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6k Mile 1975 Kawasaki H1

Here’s a largely original and complete, unrestored Kawasaki H1! There’s some patina but nothing too serious to enjoy this bike just like it is and restore it later. The best part is the reserve is already met with a current bid of $6,500. Just about 3 days remain and I’ll be curious to see where it sells.


1975 Kawasaki H1 for sale on eBay

from the seller:


You are looking at a 1975 Kawasaki H1-F 500cc triple cylinder. This is an frame and engine matching all original unrestored example with only 6065miles on the speedometer. The motorcycle is in good running condition, cosmetically the bike is not perfect but it is complete and in nice shape for its age. But please feel free to read more about the specifics of this bike and look at the pictures for verifications, and feel free to ask any questions. International bidders are welcome to bid on this motorcycle but have to arrange shipping themselves…


The bike runs very well and fires up nicely even when cold; transmission sifts nice and smooth through all gears. We recently did a full service tune up on the bike, this included ultra sonically cleaning the carburetors and properly jetting them to stock factory specifications; all fluids were drained, brake fluid, two stroke oil, and transmission oil was all replaced, new drive chain, brake pads, spark plugs, cable adjustments and any other mechanical parts that needed to be replaced were changed so the bike is ready to ride reliably.


All of the body work is all original with the exception of the right side cover, which looks to be repainted. The tank is nice and clean on the inside, however the tank does has a dent on the right side near the back which can be seen in the pictures, but other than that all of the body parts are nice and straight with no major dents. All of the chrome parts do show some age but overall the chrome is in good shape with no major rust anywhere. For its age this bike is in good looking condition and is ready to ride.

Sparkly Two-Stroke Terror: 1974 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III for Sale

1974 Kawasaki H1 500 R Front

In the early 1970s, Kawasaki’s two-stroke triples like this H1 500 Mach III ruled the quarter-mile drag strips here in America. 60hp and a 115mph top speed may not sound like that much, but they were fairly light and lacked any of the modern electronic trickery designed to keep riders [mostly] on two wheels and away from the hedges, ditches, and telephone poles that seem to leap out of nowhere. Those horses also came on in a brutal, two-stroke rush that had the front wheel pointed skyward in an eyeblink, while sometimes unpredictable handling and a feeble front brake meant corners and stopping were best planned far in advance, a real challenge when the horizon was a simple flick of the wrist away.

Although the handling may have been primitive, the two-stroke triple and five speed gearbox that drove the beast was powerful, relatively reliable, and the perfect tool for tearing up the straight-line racetracks here in the USA, where they sold like hotcakes, since the scary cornering performance, dismal fuel consumption, and inadequate brakes barely mattered for most riders.

1974 Kawasaki H1 500 L Rear

The upside to the handling faults of many period motorcycle is that it allowed a whole cottage industry of frame-builders and tuners to exist: without bikes like the H1, we’d have no Bimota, and the world would be a sadder, emptier place. But the real question to me is why, since frame-builders of note had been around since the 1960s, didn’t Japanese manufacturers simply contract them to provide improvements? Especially since the issues that affected the H1 are relatively straightforward: frames lacking in stiffness, spindly forks that flexed, and primitive shocks. It’d be simple to dismiss those flaws as acceptable limitations for production-based motorcycles, but many racebikes of the period seem to have been similarly afflicted, so it seems like a pool of knowledge wasn’t being exploited.

1974 Kawasaki H1 500 R Rear

The H1 500 Mach III and the H2 750 Mach IV were both notoriously dangerous bikes that required skill and daring to ride quickly, although the H2 was significantly improved in terms of handling, a good thing considering the additional 50% in displacement… Interestingly, while the H2 was introduced after the H1, it was sold alongside its older, hairier brother for several years. Bidding for this example is just north of $4,000 and far short of the $7,500 Buy It Now price, although there’s plenty of time left on the auction.

From the original eBay listing: 1974 Kawasaki H1 500 Triple for Sale

Completely restored less than a year ago!
VIN BL353836
Open MA title
7806 miles
Dual disc front end braided steel lines
Rebuilt engine, less than 1000 miles ago
Powder-coated frame and wheels
Denco pipes
Custom Pearl Paint with candy color
Stainless spokes, powder-coated rims, extra chrome
Three small dents in rear of front fender (cannot be seen).
Runs and sounds awesome!

H1 and H2 prices have seen a dramatic increase in recent years, although values do seem to have leveled off a bit recently. That may be due to the fact that these were made in volume and, although pristine ones are pretty rare, it’s not all that hard to find a decent H1 if you want one. Although the seller claims that the bike has been “restored,” it’s important to remember that term does seem to mean different things to different people… This bike has obviously not been restored to some sort of “as-new” standard: the original bikes certainly didn’t have the painted triple clamps, the headlight ring is blacked out, the dash appears to have been painted, and the gauge faces are pretty faded.

1974 Kawasaki H1 500 Dash

That being said, the Denco pipes and the dual disc front end are certainly desirable updates, and the bike is very clean and shiny, with bright brightwork and chrome-y chrome. The paint, while not original, is definitely appropriate for a Kawasaki and, overall, this bike is more “resto-modded” and less “restored.” So while this bike may not be a good choice for collectors who prize originality, it might make a great bike for someone looking for a bike to ride, as long as the seller recognizes that the bike should command a lower price than a concourse-quality restoration when considering offers.


1974 Kawasaki H1 500 L Front

Cheap Speed: 1975 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III

1975 Kawasaki H1 500 R Side Rear

Although “Mach III” is a pretty ambitious name for a motorcycle that can only just top 115mph, it probably felt much faster to test riders of Kawasaki’s two-stroke three-cylinder rocket, given the questionable brakes and less-than-secure handling. 60hp might not sound like a big deal today, but it came on in a frantic, two-stroke rush that invoked unintended wheelies, all accompanied by a chainsaw-snarl soundtrack.

1975 Kawasaki H1 500 L Side Rear

The Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III was actually pretty par for the course for big-bore Japanese roadbikes of the 1970’s, a formula that generally included a powerful, sophisticated powerplant suspended in a chassis just barely able to contain the engine’s fury, with brakes added almost as an afterthought. Spindly forks and frame flex led to a reputation for wayward and even lethal handling, in a case like this one.

1975 Kawasaki H1 500 Cockpit

But in a strange way, this was exactly what the US market really called for: in the quarter mile and stop light drag races, power was king, and fuel consumption below 20mpg was no big deal in an era of cheap gas. Buyers wanted cheap speed and the H1 delivered. Brakes? Those are just so you can stop and pick up your winnings after a race, or pull up to the pumps to refuel, right? Handling? Well as long as you can stay in your lane for 1,320 feet at a time, the handling’s just fine, thanks.

1975 Kawasaki H1 500 L Bar Detail

At the time, a lack of refinement in the package might have been considered a distinct disadvantage. Instead, the straight-line speed, combined with a low price point to create a cult bike that was a legend even in its own lifetime.

1975 Kawasaki H1 500 R Side Rear Detail

From the original eBay listing: 1975 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III for Sale

This is my 75  Kawasaki H1. I purchased this motorcycle many years ago. It is not stock but it’s very retro. It has had motor work, 0.50 pistons, rings, bearings and new gaskets. It also has pods, reconditioned and re jetted carburetors to go with the nice set of chrome Denco chambers. New tires and tubes. The front caliper was also rebuilt with new pads. New sprockets and chain. The tank, side covers and cowl were painted back in the late 70’s and are retro to that time period. The decals were added on and clear coated recently. I don’t think you can get a paint job like this now and if you could I bet it would be very expensive. The large metal flake really stands out. Inside the tank is clean. The chrome is in very nice original condition. I replaced the fork ears with NOS ones a few years back. All the electrical works and it starts up in 1 or 2 sometimes 3 kicks. It runs well and has that snappy two stroke sound . Smooth acceleration and quick braking. I have kept it stored in a warm dry area in my house and has been well taken care of. It’s a very noticeable motorcycle and does attract quite a bit of attention when I do take it out. Frame # H1F-39057  Engine # KAE 109069 mid year production model.

1975 Kawasaki H1 500 Side Panel

As the seller points out, this bike features a gorgeous, period-look metal-flake paint job that may not be to everyone’s taste, but if you’re buying a 70’s Kawasaki, you might as well go all-in. Those Denco expansion chambers are gorgeous as well, and this bike looks to be really well put together. Bidding is very active on this bike, with less than 24 hours to go and bidding just north of $6,000 as I write this, although I expect that to go up significantly before the auction is all over. But if you’re looking for a nice H1, it might be worth keeping an eye on this auction to see if you can snipe yourself a good deal…


1975 Kawasaki H1 500 R Side

Little Rocket: 1973 Kawasaki 350 S2 Mach II

1973 Kawasaki S2 350 R Side

Kawasaki’s two-stroke triples were a milestone in Japanese motorcycling history. While the Honda’s CB750 offered sophistication and technology at a relative budget price, it wasn’t really doing anything you couldn’t get elsewhere, although you’d have to pay a lot more to get it… But Kawasaki’s line of two-stroke triples that started with their H1 500 in 1969 was exactly its own thing and created its own, purely Japanese vision of what a performance motorcycle should be. The bikes were designed for basically one thing and one thing only: brutal straight-line speed with a crackling, angry-buzz soundtrack that left a haze of blue smoke hanging in their wake.

1973 Kawasaki S2 350 R Engine

Made between 1971 and 1974, the Kawasaki S2 350 was instantly recognizable as a part of their two-stroke family, and featured familiar styling cues that included the three asymmetrical exhaust pipes and kicked up ducktail rear. As with many of the smaller-bore machines sold in the US, the S1 and S2 were really overseas models designed originally to skirt taxes on bigger machines and licensing laws for new riders. So the 250 Mach I and 350 Mach II were actually more civilized than their bigger 500 and 750 brothers, although maybe “civilized” might be pushing things a bit, or should at least be considered a relative term…

1973 Kawasaki S2 350 L Dash

The 346cc engine featured a smooth 120° crank and put out a claimed 45hp at 8,000rpm in typical two-stroke, lightswitch-style and the narrower engine of the smaller bike improved cornering clearance. It was a good bit lighter than its bigger brethren at 330lbs dry, and that lighter weight led to a corresponding improvement in what was known at the time as “handling”.

1973 Kawasaki S2 350 L Side Tank

These little triples were actually pretty nimble, although the first year was definitely underbraked and the marginal front drum was replaced with a more powerful disc for 1972. The 350 was eventually replaced by a 400cc version in 1974 that actually made less power but was more flexible.

Translated from ALL CAPITALESE over at the original eBay listing: 1973 Kawasaki S2 350 Mach II

This is a fine example of a 73 S2. A fair amount of time and labor went into this bike to spruce it up. It runs very well and is very good condition. The tins were completely stripped to bare metal, reconditioned and painted to the stock original color. There is no decal: it’s all paint. A professional vintage motorcycle auto body shop performed the work and it is showroom condition paint.

The seat is in pristine condition and is original. New bars, grips, mirrors, polished controls. The engine covers were removed triple polished and new gaskets were installed. Tube seals and dust boots were replaced. Both rims were in great shape and were cleaned, rear hub was triple polished, new spokes installed along with new tires and tubes. Cylinders were honed and new std bore pistons and rings installed. The caliper and master cylinder were serviced. Oil change, plugs, points and condensers, dialed in, timed and tuned. The carbs were serviced, synced and adjusted. It still has the clean original exhaust pipes. All hardware was cleaned, polished, and/or replaced. It is all stock in appearance.

It starts on the first kick and rides nice and smooth.

1973 Kawasaki S2 350 Seat

The S2 wasn’t simply an H1 with a de-bored and de-stroked engine stuck between the frame rails: while it used a similar design for both frame and engine, parts are not generally cross-compatible. And therein lies the problem: parts for these cool little machines can be difficult to come by. Luckily, this particular bike appears to be in great running shape, so bodywork won’t be a problem unless you loop the little monster over backwards…

1973 Kawasaki S2 350 Underseat

The S2 really isn’t at all what you might be expecting if you’re familiar with four-stroke engines of similar displacement. These things are very quick for their size and although tested top speed is shy of 100mph, they’ll get you off the line in a hurry and feel very much like their larger brethren, with the same dismal fuel economy: Kawasaki’s triples were the fastest machines in their respective classes, but you paid for that speed at the pump.

With prices of the H1 and H2 bikes skyrocketing in recent years, this presents a cool opportunity to get one of Kawi’s famous triples in a much more manageable package for a much lower price.


1973 Kawasaki S2 350 L Side


1972 Kawasaki H1 Cafe Racer for Sale

1972 Kawasaki H1 Cafe Racer R Front

Kawasaki’s 500 and 750 two-stroke triples are relics of a bygone, smokier era.  Two-stroke machines are all but extinct today, unless you count leafblowers, due to ever-tightening emissions laws.  But for a time, they ruled the streets, providing the masses with a cheap fix to slake their hunger for speed.  Until they wheelied over backwards or crashed into a hedge…

The H1 and H2 Kawasakis were the hot-rods of the bunch, with neither the road-holding finesse of Yamaha’s RD or the refinement of Suzuki’s GT, and their dangerous reputation has seen prices headed upwards in recent years.

1972 Kawasaki H1 Cafe Racer R Rear

This H1 500 has been lightly modified.  I’ve become very enamored of the fire-breathing two-stroke triples from Team Green, although the H1 and H2’s came from the factory with a pretty non-sporting riding position and unimpressive braking.  This particular example certainly solves the first of those problems, going for a full-on, stretched-over-the-tank style with “clubman” bars, which are basically like poor-man’s set of clip-ons and very stylish, although possibly uncomfortable.  In the quest for style, it also unfortunately loses the practical two-up seat and, with it, the ability to terrify a passenger.

From the original eBay listing: 1972 Kawasaki H1 500 Cafe Racer

I purchased the Kawasaki a year ago with worn out pistons and not running. The seller said the bike was professionally built by a shop in south Florida about 10 years ago. The frame was striped than and repainted during the build.  I do not have any of the original parts that came off the H1.

I replaced all three pistons (Wiseco) , cylinders, heads  and rings. The carbs were rebuilt and new floats were installed. I installed a solid state voltage regulator and new rectifier plus new brushes in the alternator and the charging system works better than when the bike was new. I changed the gear box fluid with Bel Ray  gear saver oil. The gear box shifts perfectly. Bar end mirrors are new. Six months ago I added a new battery. The master cylinder was replaced with a new one and it came with a spare piston and seals. After getting it running I found the right hand crankshaft seal was bad, I replaced with a new one. The original air filter box was replaced with chrome JBS performance filters. The chain was replaced with a new one.  All three sets of points and condensers were replaced. I added the Cat tail light. The fork seals were replaced two months ago.  The fuel filters and fuel lines are new.  Clutch has heavy duty springs and the disks are in perfect shape. The Kawasaki will start on the first or second kick even if it’s been sitting for extended periods of time. Inside of the gas tank has no rust. Overall condition of the bike is very good. It does have two small dents in the tank. The paint has chipped in a few places. I was going to repaint the tank and fenders, but I think the patina makes the bike look like it ridden, not a trailer queen.  The chambers are Bassani and are in perfect shape. WARRNING; When this bike hits 5000RPM’s, you better be holding on, it’s like getting shot out of a cannon.

1972 Kawasaki H1 Cafe Racer L Front

And you know what Hunter says about being shot out of a cannon: it’s “always better than being squeezed out of a tube…”

This one has some scuffs and rough spots, but looks pretty ready-to-rumble.  Some of these Kawi’s are starting to really go up in value, but the non-standard state of this one may keep prices low.  I realize that, in most cases, cafe-style is more about looks than anything else.  But I can’t help it: these bikes just look cool, low and mean.  The next bike on my list may be a Laverda or Guzzi but, right after that, there’s a Kawasaki out there with my name on it.  Probably scratched into the tank with a pen-knife by some high school kid in 1975…


1972 Kawasaki H1 Cafe Racer L Rear

Wanna H1? How about the H1’s little older brother?

Update 11.10.2012: Back on eBay after failing to meet reserve the first time we listed in September at $3950. Bidding is currently up to $3050 with over 5 days to go. Links updated. -dc

The Tristar Triple 350. The 1972 Kawasaki S2 350. An excellent classic small cc sport bike. A tag line from Kawasaki from a sales brochure said this, “Mach II-first supermachine in it’s class. First in power. First in speed and acceleration. First in the race for space. Take-off time is now. The place: your nearest kawasaki dealer.” I love how modest they were:) Have you ever heard “its hard to be humble when you’re as good as me?” I think that’s what Kawasaki was trying to say in the early 70’s when they put all those two-stroke triples on the road. They solved the heat issue with the center cylinder well enough to put these on race tracks around the world and in your garage if you wanted to pretend you were a professional racer. The seller claims this to be a rare color, whatever the case, is I dig it!

Here’s what he has to say.

Absolutely stunning machine. Bike runs as good as it looks. Rare, early, Euro. paint. According to one Kawasaki expert, that we all know, there are only 4 others in the U.S. with this color scheme. Bike was taken down to the frame and completely gone thru. All fasteners are the original hollow top bolts that where zinced. All black parts where powder coated. Frame gloss black. Chain guard, headlight ears,brake hub are low gloss, as original. Engine side covers powder coated to exacting specs. Bike was assembeled to Kawasaki guidelines as found on the web @ Kawasaki Triples Resources. Bike was aquired with .40 over bore. New OEM pistons, rings, brngs. New clutch, wheel brngs, tires, seat cover. OEM pipes rechromed. Paint is Candytone White. Center pipe has the ever so common dings. Bearly noticable on this machine. New OEM wiring harness and turn signals. NOTHING on this machine has been over looked. OEM air box and tool pouch!! Speedo reads 23024, but this machine has about 30 mins. break-in time.

Bike is as complete as they come. No dissapointments with this one. No “it needs this or that” Fly in, ride home. That simple. I build show winners and this machine is no exception. Ride or park in your livingroom.

I really like the small cc two stroke bikes for their fun nimble and lightness. This bike could easily be entered in a bike show, kept in your living room, ridden around town, ridden on backroads or all four. Even if you don’t want a small cc bike i don’t see how you could not love this little gem. Check it out here.


1975 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III

Usually when I decide to post a bike that I think would be a neat addition to this blog, the bike is something I would add to my collection. That is if I had one! This bike is no exception. The power band of these triple two-strokes is legendary. Most motorcycle enthusiasts have some great tale of them, or a friend, narrowly escaping death from stuck throttles, unintended wheelies at high speeds and terrifying crashes with just a mention of a two-stroke triple. This why I am always happy to see one in original condition. If all the stories I’ve heard about these were true then there would have been more of them crashed than Kawasaki even made.

1975 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III for sale on eBay

The seller seems to be the “real deal” with a lot of knowledge. Here it is in his words.

Up for auction from my personal collection is one of my nicest 1975 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III’s. This H1 is not the same 1975 H1 that I sold a few weeks back and is an entirely different motorcycle so please read the description and look at the pictures carefully. This H1 has been one of my personal drivers and is an overall clean, correct and maintained example of an H1. I would like to stress the fact that this H1 should not be confused with the other H1’s sporadically offered by amateure and hobbyist sellers. It is one of my personal drivers. With so many Kawasaki’s in my collection, I have decided to let a few of my nicest examples go as I now realize I am never going to have time to enjoy them all. I am convinced the new owner will appreciate the overall quality of this very nice H1. The frame number appearing on this H1 is H1F-43469 and the engine number is KAE-113486 making this a numbers matching correct original motorcycle. The odometer currently reads 14,248 miles which is the actual mileage of this H1 and the build date on the vin tag reads 12/74.

Cosmetically, this H1 is a very clean and well maintained example.  The original body work is in overall nice condition.  The side covers do show some patina and do have a few chips but the paint is overall very presentable.  The original fuel tank is clean inside and in overall very nice original condition and is no doubt much nicer than the average H1 fuel tank. It does show some patina and sun fade but this does not detract from the overall quality of this H1. The seat is in overall outstanding original condition and features a soft and flexible original seat cover.  The rear tail section is also present and matches the original condition of the rest of the body work.  The original chrome chain guard is present with nice factory chrome and does not appear to have any visible damage.  The original front fender is also in nice original condition as well as the correct original rear grab bar.  The correct turn signals are also mounted and functioning on this H1.  This H1 also sports newer tires which ride out very nicely and make this H1 even more fun to ride.  The chrome on the original rims is very nice as well.  The original spokes and hubs are clean and correct.  The handlebars are original and do not appear to be bent and have correct Kawasaki mirrors mounted as well as all correct and original handlebar switches.  The gauges are very nice and do show very slight fading but are in well above average condition.  The headlight bucket, fork ears and headlight ring are also in excellent original condition.  The correct rear shocks match the quality of the rest of the bike.  The under seat area of this H1 is also in a maintained and original condition.  The exhaust set on this H1 is in exceptional original condition and are one of the nicer original sets of H1 pipes I have.  They are solid with no rust or other major damage and would be very hard to replace. In fact, this H1 sports the nicest original pipes of any later H1 model that I have or have had and would be acceptable on a restored H1.

Mechanically, this H1 runs and drives very nicely. It wasly starts on the first few kicks and quickly idles down.  This has been one of my personal drivers and has always been a reliable and enjoyable H1.  As with all old motorcycles, the new owner should perform some general maintance as reccomended by Kawasaki as I have not had this H1 out much this summer (approximately 2 miles put on this year).  The brakes function and quickly and smoothly bring this H1 to a stop when applied.  The original air box is present as well. The engine itself is also very clean, original, correct and well maintained.

Overall, this is a very nice and well maintained H1 that I have used sparingly that would be the perfect example to take out and enjoy or add to a collection.  Nice examples of H1’s are becoming very difficult to find especially from a reputable seller with outstanding feedback from selling New Old Stock parts and vintage motorcycles.  I also of course have a clear title as well as original Kawasaki key to go with this very nice H1.

This is what I’d call a practical classic sport bike. It’s been ridden and shows some wear but is all original and unrestored. You could slide this into a collection and have your staff dust it off once in a while or you could ride it. I know which option I’d choose. These bikes along with several others are going to be very hard to find someday soon. Collectors are already hoarding them in warehouses around the world. Save this one from it’s banishment from society and go for a thrilling ride.


A Very Clean 1973 Kawasaki H1

Sixty horse power from a bike weighing less than 400lbs in 1973? OK, where do I sign up? In 1969 Kawasaki introduced the tripe cylinder two strokes that everybody said couldn’t be done. Well, they did it and it was fast. The same year Honda was making cb750’s that weighed over 500lbs with only 6 more horses. Don’t get me wrong I love the CB750’s for their two up friendly problem free inline fours. When I want to get on a bike by myself and head out to the back roads with long straights and tight curves, I’ll take the power to weight ratio of the 1970’s smokers.

Check out this 1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Triple on Orange Co. Craigslist for $4900

It seems to me that the power of motorcycles has always been more than the suspension and breaking can handle. Case in point, the 1973 Kawasaki H1. Maybe that’s the reason I don’t see these for sale very often. Most of the one H1’s I do see are untitled, non runners with missing parts and high price tags. This bike only falls into one of those categories. Considering what’s been done to this bike, the prices the dead ones seem to fetch, the price seems inline to me though. I’m pretty sure more than the asking price has been put into this clean machine. The Ferrari Red with white racing stripes is a nice touch.

If you’re looking for a finished, ready to ride vintage Two Stroker here’s your bike.

The seller really paints a clear picture with his list.

This is the legendary 1973 Kawasaki H1 Triple two stroke superbike. With its lightning fast acceleration and menacing two stoke sound its an intimidating cafe racer. These bikes have become very hard to find especially since street legal two stokes have been outlawed in California for some time. This one was recently built with a powder coated gloss black frame, triple tree and misc. parts. Tank, side covers and rear faring was recently painted with two stage PPG Shopline Ferrari Red with white racing stripes paint and four coats of clear. Also has upgraded halogen front head lights with stock headlight mounts, cafe mirror, rare Koni Racing Shocks, New Bridgestone BattleAx tires front and rear, trued and balanced chrome spoke wheels, new seat upholstery, rebuilt carburetors, rebuilt oil pump, lower superbike handlebars, new clutch with racing springs and modified easy pull clutch lever, K and N air filters, new chain, rebuilt forks with new fork tubes and Pingel high flow petcock. Engine was taken apart and replaced anything that needed replacement.. The bike also includes a custom set of chrome plated expansion chambers with silencers made by the guys at MotoGPwerks of Anaheim hills. Runs only synthetic motor and two stroke oil. Runs excellent, very fast and always gets attention. Registration is clean and up to date.

This is definitely one of the cleanest H1’s I’ve seen for sale recently. It isn’t going to win “the most original bike” award but it could win your heart with a few Sunday rides on your favorite roads.


Rare 1972 Kawasaki S2 on eBay

For Sale: 1972 Kawasaki S2 350

Up for sale for a limited time is this fantastic 1972 Kawasaki S2 – 350. Born from the H1 500cc triple that was launched in 1969, the S2 (also known as the Mach II) was the H1’s smaller brother. Instead of starting small and punching out displacement to a larger size (like Yamaha did with the RD 250-350-400 series), Kawasaki started in the middle and then moved in both directions. The S2 is the kinder and gentler two stroke in the lineup.

Power from this reed-valve two stroke (replacing the disc-valve engine in the Avenger model) is reported at 45 hp. That is pretty stout for 1972, especially when you consider that the S2 only weighed in at about 350 all rarin’ to go. You can certainly see that this little, unknown bike was really a milestone machine – smaller and lighter became the acceptable order of the day. Of course Kawasaki (and others) would continue to build bigger and bigger, but here we start to see the the middleweight class emerge.

Styling is definitely on the “standard” side, although the use of bodywork behind the seat has been pointed out as the beginning of the sportbike bodywork trend. With the modular taillight treatment Kawasaki could do away with more heavy chrome – and while this seems like a small step between say a CB750 and the fully faired RZ500 a decade and a half later, evolution happens in small steps.

From the seller:







VIN# S2F 08100
Eng # S2E 08218

Only the Frame Vin# is on the title, (Missouri Title)
This is a very EARLY S2 350, it even has the one piece left engine cover, VERY rare…..!!

Includes, the manual under the seat and the tool kit
Original Yokahama Tyres

This bike is in incredible condition for its age – from the pictures it is hard to believe that it is nearly 40 years old! As far as collectability goes, the S2 is under appreciated in many circles – if it is known at all. That bodes well for its ultimate value, as the rare and unique will always have an edge in the price inflation game. As it stands, however, collectable Japanese hardware is still not a mainstream hobby; that makes prices more reasonable for the average person.

This auction is on right now with the current bid at only $3,550. There does not appear to be a reserve, which means that this museum-quality bike is going to a lucky new owner very soon. For more details on the bike and to see the rest of the pictures, click on the link and jump over to the auction. Good luck to you!