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Inside a W1
« on: 02.12. 2014 16:57 »
Might be of some interest:

I picked up the December edition of Classic Motorcycle Mechanics magazine just last week (it's a UK publication). It's concerned predominantly with Japanese bikes of the 70s and 80s but stretches to other eras and makes. Within it's pages is a short article with pics on the insides of a Kawasaki W1 engine. I'd have liked to have seen some more of it really.

Anyone here got thoughts and experience in comparisons with our old bangers?
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Re: Inside a W1
« Reply #1 on: 02.12. 2014 17:52 »
They look well engineered, but Americans who had them at the time said they were a bit lacklustre to ride, at least compared to late 1960s competition.

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Re: Inside a W1
« Reply #2 on: 02.12. 2014 19:18 »

 I knew a couple who had one each, and their mate Wilf as well, they kinda looked the part but a bit chunky, all else I can remember is I could outrun 'em in second on my Rocket.....
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Re: Inside a W1
« Reply #3 on: 02.12. 2014 19:49 »
Many years ago I nearly bought a head at a swap meet thinking it was a A7 twin carb. *red*
I certainly see a lot more A7/10's on the road than W1's these days. Their fetching reasonable $ when they surface on ebay.
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Re: Inside a W1
« Reply #4 on: 02.12. 2014 21:17 »
My wife's nephew has two, had a ride on one, yes a bit wide but fairly smooth/refined compare to an A  *shh*(hush my mouth), but there again I think it's probably easier to improve a design than invent the original.
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Re: Inside a W1
« Reply #5 on: 02.12. 2014 21:46 »
Did they use a front mounted generator, or alternator?

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Re: Inside a W1
« Reply #6 on: 02.12. 2014 21:55 »
Over the years I've ridden only 2 ...  1 I owned for a couple of years..
BOTH were i'll handling... bucking all over the place when leaned into a fast corner..

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Re: Inside a W1
« Reply #7 on: 03.12. 2014 07:41 »
Jeez Woz, is that a pink shirt just like the one I had? Ah the 70's, can't remember much *ex*
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Re: Inside a W1
« Reply #8 on: 03.12. 2014 07:51 »
it's bloody YELLOW...   or maybe GOLD....
never PINK...   *rant*
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Re: Inside a W1
« Reply #9 on: 03.12. 2014 08:44 »
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is that a pink shirt just like the one I had? Ah the 70's, can't remember much *ex*

Well not only memory gone but colour blind too ;)
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