day, adrenaline and testostrone filled 18 year olds that didn’t have the skills or brains to not crash. Actually a well set up H2 is a pretty decent handling street (not race) bike, IMHO.

  2. tad says:

    Heh, heh. Well I have called both the H1 and H2 “The Widowmaker” in past posts… But, I’m happy to have your input: it’s easy to believe the reputation of these machines is way scarier than the real thing. In spite of their reputation, I’d assume Kawi’s triples are similar to the 90’s Suzuki TL1000S, which had a “man’s bike” reputation as well: they’re just fine if you understand the bike’s limitations, and your own.