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1970 Kawasaki 500 H 1 Mach III review
Great Times Great Memories Great Machine
Review of the 500 H 1 Mach III submitted on 2008-06-12.
I owned one of these historic machines from the summer of 1972 until the spring of 1975. Fun factor 9 out of 10.Reliability 9 out of 10. I bought it used for Dollars 500.00. It was owned by an upper middle aged man(55 something).It came with a wind shield and a rack with a back rest. It already had 13,000 mi. on it, but the old guy NEVER once reved it past 5,000rpm. When I bought it from him he said ´It feels about right for just a 500, just made an occasional ride on the freeway but pretty much took it easy´. I asked him about the power rush when reved past 5600 rpm all he sayd was he was affraid it would flip over backwards and never pushed it. I thought it for sure was loaded up but he said he frequently changed the flat gap plugs so it never really loaded up. 2 days after I bought it I mustered up enough confidence to push it past 7grand and was awestruck! I had a couple of 350 Hondas and aYR-2 Yamaha 350, and neither of those put out that power rush. I rode it thru the Mojave desert @106 degrees, then thru Yosemite national park that summer,not one single problem although I thought I dropped a cylinder doing 100mph in Yosemite on a 5 mile straight and met up head long into a 45mph headwind with a 250lb passenger behind me that slowed me down to 50mph in a few seconds. Thats when we watched a deer running in an open field 200yds. to my right. As it got closer and closer I decided to stand on and vice gripped the brakes just in time to stop and watch that deer cross the road right in front of us!!! Although the brakes were´nt quite the same after that Im glad I had the sense to stop before we could of got killed.
This review of the 1970 Kawasaki 500 H 1 Mach III
was submitted by: T. Parker
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