84 1970 Kawasaki H1 MACH III ENG. KAE21246 FRAME. KAE22790 MILEAGE. 16,000 $13,000 - $18,000
100% ORIGINAL Raw and uncompromising, the Mach III was nothing less than ferocious. Aimed squarely at the fearless and idiotic, this Darwinian time machine, designed by Kawasaki, was destined to cull the less-evolved rider out of existence. Although the production of the wildly aggressive triples formed a tiny part of Kawasaki’s enormous heavy industry business, whose core focus was producing trains, ships and aircrafts, the H1 Mach III is, without a doubt, Kawasaki’s most 70
infamous piece of engineering. It was responsible for changing the vernacular of motorcycling and the terms ‘wheelie’ and ‘tank slapping’ were invented by the exasperated pilots of the Mach III. It had a top speed of +200kph and, with the combination of significant frame flex, negative rear-wheel weight distribution and an extremely ‘abrupt’ power step at 6,000rph through to its redline (8,500–12,000rpm), the Mach III was the most antisocial speed kit you could get your
hands on. It was a truly terrifying experience for the inexperienced and a wonderful gift from the gods of speed to the slightly insane rider of the day. This particular example is 100% original, right down to the authentic ‘tank slap’ trench on the left-hand side of the tank. A great example, the machine hails from a single owner/rider, who obviously survived the sweet wrath of the Mach III on more than one occasion. Registration remains on hold.
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