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RE: RESPONSE TO NOSE BLEED FAST 71 Kawasaki 500 H 1 Mach III discussion forum:

H1 Kawasaki Bob said 2009-03-14 21:27:01 
I am new to the group and have had 2 H1\´s. The first one I bought on June 6th 1971 and kept for 10 years drag racing it a LOT. Best time at the strip was a believable 13.40 at 99.88. Bike was incredibly reliable, never broke anything except a $10 nylon throwout bearing. People who say they are slow off the line don\´t have the courage to take them to 7000RPM, drop the clutch, burn rubber for thirty feet, grab second gear while still doing a wheelie, and see 60 MPH and then make the 2nd to 3rd shift all within 4 seconds. There is still nothing like launching a MachIII properly.
Also bought another one in 2001 drove it for three years and let it fade away. Just started full revival with engine work, switch to a later model ignition, with a reliable magneto, and I am getting the fuel tank and side covers painted and applying new decals.
I am also getting the seat redone so it should look great. To the guy who asked if the 71\´s had 60 horsepower, that is correct. Downgrade to 54 didn\´t start till 73 or 74. Several magazines and road tests will validate this fact. The key to the Mach III wasn\´t total horsepower but the unique way in which the high performance two stroke delivered power in the higher RPM ranges. ALSO the bike was a bargain in 1971 priced at 1125 versus 1450 for the Honda 750. Take those numbers times 5 to compare today.
ALSO I think the 71 was one of the best looking motorcycles of all time with its \
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