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The Alexandra Palace Sale / 1976 Kawasaki KT250 Trials Frame no. KT2-06251 Engine no. KT2E 006295

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Lot 38
1976 Kawasaki KT250 Trials
23 September 2018, 14:00 BST
Alexandra Palace

Sold for £5,980 inc. premium

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1976 Kawasaki KT250 Trials
Registration no. MVO 662P
Frame no. KT2-06251
Engine no. KT2E 006295

'Don Smith's many years experience in European trials competition and Kawasaki's engineering capability assure you the KT250 represents the highest standard of trials machine development.' – Kawasaki Heavy Industries.

Development of the trials motorcycle has been marked by a series of high-profile collaborations between star riders and the sport's major manufacturers, most notably Sammy Miller's association with Bultaco (and later Honda). Miller's successful transformation of the Sherpa into a world-beater prompted rivals Montesa to recruit Don Smith and later Malcolm Rathmell to develop the Cota, while Mick Andrews was signed up by Ossa, giving his name to the 'Mick Andrews Replica'. Andrews would move on to Yamaha while Smith too was wooed successfully by a Japanese firm, transferring his allegiance to Kawasaki in 1972. Formerly with Greeves, Smith certainly had the CV to justify his appointment, having won the European Trials Championship on three occasions (1964, 1967, and 1969). Don built a prototype using a Kawasaki 450cc moto-cross engine, which led in 1975 to the launch of the production KT250, undeniably one of the best-looking trials bikes ever to come out of Japan.

This beautiful KT250 was purchased by the vendor in 2010, having been with its previous owner since 2004. The machine is offered with a V5C document.

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As with all Lots in the Sale, this Lot is sold 'as is/where is' and Bidders must satisfy themselves as to the provenance, condition, age, completeness and originality prior to bidding.

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