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Kawasaki H2 C 1975 Classic Triple Mach IV H 2 H1
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An original 1975 H2-C Purple People Eater, the engine starts and runs well but the bike is in need

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Condition: Used : Split the cost with friends
An item that has been previously used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab
Seller notes: An original 1975 H2-C Purple People Eater, the engine starts and runs well but the bike is in need of restoration.
Year: 1975 Mileage: 8,339
Manufacturer: Kawasaki Engine Size: 750
Model: H2-C Gears: Five-speed manual
Type: Super Sport Start Type: Kick start
Colour: Purple Drive Type: Chain
Metallic Paint: Yes Previously Registered Overseas: Yes

Welcome to the Motorcycle Emporium

Classic Motorcycle Imports direct from the USA. Based in Winchester Hampshire


For sale Kawasaki H2 (stock number 533)

Frame Number: H2F - 44384

Engine number: H2E - 44682

Build Date: January 1975

Mileage: 8,339

This is a £1 start no reserve auction, there is no buy it now price and the auction will run to the end, so please bid with confidence.

All our stock is direct from the USA so this motorcycle will need to be registered in the UK. All duties are paid and we will provide all necessary import documentation, we hold the US Title so no further dating certificate will be required. Please see below for the simple step buy step guide on how this is done.

This is a £1 start no reserve auction, there is no buy it now price and the auction will run to the end so please bid with confidence.


Back in 1971 the motorcycling world was just recovering from the 500cc Mach III H1 which Kawasaki had unleashed barely 2 years earlier, the press didn’t know what to make of it, appalling fuel consumption, evil handling but very fast. What Kawasaki knew was that speed sold, so it was time to turn up the wick and wheel out the big brother, the H2-750 Mach IV.


This was an age when excess ruled and the H2 did excess like no bike had ever done it before and arguably since, it was the ultimate stroker, 74 BHP a top speed of 126mph and acceleration like no other production machine. This was a bike that would pull wheelies in the first three gears, often with no incitement from the rider, the bike that insurance companies refused to insure, the bike that held a finger up to the world and then left it trailing in a haze of blue smoke.


During its short lifetime the H2 was progressively detuned in an attempt to tame the handling, improve the fuel consumption and meet the ever more stringent emission controls, although in the end making an H2 civilised was never going to work and production ceased. This is a motorcycle the like of which will never be seen again.


This particular machine is in need of restoration but it is a great starting point as largely complete, original and running motorcycle. This is also arguably the most sought after model, the H2C Purple People Eater.



As can be seen from the photographs the paint work is original, it is tatty and will need to be refinished, the surface rust is superficial, the tank is however solid and very clean internally. The side panels are both have surface rust, the paint is peeling and the surface pitted, the panels are undamaged and solid. The tail piece is in similar condition, surface rust, the paint requires refinishing but it is undamaged and solid. In summary all of the paint set is tatty with surface rust but it is all very useable and would repaint well.


The front mudguard is dented in the top, the chrome is in good condition and the mudguard is very solid.  Both wheels are the original Takasago items; the front wheel is date coded 4D, it is generally clean although there are some marks in the chrome; the rear wheel is coded 4K with some light rust on the rear rim.


The seat cover is an original item, it does have a split on the rear edge where the cover folds under the base, there is also a small split on the rear of the left hand side.


The bike is fitted with the original exhaust system, it does have some damage and marks but it is in solid and useable condition. Please review the pictures. The top right hand pipe has a dent and scrape on the underside from some enthusiastic cornering, the bottom right hand pipe has a couple of small dents at the rear, the left hand pipe is in good order. All of the pipes have marks and some areas of light surface rust on the chrome but all are solid.



The engine starts and runs well, the bike is running on its tank and oil system. Although as with any restoration bike we would recommend that bike was given a complete service at the very minimum critical components checked. When the engine is running there are no untoward mechanical noises or signs of any mechanical issues. The fins on the barrels have been cut for some reason that we do not understand.


We have not test ridden the bike as the clutch is not working there is no resistance at all so there is clearly an issue with the operating arm or mechanism, this will require investigation and resolution. We have performed a static check and the gears all select well. 



The chassis and cycle parts will need cosmetic and in some cases mechanical attention. The frame paint is original; it does have some surface rust and would benefit from refinishing. The headstock, swinging arm and wheel bearings show no sign of excessive play but again given the length of time that the bike has been stored, all of these safety critical items will need inspection and we strongly recommend replacement. 


The front and rear brakes need attention; the front brake works but binds on, the rear brake is not working and this will need further investigation. The forks stanchions are rusty and will need rechroming or, as it is now often cheaper, replacement. The rear shocks have light rust on the springs but are useable on a bike which is to be ridden and enjoyed.


The bike retains its original air box.



The electrical systems are all functional, the headlight high / dip beam and tail / brake lights are all working. The indicators are working as is the horn. The switchgear has no damage or missing parts but I believe that these are from an earlier model H2 although why this would be I am not sure. The instruments are cosmetically clean.



Kawasaki’s H2 is among the most sought after and collectable of all Japanese classic bikes and in particular the H2-C, with the best now commanding prices in excess of £15,000. Please make no mistake this motorcycle will require full restoration, but the opportunity to obtain such a great project machine does not arise often these days and, as with all of Kawasaki's legendary triples, these bikes are just becoming rarer and the prices continuing to rise. The parts supply is now good with many parts now being re-made and available from specialist suppliers.


Please look at the photographs carefully as these form an integral part of this motorcycles description. A larger version of these pictures can be seen on our website  


We hold the US title for this bike so no further dating certificate will be required. All duties have been paid and it is registered on the NOVA database, all paperwork will be supplied and the registration process is very straightforward.


We spend a good deal of time working with the DVLA and HMRC to ensure that are bikes and the supplied paperwork are compliant with all current legislation in order that our customers do not have any difficulties in obtaining age related registrations, we have not had a problem with this in over 500 motorcycles we have sold.

Please to not bid on any motorcycle we have for sale if you are not prepared to spend time maintaining and repairing a motorcycle. All of the machines we sell are at least 30 years old and as such can be prone to failure or breakdown. If you cannot or are not prepared to spin the occasional spanner we would not recommend purchase of this motorcycle.

If you want to view the bike: Call Tony on 07745 650984. We are happy to meet up 7 days a week when possible. We also open most Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, stock levels change but we can have up to 60 classic bikes in stock at any one time so feel free to drop in for a look round. Our address can found at

Our Feedback: Our customers say we offer a good honest description, we are helpful, we are professional, collection and payment is made easy, communication is good and many customers buy from us more than once. Please see our feed back list.

If you win: Please contact us within 48 hours of the end of the auction. Call Tony on 07745 650984 or email via eBay. Bikes can be stored for a period should you not be able to collect immediately by agreement.

Payment: We accept payment by bank transfer, cheque or cash on collection, if payment is made by cheque the funds will need to clear before the bike can be released.

Need it delivered: We recommend Peter and Chas they are often in the area picking up from us and delivering across the UK and Europe. They are professional, reliable and will treat your motorcycle like their own. If you have your own shipper we are more than happy to work with them.

Need a price: Call/email Peter or Chas direct.

UK: Call Peter on 07831 559538

Europe: Call Chas on 01233 633623

Web link for Peter and Chas:

If you win the auction: Call your shipper, give them Tony’s number (07745 650984) and leave the rest to us, we like to make the whole process nice and easy.

International Buyers: We are more than happy to deal with International buyers. Please contact Chas direct if you need shipping prices. 

How to register your motorcycle:

1. MOT the motorcycle on the chassis number.

2. Insure the motorcycle on the chassis number.

3. We at the Motorcycle Emporium will provide the following forms:

· An invoice.

· All customs and excise paper work as evidence that import duties have been paid.

· A V55/5 – Application for a First License for A Used Motor Vehicle Form

The original title where that is available, if the original title is not available a letter from the manufacturers UK importer will be required, we will supply contact details and forms needed. If the manufacturer no longer exists, as in the case of classic British machines, then the DVLA will accept dating certificates from a certified list of suppliers.

4. Take all the paper work to your local DVLA office and you will then receive a certificate allowing you to purchase a number plate, the Tax disc will follow 2 to 3 days later. Please note, as from October 2013 all paperwork will need to be sent directly to the DVLA.

5. A normal V5C Registration Certificate will follow by post within the next 28 days.

Finally don’t forget that you will need to advise your insurance company of the newly issued registration number.

6. Need help after buying, just give us a call on 07745 650984.


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