1971 Kawasaki H1B
Lot 383
1971 Kawasaki 498cc H1B Frame no. KAF 52675 Engine no. KAE 56974
£7,000 - 9,000
US$ 12,000 - 15,000
Lot Details
1971 Kawasaki 498cc H1B
Registration no. GDD 94K
Frame no. KAF 52675
Engine no. KAE 56974
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 which 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 the model had become the KH500. The un-restored H1B offered here incorporates the CDI ignition, disc front brake and steering damper that were new introductions on this model for 1972. Imported and purchased by the vendor in 2011, 'GDD 94K' currently displays a total of only 2,200 miles on the odometer, and its condition suggests that this figure, albeit unverifiable, may well be genuine. The 'orange peel' paintwork was T-cut and preserved subsequently, but otherwise the machine is said to be original apart from the tyres and rubber components, most of the latter having been replaced. This beautiful example of one of the most collectible Japanese classics is offered with current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C document.
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