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Old 05-06-2007, 11:18 PM
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fully restored - god what a handfull when it ran!!
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Old 05-06-2007, 11:43 PM
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My uncle had the Water Buffalo it did stright line purdy good.

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OUCH,
That pic brings back some memories. The 500 and 750 TRIPPLE two strokes were the terror of their time (early 70's). A scorching fast 2 stroke mated to a horrible chassis. Some amature racers could do well with them if they could tame the handling. They came to be known as 'the boy killer's'. The Yamaha RD 400's on the other hand were quick as well, and handled great.
I was always into the 4 strokes. My friend let me 'try' his 750 H2 once, I got exactly two blocks before I got a ticket. They were stupid fast...
When I look back, I'm always suprised I made it out alive. Those were the days.
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Oh yea , the RD's

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remember Klotz two stroke oil? the red stuff?
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I spent 2 years riding a Yammie 500 DOHC while in college.......it had a lot of pickup back in the day! I found this pic of a sister bike in cycletrader....

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I grew up with two guys who started riding them on the street then swapped them over to race them on the tracks.

Very sick 2 wheelers. I can't believe that the 2 of them are still alive today.
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My brother had a KZ1000. The thing was a freakin' rocket!
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My brother had a KZ1000. The thing was a freakin' rocket!
Wasn't that the mac daddy with 6 cylinders? I almost test drove one once and backed out ........ that thing was scary fast.
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My brother had a KZ1000. The thing was a freakin' rocket!
Wasn't that the mac daddy with 6 cylinders? I almost test drove one once and backed out ........ that thing was scary fast.
Nope...the only 6 cylinder of that era was the Honda CBX 1100.
Gotta give Glen credit, he knows how to stir up the 2 stroke vs. 4 stroke crowd........even concerning motorcycles.
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I had a 1975 H2 750, sold it to a friend that promptly killed himself on it. Great power but handled like a shopping cart with a top fuel nitro engine strapped to it.
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had a 1969 kawasaki mach 3....600cc.....brand new $999..........rode it all over california for two years....loved merging onto the freeway when someone in the right lane would try to speed up and stop me....no one ever did......living on the peak of a 10 mile twisty windy mountain pass the light bulb finally went on....glad i survived that bike
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Back in the day, I had one of these. Smoothest fastest sport touring bike I have ever ridden. It handeled a lot better than the Kawa 750 but not as fast. Got it to 135 mph once but that was back when I was young and bulletproof.

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Glen E - 5/6/2007 11:18 PM

fully restored - god what a handfull when it ran!!
One of my best friends had a gun metal grey '70 and my brother had an orange '72 (?). The fun began at about 7000 rpm IIRC

Younger brother of a another friend got killed on his modified 750 triple with expansion chambers when he goosed it on a wet road in a park. Rear wheel broke less and he turned straight into the trunk of a large tree on the shoulder of the road.

I had a '75 Honda 750 Super Sport. Best motorcyle I have ever ridden. 32 years later it would still chew up and spit out any HD street bike ever built
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So ya wanna take a trip down memory lane?
Go to Barber museum outside Birmingham, Al. I never knew this place existed until recently. I was absolutely blown away!!! Bikes from the turn of the century up to today.
And yes, RD's H2, H3's, ect..... all super clean mint condition. Unbelieveable.
Beautiful place. Just held the Honda Superbike classic race.
Barber is the "milk" folks. I met George Barber, owner. helluvav nice guy.
Porche racer enthusiast from back in the day.
If anyone is in the area, GO!!! http://www.barbermuseum.org/

I'd post a few pics but I don't have access on this forum.....
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My first bike was a Kawasaki Z-1 900 I think it was a 73. Fast and fun little bike. Sat a little too high though. Messed with the handling capabilities. I'll try to conjure up pics of it.

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My 1st bike was a 1976 KZ400. After that I moved onto Honda Nighthawks. Had a Connie for a few years and since 03 have had 2 Yamaha FJR1300. Now that bike is a rocket
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my afore mentioned mach3 was gun metal gray also...a very hot looking bike.........my first bike however was a 1965 honda 160........amazing little bike.... very fast and extremely agile for its size
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This is my weekend runner. She is a restored to stock 78 Triumph Bonneville 750. I took her out yesterday for a couple hundred miles around south Louisiana. Everything went well until I was almost home...smashed into a red wasp at 55 mph and got stung about an inch from my lip. Felt like I had been bitch slapped and then a tip of a cigerette pushed into my cheek. Oh well ..... POD.

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While you guys were street warriors I was eatin dirt. Still am sorta.

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