1974 Kawasaki Other for sale in US
Price: $14 568 ≈ €13421 ≈ £11767
Item location: Niles, Michigan, US
Seller notes: “Beautiful, ready to ride Widowmaker!”
Up for sale is a 1974 Kawasaki h2. The bike was restored several years ago. Correctly painted tins and Powder coated frame. Engine had complete rebuild during restoration, new clutch also. Tank was sent out and professionally lined. Original exhaust has some blemishes here and there but overall very nice and very solid. The rest of the chrome and aluminum on the bike is very nice as well. I removed the baffles but they are included. Oil injection system works, newer lithium battery, tires are in good shape, and the bike runs excellent. This is an extremely clean, original H2 that is ready to ride today. Bad to the bone old Kawasaki that will not disappoint.
The clutch makes a very minor noise when disengaged. It's common on these h2s and I thought maybe a bearing pusher would eliminate it but I never got around to replacing it. The clutch operates as it should and the bike shifts perfectly. The bike would also leak a little 2 stroke oil onto the engine (below the carbs) over extended periods of time. I assumed it was a banjo washer or something but I never dug into it. I'm probably talking a teaspoon of oil a year. Never noticed it in the tank level.
I will gladly supply any more pics/info that you need. Just message me. You can either pick up locally in Niles Michigan or I can assist with shipping at buyers expense.
***I've had a few questions and I need to clarify. The exhaust on this bike looks excellent to the naked eye. I think the previous owners description of "rash" is a little misleading. I am at my limit of pictures in the listing but I'd be glad to sent additional photos of any hidden flaws on the pipes. Let me know what you want to see and I'll be glad to provide it.
Below is the previous owner's listing from 2007 that has details of the build.
This is one of the finest specimens of the venerable Widowmaker you will see. Although the tachometer reads 9942 miles, this bike is virtually in every aspect, zero timed (115 miles since restoration). It was completely disassembled, frame was blasted in powder coated, engine was bead blasted, cases were polished, and mechanically it was rebuilt with 71.5 mm Wiseco pistons, crank was rebuilt by Damon Kirkland and all bearings, seals, and rods were replaced. Clutch was rebuilt, transmission inspected and dressed, and all new bearings, seals and gaskets were installed throughout. All engine and transmission work, assembly and cylinder boring, honing was professionally done by Kenny at finish line motors in Boise, Idaho. The prior owner painted the gas tank and tail cone and correct decals and colors were used. He chose to apply three coats of clear coat. The paint is virtually flawless (one tiny round imperfection a pin size pinhead size can be seen on the top of the tank in front of the gas cap). The paint elsewhere is immaculate. The pipes have very minor pitting and surface scratches in places, but they are not noticeable. The underside‘s have a customary H2 road rash, but it's not visible. Front chrome fender has a very small dime size dent on the left side (seen only when the light hits it just right). Front forks were rebuilt and new boots installed. The front brake was turned and the pads were replaced. Rear brake was inspected and pads were in excellent shape. The seat is in the condition I received it in- no tears, scratches, holes. I don't know if it is a reproduction or an original. All electrical components work. Headlight looks original. It is in like new condition. Special thanks goes out to John Lutz of mid Atlantic cycle emporium. He was my main supply source for this restoration. He's a class act, knows his triples and demonstrates first class customer service. Highly recommend. For all that is good, the bike is still 34 years old! It's not perfect, but the patina of its age and charm I didn't replace everything on the bike. I purposely left some serviceable parts that show its age Like the headlight switch, blinker switch, gas cap, foot rest and such. Plus, the prior owner drilled a hole in the rear grab rail (you can see it in the photos), aarrrgh! The side cover badges are slightly scratched as well but only noticeable from a couple feet and the VIN head tag burned up in the powder coating process although I have close-up pictures of the tag for replacement. I understand Rick Brett does that. Frame number an engine number match and all registration documents and the title is clear. I removed the chain of oiler but it comes with the bike if you want to reinstall it and sling over oil all over your new bike.