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.

7/11/2019 6:20:56 PM

I owned on in 72 and had an H-1 before. I still do not buy into the frame bending thing. I drag raced street raced open road raced it. Never noticed any such thing. Not calling you a lier but wonder if some illusion could be in effect. And the poor handling reference is compared to what? What out of the crate stock bike in 72 or 3 would go around a road course faster than an H2? Here are numbers in a comparison of seven bikes in 73 that includes the Kawasaki 903. Notice the road course times. The H2 and the 903 tied to the tenth of a second on the road course. I don't think that is possible on a frame flexing bike. It didn't feel as happy and friendly as the 903 but the stopwatch does not lie. And notice the H2 as the clear winner. The only category it didn't win or tie was quarter mile top speed by one half of one mile per hour but had a better ET. http://www.kawtriple.com/mraxl/articles/1973%20Superbikes/superbikes1.htm Kawasaki actually put a lot of time and work into making the bike more manageable compared to the first one they thought they were going to produce. They made the bike more forgiving and made it so it gave warning in high-speed turns. I overcooked and entry and thought I was headed for the trees but pitched it in any way because I had no other choice, and it stuck. Remember, I had an H1 first. The H2 was no surprise to me. I thought I'd outbraked myself in a left-right chicane with trees on both sides. I thought I was about to die. Instead, it stuck.

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

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