The Last Samurai: 1965 Kawasaki SG250

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1965 Kawasaki SG250
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1965 Kawasaki SG250
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1965 Kawasaki SG250
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1965 Kawasaki SG250
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1965 Kawasaki SG250
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1965 Kawasaki SG250
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This completely original 1965 SG250 was a gift to the Kawasaki Heritage Hall museum, located in Foothill Ranch, California.
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The meaning of the “170” molded into the gas tank knee pad is unclear, but appeared on most Meguro motorcycles, often on the engine cover.
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1965 was the first year for the Kawasaki badge in the U.S.
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1965 Kawasaki SG250
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Solenoid on valve cover pushes exhaust valve to ease compression on starting.

1965 Kawasaki SG250
Engine:
248cc air-cooled OHV single, 66mm x 72.6mm bore and stroke, 8.7:1 compression ratio, 18hp @ 7,000rpm (claimed)
Top speed:
78mph (claimed)
Carburetion:
Single Mikuni with tickler
Transmission:
4-speed w/rotary shift pattern, chain final drive

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