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Kawasaki KH 500

‘76 Kawasaki KH500 – ‘Kermit’

In a of sterile, bubble-wrapped motorcycle that puts government and usability above all else easy to forget that upon a time, motorcycle was an entirely different beast. for the sake of argument, the rather Kawasaki 500cc triples the 1970s.

Put simply, they an air-cooled three cylinder with two exhausts on one side and one on the barely-there brakes, a penchant for wobbles at high speed and the to flip itself rubber-side-up any decent twist of their They were also quick.

So quick, in fact, that of the day refused to believe Kawasaki’s mile claims until themselves managed to replicate thus proving that the was actually the quickest production of its day. Even the legendary Hemi Cudas would eat dust. Cue this immaculate and green rocket from the Craig Johnston’s Kawasaki – aka ‘Kermit’.

“Kermit is a 76 KH500 has a long history as a café says Craig. “The was first built up 20 years ago by a mate of mine, but due to the whole thing taking over, he to offload the bike. So for the last 18 Kermit has been my play I rode the bike as it was for several until things started to

In the pre-eBay days, sourcing Kwaka parts was nigh on impossible so the bike was parked in my fathers shed and pretty much about while I riding my bikes.

12 months ago, giving my father a hand to some junk out of his shed, I the KH and brought it home the idea of restoring it. 10 plus in a damp shed being as a saw horse hadn’t done the any favours; the engine was locked up, rusted out, fairing and polished alloy and chrome were in a very bad state. I a good six months walking the bike, planning what was and what I wanted to create.

In its original guise it had been highly strung, and was barely street-able much needing 5000rpm to get off the line with some detonation issues. This time I wanted something that was a lot civilized and practical. This would be getting a lot of use, so it had to be to be run hard on pump fuel.”

Kawasaki KH 500
Kawasaki KH 500

“I removed the engine in January and it off for a full rebuild. This the crank, which received and Wossner pistons. While the cases split we also rebuilt the Meanwhile, I finished stripping the The frame went out for sandblasting and powdercoating, but time in the more traditional as against the green that my had painted it previously.

Then the and screen arrived, and they with the tank were off for painting.

The bike was finally for the road in June but it was soon that detonation was going to be an when it was pushed, there was not squish and too much compression. We the barrels and reshaped the combustion dropping the compression down to These changes made a difference and now the bike can be ridden as were intended.”

“Kermit is no show bike and has up nearly 2000km in the last 4 It’s a barrel of fun to ride and as a of Perth Cafe Racers we by the motto “take the long home”. So do we, Craig.

So do we.

Kawasaki KH 500
Kawasaki KH 500
Kawasaki KH 500
Kawasaki KH 500
Kawasaki KH 500
Kawasaki KH 500

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