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Kawasaki Samurai

Kawasaki A1-R Race

During the mid 60s Kawasaki led the world in race technology, the pinnacle of arguable being the 125cc V four two …. The complex but design proved to be uncompetitive but set the on the right track, eventually a twin cylinder racer, Englishman Dave Simmonds the 1969 125cc world

May 1966 saw Kawasaki launch its new road machine named the This air-cooled disc machine quickly became the to have with its wild delivery and stunning performance, so it perfect sense for Kawasaki to a racer version. The A1-R in December that year for the 67 season and used many of the roadster.

The frame maintained much of the of the Samurai but the main differences lay the engine with its close gearbox and special lightweight The outboard Mikuni carburettors remote float chambers, the being to richen the mixture acceleration and weaken it when to avoid plug fouling the throttles are cracked open on the exit. Power was down when compared to the Yamaha TD1 but good handling and braking the Kawasaki was competitive allowing to take the A1-R to 4th in the 67 lightweight TT and 10th in the final world standing at the end of that season.

Around 12 machines, priced at each, were imported to the UK that first season and more saw action all around the In the Us Kawasaki was gaining much and saw race success as a way to improve their race effort was a one on many front so the 250cc was joined by a bore out version the A7-R. For 1969 Kawasaki the A1-RA, a ground up redesign saw new forks, frame and cycle upgraded to meet the Yamaha

Inside the engine a dry clutch, cut primary gears, larger big end and forged pistons made the more durable. Larger, Mikuni carbs were too, power was still on the leading Yams however, the numbers of TD1 riding privateers on the each doing their own and with Simmonds’s world in the smaller class, little was thrown at the 250 twin. Before too the 500cc triple based the staggering H1 roadster also saw on the track once again down Kawasaki’s small effort and, despite a up of the new machine being displayed at the show of 1970, the world have to wait until when the factory fully the 250 and 350cc tandem twins.

The machine pictured here is not one of the few UK models, instead this arrived in New Zealand in 1967 and saw action over the next two before being retired as

During that time the carburettors have been for Amals but that mod apart it pretty faithful to the original and was imported to the UK in 2009 by collector and enthusiast Martyn Harris.

Kawasaki A1-R Specifications

Kawasaki Samurai

— Air-cooled disc-valve twin

Bore/… — 53 x

Power — 40bhp @

Torque — 25ft-lb @

Carburation — 26mm

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