- A ground breaking achievement at the time, 60hp from a 2 stroke engine, in a bike with an m.s.r.p. of just under $1000. Compared to 4 stroke bikes of era. that had less power, were heavier, and cost more.
- Kawasaki’s ” widow maker”, was aptly named due to its wild power band, marginal high speed handling and weak brakes.
- For 1972, a front disc brake was installed to help stopping somewhat, and a simpler ignition using points was used, to keep costs down. Previously in 1970-71, a CDI breaker less system was used.
- Nonetheless, this nimble, powerful bike was capable of a a top speed of 115 mph. And sales were brisk as a result.Today, like most old bikes, it feels relatively tame. However, true to its reputation, it really is exciting to ride, because as a package it is thrilling. The power band is typical for a 2 stroke, with a big power hit at top of rpm range.
- This particular bike has been completely restored to stock specifications, except for the exhaust system.