It was the bike that changed the course of high performance motorcycling. The United States was the largest market and the public had the desire for larger bore, higher horsepower and higher top speeds from bikes. Kawasaki had the A1 and the A7 which were impressive performers but Kawasaki needed a performance flagship to compete with not only the Suzuki T and Honda CB but also to take on the established British heavyweight machines.
Kawasaki came up with the N Plan in July Kawasaki planned to do this by 1 increasing the bore of air-cooled two-stroke parallel twin cylinder Rotary Disc Valve engine on the Kawasaki A7 Samuraior 2 develop a revolutionary new engine layout. Both twin cylinder and a three cylinder engines were developed alongside each other with the assistance of Osaka University.
Kawasaki finally went with the three cylinder. In June Kawasaki launched a candy red bike with white stripes and a few minor changes. In Septemberthe H1A was launched. The three-cylinder, cc two stroke power plant had an impressive 60 horsepower and became the quickest production motorcycle EVER produced as it sped down the quarter mile in an unbelievable The H1 still creates excitement today.
Kawasaki 2 stroke triple. Though the Kawasaki H2Kawasaki S2and Kawasaki S1 had a redesign which included a race tail as opposed to standard rear fender, the H1 Mach III kept the appearance of the previous year with respect to the rear end.
Kawasaki, however, saw fit to at least paint the rear fender The H1D was redesigned to follow the appearance of the Kawasaki H2S2and S1 with a 2nd generation race tail partially enclosing the tail light assembly. In the model designation was changed to the KH Inthe H1R was available worldwide as a limited production road racer. The worldwide racing success of the H1R furthered the performance image of Kawasaki. The H1R cc triple two-stroke engine claimed 80 hp 9, rpm.
During the Daytona road race, an H1R piloted by Ginger Molloy was clocked on the banking at an unheard of From CycleChaos. Kawasaki H1 Manufacturer Kawasaki. Western Power Sports. This motorcyclescooteror moped -related article is a stub. You can help Cycle Chaos by expanding it. Contact User:Budlight if you need help. Kawasaki ZX series. List of Kawasaki motorcycles.
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Namespaces Page Discussion.For the all-important American market however, something faster was needed by the mids, and the factory started fresh in with a brief to design a cc motorcycle with 60 HP that could run a quarter mile in 13 seconds. It provided a performance benchmark for the era, which would make it the fastest dragster in the world. ByKawasaki introduced its line of 2-stroke triples, eventually built in cccc capacities through All featured air-cooled engines with inline cylinders on a common crankcase, and a capacitor-discharge ignition that required no battery.
The H1 developed a reputation as a scary, powerful machine, capable of wheelies in most gears, and whose light weight and drum brakes seemed barely capable of containing the power on full throttle.
Brett brought the bike back to the U. The only non-original factory parts are the seat cover, cables and turn signals—otherwise everything is as it left the factory. Information found on the website is presented as advance information for the auction lot. The lot and information presented at auction on the auction block supersedes any previous descriptions or information.
Restored – 1969 Kawasaki H1 Mach III
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Toggle navigation Menu. Previous Next. Full Screen. KAF Engine No. A super nice example of a H1 Kawasaki Frame No. Las Vegas Motorcycle Auction Search. Reset Search. Las Vegas Motorcycles Digital Catalog.Refine your search.
Belt 4 Chain 3. Google Ads. Refine search. This totally stock 69 Mach III cc bike is in pristine original condition with barely enough miles to be broken in. New rubber seems to be the extent of any upgrades Miles.
I believe the motor is stuck, and not sure of the inside of the gas tank so just plan on acid etching it at a minimum 1 Miles. Please Look at all pictures for More Details The parts we sell are off old vintage motorcycles in used condition unless otherwise specified. Tank has a good size dent and is a bit rusty. The Mach III H1 triple was regularly revised and up-dated, gaining a front disc brake, revised steering geometry and rubber engine mounts among other changes before production ceased inby which time the model had become the KH The tank seems to be good condition from the inside as the pictures indicate.
The engine does not move upon trying to hand crank the Kickstarter. Up for sale:well here one is: a w2tt - amazing! Local pickup onlyplease note that the pictures count as most of the description. Please see pictures for additional details.
If i miss something in the description it is an honest mistake i do not misrepresent parts to make a buck. Issues can always be worked out - we would rather fix issues than lose a customer. Shipping:shipping charges and quotes include postage and handling and are an estimate based on the item weight and size using usps or ups rates. Most packages are shipped usps or ups. Parts are shipped every week day, excluding holidays.The pleasant background murmur of an old bike swap meet is suddenly drowned in a haze of 2-stroke noise and exhaust.
Kawasaki 2-stroke triples seem to be polarizing machines, the object of intense hatred or intense love. Hans Agren loves them, noise, blue smoke and all. He was just 17 when he saw his first H1. When he was growing up in Sweden, a motorcycle was transportation, something you got to school or work on, weather permitting.
The H1 was different. It was fast and antisocial, and just what a young man wanted. Hans had some savings, and he found someone selling their H1 just six months after buying it. Hans and his buddies were into drag racing, which was highly illegal, of course. One night the police showed up while they were racing. Then I walked back to where my friends were. When I showed up two hours later, my friends were glad to see me. They had been worried.
The police had run back to their car, but all you could see was the smoke from my exhaust.
There was no way they could have caught me. Kawasaki, the manufacturer of this ode to speed and bad behavior, was an old Japanese ship and bridge building company that had the misfortune of ending up on the losing side of World War II.
With the abrupt ending of its war contracts, its factories had a lot of extra space. Management, looking around for something to do, decided to start motorcycle production. Following this, the first motorcycles bearing the Kawasaki name appeared.
Other Japanese factories were capitalizing on the export success of Honda, and Kawasaki decided to follow suit. Their 2-stroke singles sold well in America, and Kawasaki felt it was in a position to challenge Honda. Prototypes were built, and the triple was found to be lighter and faster than the twin.In the late 60s and early 70s, it became clear the US represented a major market for motorcycle sales, and customers just wanted more.
This example is believed to have been stored in the garage for many years, with its genuine California black plate providing a clue as to when it was last on the road. He also purchased another bike in the garage which had just 3, miles on it and is believed to have been the replacement for the Kawasaki, which shows 11, miles on the odometer today. At the time of its introduction, journalists felt that while fast, the H1 was a bit too skittish at the limits to ride confidently.
Had 2 of these. Got out, having used up 7 of 9 lives. Front end, brothers triple, actually scarier, as it came up even quicker. Skittish at high speed is a kind comment.
More like totally squirrelly. Friend had triple. Added weight helped stability, and nothing of the era could catch it. I sure tried. Squirrelly is an accurate description indeed.1969 Kawasaki H1 parts
I went to the 2 stroke yamahas and extreme large bore inline fours. My Bullwinkle killing fishing buddy has the H2. He rebuilt it entirely and drives it to antique bike shows every year. They are extremely fast bikes and only seasoned riders should ride them IMHO.
As it approached redline in first very very quicklyI speed shifted into second and then fought to bring the front wheel back down onto the pavement for the next several feet, or perhaps several blocks — I was too scared to look around much to determine how far or fast I was going. It was almost as bad cracking the throttle in third after a much more reserved shift. I was 19 and topped it out regularly at mph, unable to keep up with my buddy whose Suzuki Water Buffalo would top out at mph.
Sold it that fall when I went in the army, and am happy To have survived both. Wow Had one for a very short period of time. Smoked the then new Honda. My brother still wears the scars of its final run.The engines were air-cooledthree-cylinderpiston-controlled inlet port two-strokes with two exhaust pipes exiting on the right side of the bike, and one on the left.
It was the first production street motorcycle with capacitor discharge ignition CDI. The market for motorcycles in was changing from utilitarian transport to more aggressive sporting motorcycles that disregarded fuel economy and noise, in favor of quicker quarter mile times, which were prominently advertised by manufacturers. The H1 was the first multi-cylinder street motorcycle to use capacitor discharge ignition CDI which operated through an automotive style distributorpreviously only used in off-road single cylinder motorcycles.
The bike had both detractors and enthusiastic fans, who either complained of poor handling and tendency to wheelieor praised the power, light weight, and tendency to wheelie. Motorcycle Classics said in that the frequent complaints about the brakes of the H1 by modern writers did not account for the generally poor braking of all motorcycles of the period, noting that in a Cycle magazine comparison of seven top bikes of the time, the H1's braking performance was second only to the Honda CB The two-leading-shoe front stopper performed the task of slowing this The rear brake While Kawasaki was working to "make the H1 acceptable in civilized society", they also released the delayed inline-four four-stroke, the Z1inwhich had adequate brakes and handling, comfortable seating, and did not guzzle fuel.
The Mach III H1 subsequently has been of great interest to collectors and historians of motorcycles, often appearing on lists of most significant motorcycles. Inthe S2 was introduced, and in its smaller brother, the S1 became available. The H2 was introduced inthe culmination of Kawasaki's two-stroke project. Kawasaki said of the bike, "It's so quick it demands the razor-sharp reactions of an experienced rider.
With larger displacement as well as less aggressive porting and ignition timing,  the H2 had a wider power band than the H1, though Brown said it was still "barely more practical" than the smaller predecessor, because Kawasaki had "done little" to address chassis problems, and so the bike was still prone to speed wobble.
To help address the speed wobble issue, the H2 came with a friction-type steering damperas well as a built-in frame lug to attach a hydraulic steering damper. The H2 also had a chain oiler, and a steering friction damper. Even with its limitations, the H2 was a success, because there were not many other bikes that could, Brown said, "even approach" the performance of the H2 Mach IV.
The competition consisted of acceleration, braking distance, and road race course lap-times. Cycle ' s testers were surprised that despite an uncomfortable feel and slight front wheel hop under hard braking and not giving the sensation of stopping particularly fast, it had the shortest stopping distance and highest braking G load of all the bikes, winning best in class measured by stopping power from 60 mph.
Kawasaki's reputation for building what motorcycle writer Alastair Walker called, "scarily fast, good-looking, no holds barred motorcycles" began with the H1. In addition, each model year following was met with toned down performance in attempt to meet new emissions regulations. Both models continued to be available in Europe and elsewhere until Stricter emissions regulation and advances in 4-stroke technology caused the demise of the Kawasaki triples in both cases.
The S1 ccand later KH models were popular for some time as a budget performance bike in the UK Great Britainbecause of their small size although the KH shared the same chassis and gearbox as the KHand the fact that at this point in time it was legal for learners ride bikes up to cc on a "Provisional Licence" without having to take a test. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This section needs additional citations for verification.
Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.In the late s, if you wanted the quickest stoplight-to-stoplight bike on the block, there was a clear choice: the Kawasaki H1 Mach III.
This air-cooled, three-cylinder, two-stroke easily outperformed the heavy four-strokes of the day. Kawasaki claimed a top speed of mph with With a claimed 60 horsepower, weighing in at pounds dry and a five-speed transmission, the Mach III had lightning-quick acceleration. That, coupled with drum brakes, made spirited riding quite entertaining. The heart of the Mach III was its air-cooled, cc, two-stroke engine.
Six main bearings and six small flywheels designed to reduce vibration necessitated a long crankshaft and extra-wide cases. The three cylinders were inclined forward slightly, and each cylinder breathed through its own 28mm Mikuni carburetor.
Cult bike: 1969 Kawasaki 500 H1 Mach III
The Mach III also featured the first electronic ignition system on a mass-production motorcycle. As with any new design, it met with mixed success.
Spark plug wear was reduced and cold-weather starts were fast and easy. Electrical short-circuits reportedly led to a few damaging fires, though. What made it so special?
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