Friday, November 19, 2010
Boots Langley: Building Kawasaki Triples for the 21st Century
Boots Langley has been a fan of Kawasaki’s two-stroke, three-cylinder bikes since 1973, when he first bought a brand-new H1D 500. ‘Today, I can build you a 2010 Kawasaki H1 or H2. What I mean by that is, I build not only a freshly restored bike or engine, but it's now designed to run on today's 91 Unleaded fuel,’ says Langley on his website.
The bike you see here is Langley’s Ultimate Cafe Racer (UCR), which he says he is the best triple he’s ever built. ‘It is the culmination of over 16 years of building and rebuilding my 1973 H2 750. You see it in its 4th reincarnation,’ he says. The spec is pretty impressive – the two-stroke three-cylinder 750cc Kawasaki engine produces 90 horsepower, the bike rides on 18-inch magnesium wheels from a TZ750, brake discs and callipers are from a TZ250 and GPZ550, the 43mm adjustable front fork is off an FJ1200, the aluminium swingarm is from a GPZ750 Turbo and the fuel tank is from a KR750.
If the medley of parts from half a dozen bikes don’t get your attention, the paintjob definitely will – Langley has had the bike painted in DuPont’s ‘Hot Hues’ Urethane paint with custom graphics. We can only try and imagine what this thing sounds like when it’s fired up. Should be freaking awesome! :-D
For more details, visit Boots Langley’s website here
Via 2 Stroke Biker