Ex-Team Cycle World bike, from the collection of David Edwards,1970 Kawasaki H1 Café-Racer Frame no. KAF18866 Engine no. KAE17470

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Ex-Team Cycle World bike, from the collection of David Edwards,1970 Kawasaki H1 Café-Racer
Frame no. KAF18866 Engine no. KAE17470

US$ 8,500 - 10,000
£ 6,500 - 7,700
Ex-Team Cycle World bike, from the collection of David Edwards
1970 Kawasaki H1 Café-Racer
Frame no. KAF18866
Engine no. KAE17470
A little surprising given the bike's reputation for evil handling and unintended wheelies, but Kawasaki's H1 actually made a pretty good production-class roadracer. Thanks for that go to its three-cylinder two-stroke rocket of a motor, a giant-killer that gave four-stroke 750s fits. In fact, this H1 gave a good account of itself in club-level racing during the early-'70s, fortified with aftermarket shocks and the disc-brake front end from an H2 750. It even ran on the banking at Daytona International Speedway.

David Edwards, longtime Cycle World editor-in-chief, purchased the bike used in the 1990s, intent on turning it into a vintage-racing project bike that would be detailed on the pages of the magazine. The endeavor started well with the bike disassembled and the frame sent off to a specialist for bracing and gusseting. Tracy bodywork, a period one-piece fiberglass tank/seat/sidepanel structure, was painted up in Team Cycle World livery. Gold-anodized Sun rims were sourced, as were Works Performance shocks, a set of muffled expansion chambers and Raask rearset foot controls. Then, as often happens with a race project, momentum was lost; not helped when the race-sanctioning body changed its rules, forcing even more changes to the H1 if it were to be legal.

Instead, it was decided to turn the Kawasaki into a café-racer. The job was entrusted to Illinois-based Kawasaki expert Brian Hilvety, who treated the motor to a complete overhaul and rebuilt the bike from the wheels up. Headlight and taillight made the former racebike street-legal; currently registered in California, it wears a TEAM CW personalized license plate that is included in the sale. Soon after its rebuild, the bike was chosen by the North American Kawasaki Triples Club as their "Triple of the Month."

Showing less than 200 miles since restoration and after a stint in storage, the café Kawasaki has just been recommissioned with a new battery, a carb overhaul and a general going-over. It burbles to life with an easy prod of the kickstarter. Café-racers are hot once more; here's an example with period accessories and genuine race history.
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Ex-Team Cycle World bike, from the collection of David Edwards,1970 Kawasaki H1 Café-Racer Frame no. KAF18866 Engine no. KAE17470
Ex-Team Cycle World bike, from the collection of David Edwards,1970 Kawasaki H1 Café-Racer Frame no. KAF18866 Engine no. KAE17470
Ex-Team Cycle World bike, from the collection of David Edwards,1970 Kawasaki H1 Café-Racer Frame no. KAF18866 Engine no. KAE17470
Ex-Team Cycle World bike, from the collection of David Edwards,1970 Kawasaki H1 Café-Racer Frame no. KAF18866 Engine no. KAE17470
Ex-Team Cycle World bike, from the collection of David Edwards,1970 Kawasaki H1 Café-Racer Frame no. KAF18866 Engine no. KAE17470
Ex-Team Cycle World bike, from the collection of David Edwards,1970 Kawasaki H1 Café-Racer Frame no. KAF18866 Engine no. KAE17470
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