Dave Gurry's 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV

| 1/6/2011 2:54:10 PM

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 Dave Gurry's 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV 

Bike: 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV
Dave Gurry
Hometown: Langley, BC
Occupation: Glass store manager
Bio: To the uninformed outsider, Dave Gurry might seem to be a fanatic. But to those who understand the lure of motorcycles, he’s simply a passionate collector with a vision. Dave keeps a mental list of the bikes he considers the most significant of those produced in the last 40 years or so, and has set out to acquire an example of each. His collection now includes a Honda CBX, Honda VFR750R and Honda CB400 Four, a highly tuned Norton Commando Roadster, a BMW R100GS Paris-Dakar and a 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV, among others. Why did he want to own and restore an H2? “In 1972, it was THE performance bike,” says Dave. “Just the sound and feel of a big two-stroke accelerating ... ”

So determined was Dave to own and restore one that he started collecting parts for it five years before he found the bike. His patience paid off when he discovered a shabby but mostly together H2 in 1995. With used parts collected from as far away as Europe, he completed the restoration at a budget price. “I probably have around $3,000 into it,” he says.

 1972 Kawasaki H2 Mach IV 

Etc.: Dave Gurry admits the steering of his first-year 1972 H2 isn’t all it could be, in spite of the Kawi having two steering dampers, one friction-type and one hydraulic. “If I turn the handlebars at about 40mph,” he says, “I can see the frame bending at the front of the gas tank. The handling is wickedly poor. In a straight line it’s okay, but in corners it flexes a lot.”

Dave points out a couple of other H2 curiosities to me. Under the seat is a small plunger that squirts oil on the final drive chain — as though the mist from the exhaust wasn’t enough! And the gearshift is another Seventies oddity. Instead of neutral being between first and second gear, it’s below first. So shifting from neutral to first requires lifting the pedal, then the same for first to second, and so on. And neutral comes after first as you downshift. It takes some getting used to, says Dave, especially mixed with a Norton Commando and later Japanese bikes.

peter hickman
1/25/2011 12:07:47 PM

http://picasaweb.google.com/larryokarski/HICKMANS1974KAWASAKIH2B?feat=email# This is my resto, 25K invested,not one detail overlooked. Peter

mc staff
1/19/2011 2:42:14 PM

Eric, That's a great question for our tech guy, Keith Fellenstein. E-mail him at keithsgarage@motorcycleclassics.com MC Staff

eric schwister
1/14/2011 10:05:55 PM

Hi Dave that is a beautiful bike. I just restored one my self and I was wondering if you or anyone else would have an answer for. I dont think my ignition is not retarding and I dont know anyone that knows about these bike The bike runs good we put timeing light on it and it would not retard when reved past 4,000 rpm. I think that it is lacking some power to. Any advice thank you Eric

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