1975 Kawasaki 498cc KH500 Frame no. H1F35774 Engine no. KAE 105780
Lot 340
1975 Kawasaki 498cc KH500
Frame no. H1F35774 Engine no. KAE 105780
Sold for £5,290 (US$ 7,076) inc. premium

Lot Details
1975 Kawasaki 498cc KH500 Frame no. H1F35774 Engine no. KAE 105780 1975 Kawasaki 498cc KH500 Frame no. H1F35774 Engine no. KAE 105780 1975 Kawasaki 498cc KH500 Frame no. H1F35774 Engine no. KAE 105780
1975 Kawasaki 498cc KH500
Frame no. H1F35774
Engine no. KAE 105780
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. Few Kawasaki triples have remained as original as this example, which formed part of a private collection in Pennsylvania, USA together with several other motorcycles and cars until the owner decided to thin out his collection. Imported into the UK in March 2015 and described by the vendor as in generally excellent condition, it comes with US title, customs document and NOVA declaration to facilitate an application to register it as an imported vehicle. A total of only 7,130 miles is displayed on the odometer and only mild re-commissioning should be required before returning it to use.
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