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Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype

Memorable Motorcycles Kawasaki H1

The H1 was the giant-… of the early-70s.

If the H1 were a it would be the sort of boy you desperately your daughter wouldn’t home. Fast, noisy, — and such brilliant fun to be In the late 1960s, Kawasaki that the big returns on investment to be gained from large machines which cost the same as little bikes to but carried a much higher tag. The company’s first at big bikes was the W1, a clone of the old BSA A10.

It sold in modest numbers and set the world on fire in terms of

Kawasaki was already making a for themselves with light, small capacity two-… and so the first idea was to make a 500 A prototype twin was actually but unfortunately, Suzuki beat to the punch with the legendary And Kawasaki wanted to upstage the — not follow it!

Thirteen months after the of Suzuki’s twin, Kawasaki hit the with the fastest accelerating motorcycle ever made.

logically, the Kawasaki H1 had many The gearbox was odd, with below first, the brakes questionable and the handling decidedly in every situation — when the bike was stopped the engine switched off. Not for was the H1 known as, The triple with the

But the motor was dramatic. 60bhp that was 10bhp more the Manx Nortons and Seelys were still being in Grands Prix at the time was available right out of the box. No no speed kits, no careful

Kawasaki 500 H1 (Match III) Prototype

Simply out, 120mph was to anyone and everyone who owned an H1.

mile times were A standard H1 would turn in a quarter time of 12.4 and slaughter anything else on two or wheels away from the lights. The Americans, who valued above all else, fell in with the H1 and bought it in bulk.

In Europe, everyone had a tale of scared witless on the bike offered the ultimate in road thrills and/or a trip to on every ride.

Kawasaki raced the H1 and when it finished a or didn’t throw its pilot the track, the H1 enjoyed great Ginger Molloy mastered the and took the Green Meanie to place behind Giacomo MV in the 1970 500cc World Eventually, Kawasaki bowed to the of consumer groups and environmentalists and the H1 grow up, wear a tie and get its hair

The result was the 1976 H1 — the best ever H1 made but now a sensible motorcycle. Like teenage daughters, we all hated it.

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

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