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Cafe Kawasaki H1

Kawasaki H1 cafe racer
Friend of the site David Edwards sends us these images of his Kawasaki H1 cafe racer, just dripping with 1970s swagger. He says he purchased the bike, a retired proddie-class roadracer, with the intent of going vintage racing. Painted up in Team Cycle World colors, the bike’s track heroics would be chronicled in the pages of the magazine. “We made a good start,” David says, “but then found out that AHRMA didn’t want two-strokes racing in the Sportsman class, even when I offered to bump up one category to the 750cc division. They suggested I add a fairing and make it a GP replica.” Instead, it was decided to turn the Kawi into a period cafe-racer. Already in place was a Tracy one-piece fiberglass body—a $100 junkyard acquisition—plus gold-anodized Sun rims, Works Performance shocks, fat-belly expansion chambers and Raask rearsets. The project was handed over to Illinois-based Kawasaki expert Brian Hilverty, who treated the motor to a complete overhaul and rebuilt the bike from the wheels up. “It’s got low-rise handlebars, instead of its racing Ace bars, for comfort on the street,” David says. “And Brian fitted a modern Ducati steering damper just to keep everything in line, but the extra frame bracing we added seems to have calmed the H1’s allegedly evil handling.” No longer with the magazine, Edwards says the Team CW Kawasaki is now “surplus to needs” and will be up for sale. “Well, maybe after a few more Sunday morning runs down Ortega Highway.”

Kawasaki H1 cafe racer
Kawasaki H1 cafe racer
Kawasaki H1 cafe racer