1975 Kawasaki 498cc Mach III/H1
Frame no. H1F37408
Engine no. H1F38066
From the Z1 to the ZX10R, Kawasaki has long enjoyed a reputation for building uncompromising - often outrageous - high performance motorcycles. However, the machine that started it all was not a four-stroke like the forgoing, but a two-stroke the awesome, legendary Mach III. Light weight combined with a peaky 60bhp and indifferent handling made the two-stroke triple an exciting machine to ride but one that nevertheless had the legs of just about everything under 750cc when launched in 1968. The Mach III (H1) triple was regularly revised and updated, gaining a front disc brake, revised steering geometry and rubber engine mounts among other changes before production ceased in 1976, by which time it had become the KH500.
Harry purchased this example at the Daytona motorcycle auction in 1991. Offered for restoration, the machine currently displays a total of only 2,899 miles on the odometer and comes with Motor Vehicle Duty Certificate. We are advised that the engine turns freely and has good compression.
- Part of the frame number plate is missing which carries the serial number, only the prefix is visible. The engine number has been removed.