2012-10-09 12:19:24+0000
  • Make:
  • Kawasaki
  • Model:
  • 350 S2
  • Year:
  • 1972

The Kawasaki 350 S2 is a Japanese made high performance motorcycle built in 1972. It has a three-cylinder, two-stroke 346 cc engine; with a top speed of 106 mph (170.6 km/h).

‟After the success of Honda it was not so easy in the late Sixties for a new Japanese marquee to create an image for itself. Kawasaki, however, succeeded brilliantly in establishing a reputation as an exclusive specialist in sporting motorcycles. It has hung on to its reputation in racing, even though its range is considerably larger nowadays.

Bone-Splintering Acceleration

It all began in 1969 when Kawasaki introduced the 500 Hi, a three-cylinder machine with terrifying acceleration that gave a new dimension to the concept of sporting bikes. Then Kawasaki's French importer, Xavier Maugendre, had the vision to form the Kawa-Godier endurance racing team, which finished first and second in the 1974 Bol d'Or and went one better in the 1975 event by coming in 1-2-3.

One-Make Formula

In 1971, Maugendre, a dyed-in-the-wool racing enthusiast, inaugurated the "Coupe Kawasaki-Moto Revue," a one-make formula that would be copied all over Europe. Initially, the Coupe Kawasaki was based on the 350cc Avenger twin but enjoyed its greatest success from 1972 on, when the formula centered on the three-cylinder 350 S2. This was derived from the famous 500 Hi, probably the most explosive motorcycle of its era, and - though it performed better on a circuit than on the road - the S2 was a little more "civilized" than the Hi.

SPECIFICATIONS

  • Engine: 346cc (53x52.3mm) three-cylinder twostroke
  • Power output: 44 hp @ 8000 rpm
  • Fuel system: triple carburetors
  • Transmission: 5-speed gearbox; chain final drive
  • Suspension: (front) telescopic forks; (rear) swinging arm
  • Brakes: (front) twin leading shoe drum (disc from 1974); (rear) drum
  • Wheels: wire
  • Weight: 335 lb
  • Maximum speed: 106 mph

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In 1974, the Kawasaki 52 was upgraded to 400cc and its designation was changed to 53.”

*This Atlas extra-large trading card is part of the EatSleepRIDE motorcycle stuff collection.

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