Author Topic: Rosey Grier riding a 1971 Kawasaki F8 250 Bison in The Thing with Two Heads  (Read 897 times)

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A 1971 Kawasaki F8 250 Bison was used in the movie The Thing with Two Heads starring Rosey Grier, Ray Miland and Don Marshall. The Kawasaki Bison was manufactured in 1971 and 1972, and is a dual sport or dual purpose motorcycle with a single cylinder two stroke engine. Dual sport means the motorcycle is designed to be ridden on road and off road. Being a two stroke motorcycle makes this bike unique among modern motorcycles, but also the fuel system sets the motorcycle apart from even other two stroke motorcycles of its day. It has a carbureted engine like other two strokes, but the carburetor is connected to the crankcase and sits inside the right outer crankcase cover along with the 2 stroke oil injection pump. Normally the carburetor is attached to the engines cylinder on the opposite side of the exhaust port. Fuel enters the crankcase from the right side and is controlled with a rotary valve instead of the more conventional piston port or reed valves. This made the right outer crankcase cover stick out farther than other 2 stroke engines, which you can see in the photo below. You can also see where the throttle cable and cable controlling the 2 stroke oil injection pump enter the cover.

The 1971 Kawasaki F8 250 Bison was ridden by Rosey Grier, Don Marshall and the transplanted head of Ray Miland. The movie has a very long motorcycle chase scene lasting over 10 minutes, and a large part of the chase takes place during a motocross race, so you get to see quite a few interesting bikes. There is one scene showing all three characters on the motorcycle, but if you look closely the motorcycle gas tank is missing. I guess the motorcycle is standing still for the shot.. See the photo below.


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Photo's from the movie The Thing with Two Heads:


The original The Thing with Two Heads movie poster.


A 1971 Kawasaki F8 250 Bison. The lights have been removed.


Rosey Grier and Don Marshall on a 1971 Kawasaki F8 250 Bison.


Rosey Grier holding a motorcycle front end in front of him and all three actors pretending their riding on a motorcycle.


Rosey Grier stunt double riding a 1971 Kawasaki F8 250 Bison.


Here you can see the right outer crankcase cover and where the carburetor and oil injection pump cable enters the cover on a 1971 Kawasaki F8 250 Bison.


The scene where you can see the motorcycle frame but the gas tank is missing.


A 1971 Kawasaki F8 250 Bison in great condition.
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