Well im starting this blog, mainly so i have a record of the restoration process of one of the rarest most sought after Kawasaki race bikes ever. The H1R.
My family had a locally owned/operated Kawasaki dealership from the late 60's until 2000. I grew up racing and riding, tho not much into street, i remember a customer who was a road racer... Fast forward to 2011 and im working at a aircraft engine production facility and the road racer i remember as a kid used to work there. I got chatting to a few of the guys that worked with him, they had told me he still has his racebike in his attic, all torn apart. I didnt think too much of it till i followed it up and figured out his old racebike was an H1R.
A few phone calls later im at his house, he dug out the H1R out of the attic, literally, had been up there for 20 years. Last time it was raced was 1981. it was rougher then id hoped, but as original as he claimed! originality in hard to come by for a bike of this nature.
Shit, lost all the pics of it torn apart at his house!!! so here are a few after i bolted it back together.
Thats the way i got it, seized, rusty, dirty, but original right down to the H1RA kit which included new "non cross over" exhaust, CDI ignition, pistons and cylinders.
Oh, and it should look like this. . .