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Hey, anybody here ever deal with Eddie's Vintage up in NH? He's got some H1's, H2's, and S3's for sale. I have an R5 that I'd like to plop one of my H1 engines into, probably handle a lot better than a regular H1 and be lighter too, but something self destructive in me wants an H in its original frame. WTF, my life insurance is paid up. Comments about dealing with Eddie? I only know him from the motogiro, where his bike (Suzooky X6) expires on a regular basis.

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How many h1s do you have and are you on Tomcats board? I have 4 plus one bare 1971 frame. IF you are close I'd say come over and take a look at the fzr600 and 400 suspension I have on one of my h1's makes a stock frame handle much better.

Never dealt with eddie but the folks on tomcat's board might have.

BTW I have a friend (Jeff on tomcats board and the suzi two stroke board) who has a n h1 in an s3 frame, the bike screams and the h1 motor is stock. It would pull away from my cb750 like I was standing still. Thing probably only weighs 300 lbs.

This will probably get you thinking:

http://kawtriple.com/mraxl/khconv/400to500.htm
 

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doug,

off topic, but do you still have that sam stoney hack?

if so, wanna trade straight up for a yamaha 1987 fz600 with all new airtech body, brand new battery, and clean/clear pa title?

tex "who's girlfriend really wants a sidecar" mawby
 

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Eddies Vintage motorcycles. Eddie is a Bob Coy buddy. I went there last year, and helped a friend pick out a 1974 XS650. He paid way too much for it, but we did grind him down some, and had his help do some work on the bike.
Ed is friendly enough and you can work with him. Pretty sure you can talk price on most of the bikes. Some of the bikes are in pretty good shape.
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i droped off a job app. there awhile back and they all seemed nice enough, maybe a little cocky....a good friend will have nothing to do with them, some bad dealings or something, but i say contact them and see what they got i know i'm working up a parts order to be made with them...i got a 1966 W1 to get running.....

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Eddie is a character. Rode in the PU with him at the Giro.
Seems honest, but he's a character. He was the one with the rock duct taped to his gas tank as a cap . . .

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Eddie worked like a champ to get my bike going at the Giro and was relentless at keeping Jessica's (from Roadbike mag) Ducati going. He is a character but seems to know his stuff. I'd like to see his place. I also know the entire story of his life from riding with him in the rescue truck at the Giro.
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there's gonna be a lot of island folks. etc.
about 50 people.
By the way, it's In The Way's wedding anniversary tomorrow.
 

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That's really nice! I have two complete H1 engines, one stock, one hopped, and a bunch parts from other engines, and I have a set of pipes. I looked at the H1 I took the stock engine out of (was going to put it in the sidecar), and I hate the frame. The top head stay T's halfway to the downtubes. IOW, two bent tubes are responsible to handle the twist between the front wheel and the rear wheel. Rob sent me the mods to "fix" this, which I had kind of figured out anyways, and they add a lot of weight to an already heavy machine. I do like their looks, though, but the R5 project seems viable and I'll get after it in a year or so. I'm going with period suspension because I like bikes complete from an era. If I want modern, well. Doug


How many h1s do you have and are you on Tomcats board? I have 4 plus one bare 1971 frame. IF you are close I'd say come over and take a look at the fzr600 and 400 suspension I have on one of my h1's makes a stock frame handle much better.

Never dealt with eddie but the folks on tomcat's board might have.

BTW I have a friend (Jeff on tomcats board and the suzi two stroke board) who has a n h1 in an s3 frame, the bike screams and the h1 motor is stock. It would pull away from my cb750 like I was standing still. Thing probably only weighs 300 lbs.

This will probably get you thinking:

http://kawtriple.com/mraxl/khconv/400to500.htm






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Tex,

I still have the sidecar and right now it is on ebay in the "other" category (item # 123456). I've got it at $1500 with no engine included. If it doesn't go I might be interested in some kind of a trade. What else you got? Doug


doug,

off topic, but do you still have that sam stoney hack?

if so, wanna trade straight up for a yamaha 1987 fz600 with all new airtech body, brand new battery, and clean/clear pa title?

tex "who's girlfriend really wants a sidecar" mawby


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dougy,

i got your old cb450 honda project (off rob), but the 450 motor would go in the sidecar if i got it. i don't need to learn how to drive the car with a h1 powerplant. that was the big thing that kept me from buying it in the first place (plus i was and still am a broke, but now i'm an ex-college student). i also had to consider my passenger/girlfriend. i mean, i love this girl, and i don't need to drive a two-stroke 500 triple to be sexy! that's what the cowboy hat is fer. i think that is about all i got, unless you like aermacchi's! email me off list.

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Tex,

I still have the sidecar and right now it is on ebay in the "other" category (item # 123456). I've got it at $1500 with no engine included. If it doesn't go I might be interested in some kind of a trade. What else you got? Doug


doug,
Doug,
The H1 might just need a good SA. I clamped Marhan's 350 Kaw SA to my welding bench and could bend it a quarter of an inch by leaning on it.
Here's a picture of the mods.
http://stonemachine.com/pictures/Kaw-SA.jpg

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FrankC,
That's a nice piece of work, just hope he never wants to race AHRMA where they'll protest you for using metric bolts on a British machine.

I think that mod would be desirable for the R5 swingarm after I drop the H1 in it. The H1 frame is really kind of hopeless; heavy as it is, and it would need duallies when fixed correctly. Why bother, I'll just do my welding on a frame that was properly designed to begin with. Besides, I've a nice Dunstall tank and seat that will fit right on that frame. I want to make it a real nice "Latte Racer"; ya' know, we race from Starbucks to Starbucks ;)-

How you feeling these days? Well, I hope. Happy New Years to you and yours.

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tex, d'oh, it's item no. 4600318043

123456 is just the identifier.

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Doug,

Which H1 frame are you working with? There are three different versions.

1969-1972 - This is the openended rear frame where the bolt on grab rail adds rigidity to the frame. These are the spagetti frames that made the h1's bad handeling reputation.

1973-1975 - Different design, stronger beefier and heavier. Handles much better but can still flex a little if being beat on brutally. This frame is actually dtronger than the 750 frames they were using at the time. It is longer to accomidate the tail section and a lot can be chopped down.

1976 (KH500) - Same design as the 73-75 frames but the factory gusseted and welded in all the correct places. Ideally this is the best h1 frame kawasaki ever made (too bad it was only sold one year in this country). This frame can easily take most swingarm mods, can be lightened significantly, and can take the power of a modded 750 motor. I personally use this frame in my drag bike.

IF you don't think a stock kh frame will make a good bike take a look at this 750cc motor, fzr400 swingarmed, 76 kh500 framed cafe racer:



 
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