1973 Kawasaki F7 175
If you can find a nice one, BUY IT!!!
Cables, chain and sprockets, petcock, bulbs, float needle and seat, battery and clutch plates; nothing other than normal wear items.
The F7 has a very healthy "Bullet Proof" engine and trans that refuse to die, coupled to a strong frame with nicely adjustable suspension and steering geometry. Unfortunately in its day suspension parts on all Japanese bikes were basically junk! So even though the F7 handled as well or better than the other Japanese bikes of its day, it feels like it has a Pogostick suspension when compared to modern bikes! On a smooth track it will hang pretty well with the new bikes, but when the going gets rough, be prepared to get bucked off LOL.
The engine is the #1 strong point of the F7; it is a rotary valve 2 stroke producing 21 horse power at 7000 RPM and stump pulling torque, which is why it would smoke most of the 250 Enduros of its day and probably most of today's as well!
I would love to drop one of these engines in a modern long travel frame with disc brakes; it would be awesome!
Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 20th June, 2016