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Bringing Back a 1972 H2
Life After Death
I have always enjoyed these bikes. In 1972, I
was 17 years old. A friend on mine purchased what was to be, the first H2 I
ever laid my eyes on. I never even saw it with the stock pipes or air filter
as then, it was all about being the fastest. I owned a 71 Honda CB750 and thought
I had something till I ran up against Steve’s bike ( The H2 ). Talk about a
spanking. Then a few months later on the city streets on Memphis, TN, I just
happen to pull up next to a 72 S2 350 at a red light. The small guy on it just
smiled at me and made the jester, you know, the jester to race. My mind went
back to how bad Steve had hurt my feelings but I saw that this was only a 350
so I thought, why not! Got my feelings hurt again. Now don’t get me wrong as
this was just a race from one red light to the next but man that little bike
was fast. It was then I realized that I had to have one.
About a year ago, I was searching E-Bay when the bike shown here came up for sale. Now Kawasaki made a bunch on frames and a bunch of engines and most of the time, they didn’t match up. They did have certain years that those numbers were used, so you can find out what should be where, but to have a number matching, you don’t see every day. Now take that along with being a very low number (149 ) and I just knew that this bike had to be brought back to life.
Someone, somewhere, had made a drag bike out of it and when they were tired of it, it went into storage at a paint shop some where. I purchased it from some very nice people close the ST Louis, MO and brought it home. For days, I studied it trying to see just what all I was going to have to do to bring it back. There was only one answer, a complete tear down and start from almost scratch.
First off, the frame had been welded on and some tabs had been cut off. We found another frame from a guy named Linny in TN. We stripped the frame, cut and fixed all the tabs and welds using the donor frame. After that, I sent it to a good friend of mine, Paul Meeks, to be painted as I wanted this frame to be painted, not powder coated. The frame, swing arm and battery box were painted.
The front hub was powder coated along with the
headlight ears, rear brake hub and rear inner fender and the rear hub was polished.
The hubs were laced with NOS spokes and rims, all done by Terry Jackson, owner
of American Cycle.
The motor is being shipped to Ron at Purple Haze Racing for a complete rebuild. All motor parts will be three stage blasted and cleaned, then reassembled by Ron’s shop using all new parts. Even all the engine covers and screws, bolts, oil lines, oil pump, and any other related engine parts will be NOS. The carbs are NOS along with the air boots, air filter, clamps, and air box.
All gauges, mounts, ignition switch , wiring,
handle bar controls, cables, head light bucket, indicators, and bulb, the seat,
turn signals, mounts, ignition boxes, chain oil tank, reflectors, brake rod,
levers, brake pedal, gear change lever, foot rest, front and rear with rubbers,
and cables, all NOS.
Johnny Holloway Owner of Motorcycles Etc
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