Although I started out with a Honda 50 in the mid 1960s, I quickly developed an appetite for more power. Two trade-ins later, my hopped-up Kawasaki A7 Avenger, though only a 350, was the quickest bike in the small town where I attended college. When Kawasaki's 500cc H-1 triple was introduced it quickly developed a reputation as the King of Quick, and I simply had to have one. When the H-1 was eclipsed by the 750cc H-2 in 1972, I got one of those, too. Although the H-2 was quickly overshadowed by the Z-1, the big 903cc four-stroke four never quite stimulated my speed gland-probably because the refined Z-1 lacked the H-2's hooliganesque character. But thanks to the Z-1, I did get to hold the quickest time of any tester at a major magazine for a few years with a 12.19-second, 112-mph quarter-mile run.