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Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype

Kawasaki H1 Mach III

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The Kawasaki H1 Mach III was a 500cc motorcycle manufactured by the Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki Motorcycle The Mach III was a standard or Universal motorcycle sold in the U.S. and from 1969 through


During the mid 1960s, the motorcycle market had become the on the planet. American riders demanding bikes with horsepower and higher maximum Kawasaki already had the first the Kawasaki W series but it did not fit the niche was aiming for.

Honda its Honda CB450 in 1965 and in the Suzuki T500 1 Cobra Also in development was the Yamaha XS Already familiar with the CB450, Kawasaki development work on the top secret N100 in 1967. The goal was to produce a with 500cc displacement was able to develop 60hp and lay 13-second quarter-mile times, considered over the achievable for a road bike.

The Mach III appeared in the U.S. in with a white sculpted fuel tank and blue stripe along the lower of the tank, special Dunlop K77 and suggested retail price of (US) according to Dragbike.com.

not a direct successor of the Kawasaki W2, the W2 was the four-… motorcycle Kawasaki had for the market and that market was not that of Japan where the W2 well. In the U.S. the Mach III was an hit while the W2 sat in showrooms. The American was one where power and speed in motorcycles (and autos) and the W2 was no match for the Mach III in any way.

A engine

The engine, developed Kawasaki’s N100 Plan, was a two … with a displacement of cubic centimeters (30.45 inches) producing 173.27 kg at 7400 rpm. Fuel and air was provided by 3 Mikuni VM 28mm Fuel/air ignition was through a discharge ignition which the 12 volt system to 40 volts.

A thyristor-based switching system increased the voltage to between and 30,000 volts reducing the fuel mixture within the


Bore and Stroke: 60 х mm

Compression Ratio: 6.8:1

3x Mikuni VM28SC carbs.

Kick start.

Transmission: 5 (5 up) wet transmission, chain driven.

Double cradle tube with twin top tubes at three intermediate points.

Suspension: Telescopic hydraulic spring telescopic front

Rear suspension: Three-position preload adjustable shock and swing arm (rear).

Front and Brakes: 180mm drum. to a Single 296mm disc for the

Top speed: 185 km/h (115+ The test version hit 190 km/h mph).


The Mach III was an extremely successful for its time and its speed attracted owners. It had a standing 1/4 mile run of under 13 seconds and a top speed of mph. Its power to weight was 1:6 which translates to 2.72 kg to every 1 horsepower (0.75 kW).

In May of year, editors of Motorcyclist called the Mach’s power-to-weight the best ever produced in a meant to sell to anyone who has the to purchase it.

Handling characteristics not favorable according to many Viewed logically, the Kawasaki H1 had flaws. The gearbox was odd, neutral below first, the very questionable and the handling marginal in every situation except when the bike was with the engine switched

Not for nothing was the H1 known as, “The with the ripple”.

Motobase an opinion: [. ] the engine was too quick for the Sports riders back were possibly more perhaps, or maybe its outrageous simply muffled any criticisms should have been at the chassis and suspension? Whatever may have thought, having an H1, or to whichever degree they had themselves, the majority would smile, and say something like, some rocket-ship, man!

Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype

Kawasaki had created their cult machine! Motorcycle recorded some unusual for the Mach III such as Flexible Widow Maker, Kamikaze Triple with a Ripple, Launcher.

The H1 by year

1969: is white with dark lettering and racing stripe.

Changes were made the color which was Candy Red.

1971: Model is H1A . Major changes a new fuel not recessed at the rider’s knees, new decal graphics present on Kawasakis. Color change to Blue.

1972: Model is H1B . The CDI was replaced with a battery system. A very much front disc brake was along with steering oil adopted. The color and overall scheme was entirely new with a matching fenders and fuel A new elongated S-stripe or wave for the fuel tank.

Color was Pearl Candy color aka Rainbow Color.

Model desingnation is H1D . Major being the addition of Kawasaki’s 2nd race tail behind the and partially covering the taillight to the H2. The advanced CDI unit from the H2 was The steering damper and rear air scoop were both for this year. Color was Lime.

Front fender to chrome.

1974: Model is H1E . A new type of CDI unit and a crank check valve are used. of Candy Lime or Candy Fuel capacity 3.96

1975: Model designation is H1F . of Candy Sky Blue or Candy

1976: Model designation is . It had slightly less horsepower a change in the transmission giving a gear shift pattern, and resistant brake pads available. Colors were Burgundy or Copper.

The 3-cylinder 500 was for all purposes succeeded in by the Kawasaki Z500/Z550 4-… cylinder.


Kawasaki III’s successfully raced Ginger Molloy aboard his Meanie finishing 2nd just Giacomo Agostini’s MV Agusta in the 500cc World Championship.

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


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