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Kawasaki Heaven
« on: December 03, 2019, 05:49:00 PM »
So sorry that this isn't Honda 4 related this time but I now have a couple of projects that I could only have dreamed about and may bring good memories for those who knew the bikes first time around.

First is a cache of parts to build a complete new Avenger A7. This was a 350cc disc valve twin with an amazing turn of speed. I already have one but this is to build what is effectively a new bike. Parts are NOS or (like frame) professionally restored better than new. Should have the parts in December and will post pics from what I hope is a successful assembly.

Also found a similar parts cache for a 1971 H1 triple. I just can't believe it. I'm at the back end of my biking life but the opportunity to do this assembly and then ride these amazing bikes is beyond belief.  Pics will be forthcoming.
Dresda CB500-4, 605 cc
CB-77, 350 cc
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1976 Thruxton Velocette
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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2019, 07:22:40 PM »
Great stuff   :)

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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2019, 07:29:07 PM »
I had to look up an Avenger A7, I thought it was a car  :-[ :-[ :-[
Too good an opportunity to pass by with them 2 by the sounds of it....Have fun
Im a Nurse, trust me, this won't hurt.....much !!!

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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2019, 08:15:20 PM »
I vaguely remember the A7.

Is it like the Bridgestone twins ?

Good luck and have fun.
Anyone that gets to retirement.
Deserves to have lots of fun

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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2019, 08:42:45 PM »
Yes, like the Bridgestone 350 but not as sophisticated. Pretty devastating performance but so careful with modern Ethanol based fuel.
Dresda CB500-4, 605 cc
CB-77, 350 cc
1968 Bonneville
1976 Thruxton Velocette
1974 Kawasaki Avenger
1997 VFR 750

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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2019, 09:26:11 PM »
Hi huh, dubed both widowmaker and licence looser!!

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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2019, 08:22:13 AM »
Hi huh, dubed both widowmaker and licence looser!!

Bryan, I don't ride fast enough now to get in any real trouble.
Dresda CB500-4, 605 cc
CB-77, 350 cc
1968 Bonneville
1976 Thruxton Velocette
1974 Kawasaki Avenger
1997 VFR 750

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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2019, 10:31:07 AM »
The Avenger was a great bike, I had a very early H1 and the electronic ignition packed in so Bill Smith motors loaned me an Avenger and I found that I could get from A to B faster on it than on the H1, it went and it handled well what a great bike.

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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2019, 11:34:41 AM »
The first time i saw the Avenger was at the 1967 Earls Court bike show when it and the new Norton Commando were the stars of the show.

A biking friend of mine at the time bought that show bike and so it came to Swansea, only for forty years later to end up partly dismantled with bits missing in the back of Ray Williams M/C's in Llanelli. I was interested in buying it  but they wanted £500 for it because of it's history (the first one in the UK and the show model). I baulked at that as i knew i'd have problems sourcing parts.

About two years ago they listed it on Ebay for £1000, i don't know what it sold for.
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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #9 on: December 04, 2019, 02:42:57 PM »
I was lucky and found a genie
Dresda CB500-4, 605 cc
CB-77, 350 cc
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1976 Thruxton Velocette
1974 Kawasaki Avenger
1997 VFR 750

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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #10 on: December 04, 2019, 07:14:42 PM »
Kawasaki 2 strokes are still very popular today, I'm guess that you have a H1b ?
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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #11 on: December 04, 2019, 09:17:56 PM »
The Avenger was a great bike, I had a very early H1 and the electronic ignition packed in so Bill Smith motors loaned me an Avenger and I found that I could get from A to B faster on it than on the H1, it went and it handled well what a great bike.

Cheers

Dennis
My H1A had three sets of points, pain in the bum to get the ignition set correctly. At what point did the electronic ignition appear?

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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #12 on: December 05, 2019, 12:04:01 AM »
I thought all the 500 and 750 had electronic only the 250/350 triples had points. Suzuki triples stuck with points

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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #13 on: December 05, 2019, 07:10:37 AM »
You may be right Bryan it could have been my 250. It is nearly 43 years ago. Good days for me mid 70s, had so many different bikes it's all a blur now.
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Re: Kawasaki Heaven
« Reply #14 on: December 05, 2019, 07:21:51 AM »
Had a 250 triple shop bike that only did 7 to the gallon! Then we built a racing Suzuki GT750 which did less