Kawasaki H1 Mach III 500

Kawasaki H1 Mach III 500
I dropped into my local garage the other day to find a stunning Kawasaki H1 being serviced. The machine was wheeled outside and fired up, splitting the air with the most insane bark I’ve ever heard from a motorcycle. The 500 cc motor of the H1 is a two-stroke triple, pumping out a remarkable 60 bhp: in 1969, it gave the Kawasaki one of the best power-to-weight ratios money could buy, enabling it to run rings around Honda’s CB750. Unfortunately, the handling didn’t live up to the standard of the engine. But the overall package was good enough to ensure a place for the H1 in motorcycling’s hall of fame. [Image by Flickr member Optikal.]