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1969 Kawasaki 500 H1 Mach III

3/28/2012 9:37:05 AM

Tags: Classic Japanese Motorcycles, Barber's Best, Kawasaki

 1969 Kawasaki 500 H1 Mach III 

1969 Kawasaki 500 H1 Mach III

Country: Japan
Engine: Air-cooled, 3-cylinder two-stroke
Ignition:  Capacitor discharge ignition (CDI)
Power Rating: 60bhp @7,500rpm
Bore x Stroke: 60 x 59mm
Displacement: 499cc
Valves:  None
Fuel System:  Three 28mm Mikuni carburetors
Transmission: 5-speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shocks
Brakes: Front and rear drum
Weight: 383lbs.
Top Speed: 120mph

1969 Kawasaki 500 H1 Mach III 

When Kawasaki introduced the 500 H1 triple in 1969, it surprised everyone with its performance and price. For burn outs, wheelies and quarter mile times equal to or better than many 750cc machines, the H1 was "a lot of bang for the buck." At $995 buyers overlooked the high gas consumption, smokey exhaust and dubious handling. The two-stroke triple had arrived!

1969 Kawasaki 500 H1 Mach III 



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JP
1/31/2014 10:58:06 AM
seen a GSXR400 chassis with one of the Kawi triples stuffed into it. Was said to go like stink, handle well, and was quite light.

vulcan
1/24/2014 8:34:41 PM
My dad owns a 1969 mach 3 500 with 2000,00 original miles on it looks like new and even has a new gas tank still in the box. He was a Kawasaki dealer for 35 years.

Michael Thomas
4/6/2012 1:31:49 AM
A true time capsule, I collect these great machines. The Kawasaki Mach III 1969 is one of the rarest bikes to find today. Bringing a whopping $15,000.00 dollars restored.

BOB HADDEN
4/5/2012 3:29:05 PM
Yea, dubious handling is right. I first rode one of these in '73. Slingshot acceleration, but spaghetti forks. Some time later a friend who worked at the local Kawi shop brought home the 750cc version. I almost needed a seatbelt to stay on the thing it pulled so strong, but at just under 90mph it went into a "high speed" wobble and scared the you know what out of this 19 year old kid. I wonder how many riders lost some skin,or worse, on these things. By the way, my Kawi friend got rid of it in short order and was soon on a KZ...



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