Kawasaki H1 Mach III

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The Kawasaki 500 H1 is a motorcycle of the Japanese manufacturer Kawasaki in Japan and was named 500 -SS MACH III.

Striking feature of Kawasaki 500 H1 are the two exhaust pipes on the right side and another on the left. Derived from the 500 H1, was the 500 H1R a venal racing machine.


After the success of the 500 H1 developed Kawasaki 750 H2 Mach IV should set the standards in acceleration and top speed as a new top model. Even in the smaller classes rounded to the offer in 1972 with the 250 S1 Mach I, in Japan as 250 -SS and 350 S2 Mach II (350 -SS), and in 1974 with the 400 S3 Mach II (400 -SS).

The first of the series of large-volume three-cylinder two -stroke engines, the 500 H1 beginning of the 1970s, their noise and overheating susceptibility appeared already by the uncultured engine running, little more contemporary. Furthermore, currently both suspension and brakes were far less attention than the performance in motorcycle. The trolleys were the engine performance, especially not grown in these models, with the 60 HP 1970 was extremely high.

While this was not a big problem in the smaller displacements with 250 and 350 cc, the 500 H1 became notorious through your engine power almost famous and the suspension geometry. Even experienced drivers had trouble keeping the front wheel when accelerating on the ground and spoke of the feeling of the bike they wanted to - literally throw in curves - the light of a verwindenden frame. In addition to that the usual drum brakes were not able to delay the machinery sufficient.

By Unkultiviertheit the engine is running and the lack of torque is also spoke of the ( cc 750 ) were both the H1 and later the H2 implement only two throttle positions: Open or closed, what a soulful dealing with it strongly limited: either heated - or you stood.

Exactly this amount of defects is why this series reached at seasoned motorcyclists today more or less undisputed cult status and became a legendary classic. The few remaining machines are often lovingly restored, presented on insider meetings and are more expensive than other second-hand cars from this period.

With the introduction of Kawasaki 900 Z1 in 1972, also the end for 2- stroke motorcycles came seemed to be, since the mid-1970s barely street bikes with this design, and more than 350 cc were sold


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