The Kawasaki Triples

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Kawasaki KH 250

The Kawasaki Triples

When introduced their first cylinder 2-… in 1968/9, the H1 111, it took the motorcycle by storm.

In the late sixties, the industry was in a state of flux. The had been long dominated by the names; some, such as Davidson. Triumph and Norton. had around from the early

For performance, these companies had medium to large capacity But, as with the international racing scene, the smaller, 2-…. had surprised the big manufacturers and was over.

If the established manufacturers surprised by speed of the new 2-strokes, as Yamaha’s R3 350-cc parallel they were completely by the Kawasaki triples. For street performance, the H1 was unrivaled; at least as far as was concerned. However, although the H1 complete the — mile in seconds with a terminal of 100.7 mph, its handling and fell short of the competitors’

Unique features on the early H1 included CDI (Capacitor Discharge and three separate exhaust The layout of the mufflers was reminiscent of the MV 3 cylinder Grand Prix of the time, albeit on the opposite of the bike.

The H2 Mach 1V

After the success of the version, Kawasaki released a of triples in 1972, including: the S1 1 (250-cc), the S2 Mach 11 (350-cc) and a version, the H2 Mach 1V, to complement the H1.

Although the H1 and H2 were renowned for the they also became for their poor handling So bad was the handling on this bike it became known as the widow (not a nickname Kawasaki for one of their machines!).

One of the problems the handling on the H1 and H2 was their tendency to wheelies. Not only could machines easily accelerate front wheels into the they could easily do so at over 100 mph! Few riders capable of handling this especially at high speeds, the result that many got injured (or worse) on these

The net result was that insurance for the H1 and H2 began to increase considerably, ultimately affected sales.


To promote their bikes, Kawasaki entered national and international motorcycle Teams were generally by their national distributors. One country with a strong heritage was the UK.

Kawasaki KH 250

With support from Motors UK. riders Mick and Barry Ditchburn placed and second in the UK’s prestigious MCN Cycle News) Superbike in 1975 using the race of the H2 750-cc bike.

During the 70s manufacturers were becoming increasing pressure from governments to cut emissions from motorcycles. These pressures led to 2-…’s being discontinued most manufacturers’ line-ups.

In the US, the KH 500 (a of the original H1) was offered for sale for the year in 1976. The final was coded A8. However, the KH 250 was sold 1977 (model B2) and the KH400 1978 (model A5).

In Europe, the KH series of 250 and 400-cc were available until

Popular Collectors Bike

the triple cylinder Kawasaki’s are popular with collectors. vary considerably depending on the of a particular model. For example, a H1 500 Mach 111 in excellent original is valued at around $10,000; a KH500 (model A8) of 1976 is at $5,000.

For restorers, parts for the are relatively easy to find. are also a few private dealerships in the triple cylinder bikes. In there are a number of web sites to the Kawasaki triples.

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