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For Sale: 1971 Kawasaki 500 H1R

Submitted by on June 1, 2011

In the Spring of 1969 Kawasaki announced the launch of an all new 500cc road bike. This was to be a two-stroke triple endowed with 60bhp and a 3 second 0 – 60 time, figures which instantly attracted the attention of the tuning and racing fraternity, whose orders prompted the factory to develop a Grand Prix version, to build upon solid commercial success. In the 1970 World Championship Kiwi Ginger Molloy scored a fine second overall behind Agostini “straight out of the box”. The bike’s power was never in doubt, but it was seen as being a hand full to get the best out of and somewhat “fragile” at times. For the 1971 season, improvements were made and Dave Simmonds rode one to a win, a second and a third, but it had already been eclipsed by Suzuki’s Titan Daytona. By 1972, the only note worthy result was Simmonds again garnering second place in a Grand Prix, this time in Spain.

This example has been with its UK based owner for a number of years, having restored it in 2004. This bike is in fine condition and could use an experienced and skilled rider throwing his leg over it!

It will be auctioned as part of the Silverstone Auctions MotoGP sale on June 11.

Price guide is £21 000  – £24 000

For more information visit SilverstoneAuctions.com

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