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Came across this:

"The rear-end of the motorcycle has been shattered with a damaged swingarm, wrecked chassis and severely damaged body parts. Luckily, the rider of the motorcycle survived but suffered from multiple fractures. Details about the vehicle that rear-ended the H2 are still unknown."


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Just a reminder to be safe out there!
 

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That's always been one of my biggest fears...getting rear-ended. Even if you leave yourself some room, and keep your eyes on the rear-view, that's about as helpless as it's possible to be on a bike.

Any idea where this bike was?
 

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Best guess is in front of the vehicle that hit it lol. The article didn't mention where, but did say who they thought the rider was.

https://www.facebook.com/OneArmH2
 
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It's a shame I've already seen quite a few accidents on these bikes, some fatal. Not the type of legacy you want for your newest flagship model.

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I'd rather see a few wrecked than people not riding them. From the looks of it, riders in most of those probably didn't fair too well. The upper middle picture I think was the first death that occurred on an H2 (in the US).
 

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Well Kawasaki has from there beginning 50 years ago always been at the leading edge of the performance segment. Their rotary valve 350 twins were about the fastest Japanese motorcycles on the market with straight line performance almost comparable to the "big bikes" produced by the U.S. and English. until 1969 when Honda released the CB750 four and Kawasaki shocked everyone with the totally nasty H1 MachIII 500 Triple. Kawasaki did a bang up business selling parts for crashed H1's, 72' came along and the release of the 750 H2 MachIV and another performance level was breached. 73' and the legendary Z1 900. I saw the effects of lower performance riders overwhelmed by 75 to 80hp and now we are seeing the effects of riders and 200hp well at least they are "speed limited" from the factory besides the high buy in price limiting the "damage".
 

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That's always been one of my biggest fears...getting rear-ended. Even if you leave yourself some room, and keep your eyes on the rear-view, that's about as helpless as it's possible to be on a bike.

Any idea where this bike was?
Got rear-end at a Stop sign many years ago. The car driver's comment. "I didn't think you were going to stop." Ended up with a prolapsed disc...still wakes me up at night and when I throw my leg over the 650. At the time the Orthopedic surgeon treating me told me that I had acquired a degenerative disc problem that would get worse with time. 20+ years later and on a bad day my partner has to help me out of bed....take care out there guys, you pay tomorrow for what happens today.
 
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It's a shame I've already seen quite a few accidents on these bikes, some fatal. Not the type of legacy you want for your newest flagship model.

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Are you saying that the bike is the cause of these crashes? I'm guessing no, because we know the media dislikes motorcycles, so they wouldn't be shy about running a hit piece on the latest "death machine" from the motorcycle world.
 

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Are you saying that the bike is the cause of these crashes? I'm guessing no, because we know the media dislikes motorcycles, so they wouldn't be shy about running a hit piece on the latest "death machine" from the motorcycle world.
What I'm saying is 1. It's unfortunate some folks have died pushing the envelope and 2. I'm fairly sure Kawasaki doesn't like to have the new flasgship get this type of negative publicity, regardless of if it's the riders, bikes or other party involved's fault.
 

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What I'm saying is 1. It's unfortunate some folks have died pushing the envelope and 2. I'm fairly sure Kawasaki doesn't like to have the new flasgship get this type of negative publicity, regardless of if it's the riders, bikes or other party involved's fault.
Gotcha. 1. You're abso right. and 2. I think that the media is usually more focused on what the rider was doing wrong and whether or not they were wearing a helmet. Not much care is given to the specific type of bike beyond maybe the manufacturer - most reporters probably couldn't explain the difference between an R6 and an R1.
 

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Those aren't all the same accident(s)
Yes, you're correct, the first and third picture is from South Africa, the fifth is from Australia and the fourth from Brazil. My comment was concerning the second, should have included that, sorry.
 

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Came across this:

"The rear-end of the motorcycle has been shattered with a damaged swingarm, wrecked chassis and severely damaged body parts. Luckily, the rider of the motorcycle survived but suffered from multiple fractures. Details about the vehicle that rear-ended the H2 are still unknown."


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Just a reminder to be safe out there!
My Uncle Jerry used to build these incredible gliders out of balsa wood. Only problem was he couldnt fly them. I remember one masterpiece he crashed, and this little kid comes running up to us asking "Hey mister, can I have that piece?" LMAO Im tempted to ask the same thing (sadly) seeing your H2................
 
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