1973 Kawasaki H1D Mach III – 3 to Choose From!
Numbersfor the 498cc 2 stroke: 60hp at 7500rpm helped by three 28mm Mikuni, and electronic CDI or mechanical points, depending on the year or parts left in Kawasaki parts bins. Top speed of 122mph, and a quarter mile time of 13.16s at 97mph. Drag racing appears to be a measuring stick for bikes in the 70’s, make it fast for a short distance, don’t worry about turning. Add to this a unorthodox transmission with 5 up gears, not 1 down four up, and you have created something that everyone wanted, and few could handle. A Tripple with a Ripple.
This 1973 Kawasaki H1D Mach III “” for sale is described by the seller as “pristine” and gives the story of finding the bike and the reason for selling it. A correlation to the nickname?
The physical description
The tank is un-faded and paint-perfect, except for one tiny stone chip (pictured) about the size of a BB. The engine side casings are stock and unpolished, as are the cylinders and heads. All the foot peg and kick start rubber is fresh and un-cracked, and so are the grips. The Bridgestone tires are sound, have no cracks, and are moderately worn. The seat is supple, gorgeous and looks showroom fresh.
These wicked two-strokes were known for their blinding acceleration and twitchy handling, thus were largely either wrecked (hence the nickname) or chopped up for the drag strip
If green is not your color choice, you do have or to choose from. And there is always full race bodywork available