1971 Kawasaki 250cc A1 Samurai Frame no. A1 20373 Engine no. A1E 24870
Lot 332
1971 Kawasaki 250cc A1 Samurai
Registration no. TBK 117J Frame no. A1 20373 Engine no. A1E 24870
Sold for £5,750 (US$ 7,713) inc. premium

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1971 Kawasaki 250cc A1 Samurai Frame no. A1 20373 Engine no. A1E 24870 1971 Kawasaki 250cc A1 Samurai Frame no. A1 20373 Engine no. A1E 24870
1971 Kawasaki 250cc A1 Samurai
Registration no. TBK 117J
Frame no. A1 20373
Engine no. A1E 24870
Kawasaki's reputation for producing exciting high-performance motorcycles began with the fire-breathing Mach III 500cc triple, yet before the latter's arrival Kawasaki offered two other class-leading sports models: the 250cc A1 Samurai and 350cc A7 Avenger, a pair of air-cooled two-stroke twins that employed disc valve induction. A five-speed gear cluster was contained within the horizontally-split crankcases and there was 'Injectolube' pumped lubrication, while the generator was mounted behind the cylinders, a position dictated by the side-mounted carburettors. The cycle parts were entirely conventional, consisting of a duplex-loop frame with twin-leading-shoe front brake. The result was an undeniably handsome sportster with a claimed 31bhp maximum and a top speed of 103mph, phenomenal figures for a 250 of the day. The Samurai was built from mid-1966 to the end of 1971, though relatively few were imported into the UK, and today this early classic Kawasaki is highly sought after by collectors. The property of BBC Television's 'Top Gear' co-presenter, James May, this Samurai comes with documentation indicating that it was imported into the UK in the 1980s and comprehensively restored in the early 1990s by a previous owner. The machine has seen minimal use since its acquisition for James's collection and is described as in generally excellent condition. Additional paperwork consists of a quantity of expired MoT certificates, VJMC and other correspondence, current MoT/tax and V5C document.
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