Kawasaki 499cc H1A
Lot 439
800 miles since full restoration,c.1970 Kawasaki 498cc H1A Frame no. KAF 25836 Engine no. KAE 24159
Sold for £8,050 (US$ 13,203) inc. premium

Lot Details
800 miles since full restoration
c.1970 Kawasaki 498cc H1A
Registration no. LWR 418H
Frame no. KAF 25836
Engine no. KAE 24159
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 (also known as the H1). 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. Today it is one of the most sought after of classic Japanese motorcycles.

Imported from the USA, this pristine H1A triple has been fully restored, using only genuine Kawasaki parts, by Rising Sun Restorations, one of this country's leading restorers of Japanese motorcycles. On completion the machine was featured in Classic Bike magazine (April 2010 edition, copy available) and also on the front cover. CB were impressed with the final result: 'If you'd walked into a Kawasaki dealer in the Seventies and bought an H1, this is exactly what you would have been handed the keys for...' In one respect though, the H1 is better than new, the silencers being accurate replicas in stainless steel. Presented in excellent condition and ready to go, the machine is offered with owner's manual, tool kit, MoT/tax and Swansea V5. Bills are available on request.

Saleroom notices

  • The Frame no. is KAF25863
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