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your not mistaken,,,,,there was the 500,,and the 750,both two stroke triples,,,they went like STINK!! in a straight line,,but would not go round bends:shock:,,they had the Nick name of the Widow makers,,in the UK for obvious reasonsI thought there was like this Kawasaki 500 in the early 70's that was blowing everything off the road. Maybe I'm mistaken.
In 1971 I owned a Yamaha XS650. My wife's brother had a new Kawi Mach 3 500cc triple that he thought would kill anything. He had a huge ego and had to have the fastest of anything.The Kawasaki Mach 3 was a 3 cylinder, 500 cc, 2 stroke that was untouchable. Very lightweight, acceleration beyond belief, it could outrun anything over a short haul, if you could hang on. I recall it came out in 1969, about the same time as the Honda CB750.
And that as they say was that. :waving:I bought a brand new CB750 in 1978. Had it for 3 weeks and then my friend let me sit on his Gold Wing. The next morning I was at the Honda dealer talking trade-in.
You are correct oldishwinger Norton was king and even then Ducati was leading the pack in their class. Ducati had a 250cc single that was well respected.yep there was a fair bit of innovation, in bikes then, I remember the 500 triple kawi two stroke was the quickest thing around and lethal in the wrong hands.
they raced them on roads here, pretty much standard, and I seem to remember a law being changed here, when a youngster got his hands one, and died.
all the two strokes where wonderfully quick off the start, (lousy power in a head wind lol ) but the 4 strokes always took over in the top end.
the norton commando had a great rep here too, but Honda would have been one of the leaders in change, not sure about years here, maybe 60s and 70s with the 350 twin, then in-line 4 350, then in-line 4 500 and in- line 4 750 and of course our boxer 1000cc goldwing.
have some great riding memory's of that era.
Some things never change...In 1977 I had a brand new 76 GL1000 with a windjammer on it. We were all hangin out one Friday night, and me and a guy with a bored out Triumph 650 (loud pipesand a Zig-Zag man painted on the yellow tank)went out to pick up some beer from a local store. He thought his bike was fast, and it was a pretty cool bike. He got on it off a light, and I just stayed with him and let him wind up the Triumph. He went through all the gears, and I just stayed next to him in second. We he was done with his show, I opened up the wing and just smoked him. We got back to the group and and he was speechless. He said all he saw was a tailight and a woosh go past him. They thought I was kinda different, and quiet, and thought the wing was just a big oldlumbering road bike. It changed their minds pretty good that night.
Same bike, I was going up I-75 from Detroit toRoscommon and I stopped for gas at an exit on the side of the freeway. A couple of guys were on a Mach III, and was in the store looking at the magazines when I went in to pay for the gas, and they said nice bike and all that and were acting kind of weird. I got back on the freeway, and after a couple of miles they showed up next to me, kind of weaving towards me and hollering and acting stupid. I opened it up from about 65 mph and held it there about 5 minutes. I didn't see them again ever, and when I looked down at the speedo, I was moving along at a brisk 110 MPH. I was surprised, on the one hand it was smooth and did not have a sensation of going 110, on the other hand, I thought it would have gone faster. I wonder now if I had it all the way open?