Web Analytics

 Kawasaki - 750 H2
 Back to brands list

Kawasaki H2 motocyclette motorrad motorcycle vintage classic classique scooter roller moto scooter
Photo ou archives : F-M. Dumas

Capacity : 750
Model : H2
Production : 1971 - 1975
Category : (R) Street Bike


750 H2 - 1972

The most exciting machine of its day

When Kawasaki announced the 750 H2 at the beginning of 1972, motorcycling buffs anticipated a bigger, better and more potent version of the 500 Mach 1. They were both right and wrong at the same time.

Powerful and Responsive

The 500, launched three years earlier, was haunted by its image as an extremely powerful and responsive, but willful and violent, machine. Those who were fascinated by its extraordinary performance were horrified by the weaknesses of its cycle parts and its brutal manners. The H2 sought to keep the fascination of the 500 and eliminate the worst of its faults.

An Improved Concept

It borrowed the concept of three powerful two-stroke cylinders from its smaller sibling. Suspension and brakes benefited from the latest progress. Despite its imperfections, the 112 was altogether a tighter, improved machine. The frame largely succeeded in containing the problems caused by an engine that was bursting with superabundant midrange torque and violent when its rider applied the spurs in earnest. Nevertheless, its imperfections became apparent when pushed to the limit: dubious straight-line stability, stiff rear suspension, inadequate braking, a frame that was not as rigid as it could be. The big "Kwacker" called for a little agility, adequate experience and a bit of luck. It was the most exciting machine of its day and with the best performance, a fact proved by the 750's competition record.


Engine: 748cc (71x63mm) air-cooled transverse three-cylinder

Power Rating: 74 hp @ 6500 rpm

Valves: two-stroke; ports controlled by piston skin

Fuel System: three 30mm carburetors

Transmission: 5-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swing arm with twin spring/dampers (rear)

Brakes: I 1.8 inch elise (front); 7.8 inch drum (rear)

Wheels: 19 inch (front); L8 inch (rear)

Weight: 430 lb

Maximum Speed: 125 mph

The 750 H2 is a spectacular example of the last generation of the big sporting two-strokes.

Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.