KAWASAKI 500 "MACH 3" - 1969-1972

The Mach 3 was meant to counter the famous 750 Honda and Suzuki T500. It was a real dragster at the time, a GP bike for the road. But it suffered from a chronic illness : a deplorable road-holding because of a under-dimensioned framework and a total lack of brakes. It was the fastest bike to arrive .... at the hospital.
The 1969 version was available in white with blue strips, and in 1970, in red with white strips. The 1972 H1A version was recognizable with its candy blue new tank and the rare H1B of 1972, with its single disk brake, its H2 front fork and a pearl candy orange with the now famous stripped pattern.


 Engine type : 2-stroke, in line 3-cylinder, piston reed valve, air-cooled
 Capacity :  498 cm3
 Bore x Stroke :  60 x 58.8 mm
 Max power/rpm :  60 HP at 7500 rpm
 Max torque :  6.85 m.kg at 7000 rpm
 Compression ratio :  6.8 : 1
 Fuel system :  3 Mikuni carburettors - Type : VM 28 SC
 Ignition :  battery - 12 V
 Gear box :  5 speed
 Tyres :  Front : 3.25 X 19" Rear : 4.00 X 18"
 Weight (empty) :  174 kg
 Max speed :  190 km/h