1971 Kawasaki H1A 500

The Widowmaker

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1971
  • Motorcycle type 
    Street
  • Mileage 
    12 157 mi / 19 565 km
  • Condition 
    Original Condition
  • Colour  
    Blue
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Performance 
    60 BHP / 61 PS / 45 kW
  • Engine size (cc) 
    500

Description

“The Widowmaker”
Beautiful unrestored condition
Only 12,157 original miles
60hp
500cc Two Stroke Triple
5-Speed gearbox with neutral at bottom of box
Beautiful unrestored example
Original drum brakes front and rear
Original Ignition Key & owners manuals

The horsepower race that modern bikes are measured on isn’t something new, and back in the late 60’s manufacturers were developing weird and wonderful concepts to claim their latest creation was the best.

Kawasaki’s early 4-cylinder was still in development, so to compete with its rivals, it took the 2-stroke platform and evolved it into an in-line 3-cylinder, producing 60hp and propelled the new H1 sports bike down the quarter-mile in a little over 12 seconds.

Road-testers of the era reportedly nicknamed the bike “The Widowmaker” as a light front end often caught them out when testing acceleration and braking.

We have found a real gem of an example, a totally unrestored bike, first delivered to the Italian market and kept as part of a large collection of older and historic bikes.

Mechanically it’s also in fantastic condition and riding the Kawasaki H1 is certainly a nostalgic step back to an era where the intoxicating smell of 2-stroke oil leaves a lasting impression.

Without doubt a classic bike that offers an experience on the road like no other.

For more details on this bike or to arrange a viewing please contact the showroom.

Tailored finance solutions and delivery available.