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Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype


Heavy Industries, the parent of the motorcycle division, is one of the largest companies in the world making the part of the business somewhat of a The company began as a shipyard founded by Shozo Kawasaki. to World War I it had branched out to produce marine transportation, steel, and engines.

After World War II, all had work except the aircraft which still had skilled and production equipment.

The plant to produce motorcycle parts for makers but in 1958 they to produce their own motorcycle. much initial success in the motocross racing circuit, reluctantly chose to export as the market was flooded with motorcycles. With small engines and nothing to set them from their competition in disappointing sales in North

Kawasaki knew that was important in the North American but concluded that acceleration was In 1967 they released the cylinder two … 250cc and later released the larger 350cc Avenger. The later drag down the 1/4 mile in 15 at 100mph from a standing

Kawasaki H1 500 MACH III

In 1969, started to develop a name for with bikes boasting adequate frames and very performance, the start of which was the H1 (500cc) also known as the III.

The H1 was excellent for wheelies due to its weight bias and powerful but motor. It gulped a lot of fuel and had a reputation. Two smaller versions also released, the S1 (250cc) and the S2

In 1972, a bigger version of the was produced called H2 or Mach IV

Production stopped when rules got too strict in the mid 70’s and motorcycles such as the Honda and Kawasaki’s own legendary Z1/Z900/Z1000 came to be seen as more responsible and sophisticated.

The Grean were no more. Today they have a rather and rabid cult following.

the relative success of the A-series and the W-series 650, Kawasaki desperate to capture the world for high performance motorcycles. a brief flirtation with a 500 two … in 1967, they instead to go with a three design. The result, the 500 MACH III H1

The introduction of the H1 in September 1968 was to quite a storm in the motorcycle This fire breathing, two … would produce 60 bhp and nearly 120 mph. Kawasaki a standing quarter in 12.4 and were quick to sell the H1 on unbelievable performance. Just as because this bike was than a handful in anything but a line.

The H1 was soon to become known as the with the ripple’.

Were you man to tame this bucking Many riders tried and

What a shot! Amazing you consider the Kawasaki 500 MachIII was a brute, but it looks just a work of industrial art here.

Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype

The H1 was also known in Japan as the It was available in Midnight White or Grey, The white option the most popular. Capacitor Ignition was fitted along a twin leading front brake.

The front and rear were polished stainless The five speed gearbox was in the respect that the gears all up with neutral at the bottom. The change shaft was double to allow the owner to either a right or left side change. This was to appeal to bike enthusiasts and perhaps them to a ‘rice burner’.

An option of high or low handlebars was The fuel tap was an automatic diaphram a first for Kawasaki.

The 1970 had very few changes except for the and markings. It was now available in only one option, candy red. The piping on the seat cover was to black and the rear grab was slightly modified.

The 1971 was different in quite a few departments. The was now changed to Candy Blue but the tank was now re-shaped to not include the cut out knee grips on the side of the The MACH 111 500 badge was dropped in of vinyl decals. This was used on all 1971 Kawasaki

The chain guard was now finished in instead of chrome. Some especially the UK model, were now with conventional points and instead of the CDI system because of with radio interference.

The model was offered in Pearl Orange with the now famous pattern. The petrol cap was now a chrome type and the seat cover was now instead of just a plain The front and rear fender was now matched to the rest of the paintwork and the light lens shape was A single disk brake was at the front and the front forks, handlebar controls, footrests and were all re-designed.

The rear panel was now finished in black and the engine cases were now instead of being painted grey. In an effort to reduce the mufflers, baffles and air cleaner were also modified. All the cables were now finished in instead of grey.

A hydraulic steering damper was now as well as the previous friction in an effort to improve the handling.

Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype
Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype
Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype


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