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zray
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introduction

Postby zray » Mon Dec 05, 2011 10:20 pm



don't see a new member intro area, so please excuse if I'm in the wrong place.

I've been riding since 1968, owning mainly Hondas, Rickman-Triumph's, Triumphs, and a lone Kawasaki ('70 H1 500 triple). In the '70's & '80's I worked as in several motorcycle dealerships as a mechanic and later as a salesman. After a 30 year absence form the motorcycle scene I'm now working in Austin, TX in an independant shop as a mechanic.

A '78 Gold Wing is currently in the shop, and I'm sure I'll have some questions to ask in the next few days.

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Re: introduction

Postby RoadRogue » Tue Dec 06, 2011 2:07 am

Welcome to the board glad you joined us. Theres lots of good folks here and we all love to help when we can.
I too rode one of those scarey H1 triple 2 stoke beasties, went like a bat out of hell but the frame flexed so bad it was a bear to handle in anything but a straight line and we wont even talk about the brakes....................Your gonna love your Wing.
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Re: introduction

Postby actionpack » Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:44 am

welcome aboard zray , sounds like your ready to roll
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Re: introduction

Postby dingdong » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:10 am

Welcome zray. Is the 78 yours or a customers? If you have never worked on an old wing you will be in need of some assistance. We will be glad to provide the help.
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zray
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Re: introduction

Postby zray » Tue Dec 06, 2011 10:14 am

dingdong wrote:Welcome zray. Is the 78 yours or a customers? If you have never worked on an old wing you will be in need of some assistance. We will be glad to provide the help.


hey dingdong, I see you've in OKC. I worked at Triumph of OKC when they were on 29th St. Also worked at Jandebeurs Honda-Kawasaki, also on 29th. Either of those places still around ?

it's a customers. I worked on numerous Gold Wings, and all the other Honda models, (when they were "new") from '69 to about '85. Some of my knowledge in still floating around upstairs, but some has vanished...
I do have a '73 Honda CL-350 that I'm restoring. I paid $75 for it. It actually started after some fresh gas and new battery !



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Re: introduction

Postby HyperPete » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:12 pm

Welcome, from one new member to another. I had a friend who had one of those Kawasaki 500 triples - 2 stroke, right? It was a rocket! Great in a straight line, but it didn't turn worth a darn.
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Re: introduction

Postby littlebeaver » Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:11 pm

Welcome to the site, nice car...Lots of smart guys around here to help...Very talented too..You are in the correct spot for an intro..welcome again...

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Re: introduction

Postby dingdong » Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:29 am

Zray. Neither place is still in business. I can't remember how long they have been closed though. Quite a few years. I had forgotten about them.
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Re: introduction

Postby bustedwing » Thu Dec 08, 2011 1:03 pm

Welcome to the bunch. I also ot one time owned a Kaw but it was a 750 3cyl 2 stroke. That was before crotch rockets but it would have been one of the first.You could be crusing at 50mph, drop two gears, jump on it , and be doing 90 before you realised it. Very little crusing comfort like the wings of today, but I got rid of it because it was one of the few bikes that scared me.
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Re: introduction

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:18 pm

bustedwing wrote:Welcome to the bunch. I also ot one time owned a Kaw but it was a 750 3cyl 2 stroke. That was before crotch rockets but it would have been one of the first.You could be crusing at 50mph, drop two gears, jump on it , and be doing 90 before you realised it. Very little crusing comfort like the wings of today, but I got rid of it because it was one of the few bikes that scared me.

What year was that kawa...

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Re: introduction

Postby zray » Thu Dec 08, 2011 8:06 pm

the Kawasaki 500 H-1 triple I had was a 1970. The first year for that model was 1969. I could have bought a Honda CB-750 instead, but you can't expect a 19 year old to act rationally. Nonetheless I drove the Kawasaki al over the USA, and to the east coast/New England from Oklahoma several times.

The Kawasaki 750 (H-2) triple was introduced in 1972. Both the H-2 & H-1 were nicknamed "widowmaker". However I drove my Kaw 500 flat out many times, about 119 mph and never had any trouble with the handling. The wheelies were fun, but controllable, power came on in a nice rush at about 4,500-5,000 rpm. Instant wheelies in the lower 3 gears.

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Re: introduction

Postby actionpack » Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:39 pm

i had a 750 suzie , i was maybe 20 , that thing would screem
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Re: introduction

Postby littlebeaver » Thu Dec 08, 2011 11:19 pm

Wow, my hero as a child was Bronson, I guess he rode a Harley sportster, who cares what bike a guy rides the coolness of it all is touring the Nation as you did, I find that to be extremely cool, it's a rush for me. I love the unexpected......Zray that Kawa sounds like fun days for you... :D

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Re: introduction

Postby zray » Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:14 am

in my early riding years I owned the following bikes in this order:

a 1968 Honda CB-350, which I didn't know was too small to be a highway machine. I bought it in NYC (more on that later) and drove it to Boston, then Oklahoma, then back east thru Indiana on the way to Hartford, CN.


then the 1970 Kawasaki H-1 500cc:


A 1971 Rickman Triumph: this is the one that I really had the most fun on as far as long distance jaunts go. I'll never forget the trips in '72 & '73 up Skyline Drive (Skyline Drive is a 105-mile road that runs the entire length of the National Park Service's Shenandoah National Park in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia).


Another English masterpiece, the 1972 Triumph Daytona 500. Often overlooked in favor of the bigger 650cc Triumph, it was perfectly balanced and loved to rev.



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Re: introduction

Postby bustedwing » Fri Dec 09, 2011 10:22 am

Lilbeav, the Kaw I had was early 70s, I think 73 but memory fades. The only thing wrong with it was no 2nd gear but with all that torque not a real problem.
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Re: introduction

Postby actionpack » Fri Dec 09, 2011 5:21 pm

i was about 15 when a neightbor said climb on his 500 triumph , i owned a allstate , 49 cc , i had no idea what kind of power that bike had , i pop the clutch on that scoot and it popped a wheeley , went about 20 feet and that thing high sided me and then rolled forward and layed the pipes right on my ankle , burnt it bad befor they got the bike off me , that was when i new i needed me a bigger ride , lol


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