Offered from the estate of the late Clifford Jones
c.1991 Kawasaki 249cc KR-1S Racing Motorcycle
Frame no. KR250C-007082
Before emissions legislation effectively limited its use to small-capacity scooters, there was one last glorious flowering of the two-stroke engine in the 250 class. Kawasaki's final fling, the KR1, arrived in 1988. Looking every inch the pukka Grand Prix racer, the KR1 featured a water-cooled, parallel-twin engine mounted in an aluminium alloy beam frame. With 55bhp on tap, the KR-1 was good for around 130mph but suffered from unreliability caused by piston ring failures. This problem was sorted on the successor KR1-S, which in addition to stronger pistons came with a longer swinging arm and larger-section rear tyre. In 1991 Performance Bikes magazine got 135mph out of a KR1-S, bettering Suzuki's rival RGV250 by some 10 miles per hour. Kawasaki's last two-stroke sports bike, the KR1-S ceased production in 1992. Nothing is known of the history of this 'racerised' example, which is offered without documents. The rear-wheel paddock stand is included in the sale. No reserve.