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Kawasaki 750 Spectre US Import

Unread post by Saul » Thu Apr 05, 2018 11:53 pm

Now this one takes me back a bit. This was a Kawasaki Spectre 750 and it was imported from Texas. Needed the jets altered for UK fuel but apart from that it was an excellent bike. I was a dispatch rider at the time so it got a bit of hard use hence why it looks a bit rough around the edges in this photo but, it stood up well to the daily grind.

I kept it for about 12 months and then sold it to one of my fellow dispatch riders when I left for Dubai....a country much better suited to a bike like this!
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Re: Kawasaki 750 Spectre US Import

Unread post by cooltouch » Sun Apr 08, 2018 7:40 pm

That 750 was the DOHC twin, wasn't it? For whatever reason, it's kind of obscure anymore here in the States. I don't think Kawasaki built very many of them -- or at least, not many got imported into the US. By the late 70s, most bikers had caught multi-cylinder fever, which might be why it wasn't more popular than it was. I've seen only one before and it was in a bike bone yard. Seems like it would have been a cool bike, though.

Do you know how the pistons moved on that bike? For example, most Brit twins have a 360-degree crank, where the pistons move up and down in unison, trading off on compression and exhaust strokes. Some twins -- like at least one of the new Triumph twins, the Moto Guzzis and Ducatis, have a 270-degree crank, which I personally think is a much better arrangement. But it's uncommon in parallel twins, for whatever reason.
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Re: Kawasaki 750 Spectre US Import

Unread post by Saul » Sun Apr 08, 2018 8:08 pm

The Kawasaki 750 Spectre was an inline four. Same bike as the GT750 just a slightly customised version. I had the GT also but it was stolen from outside my house just a few weeks after buying it :(
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The Kawasaki GT750 and the smaller GT550 were the dispatchers bike of choice here in the UK because they were so tough. They just kept going and going often racking up 200k miles or more.
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