Kawasaki 750 Mach IV H2

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A ‘King of the Streets’ Kawasaki 750 Mach IV H2 in award winning condition.

MODEL HISTORY
The Kawasaki 750 Mach IV H2 was part of the iconic Kawasaki ‘Triple’ range produced from 1968 to 1980 with motorcycles ranging from 250-750cc, the more powerful 750 H2 model being nicknamed ‘widow makers’ owing to Kawasaki’s penchant for producing large engine bikes but still with skinny tyres, flimsy frames and inadequate brakes! Upon release they were the fastest production bikes in the world. Renowned as the ultimate full on Triple experience, the incredibly thirsty ‘King of the Streets’ 750 Mach IV H2 was eventually discontinued having succumbed to an impending oil crisis and strict incoming safety regulations, factors that would bring an end to a generation of raw and industry changing motorcycles.

EQUIPMENT
Tubular double cradle frame, telescopic front forks, twin rear shocks, chain oiler, friction and hydraulic steering dampers, chrome front mudguard, chrome side repeaters, side reflectors, speedometer, tachometer, capacitor discharge ignition (CDI), turn signal switch, headlight switch, engine stop switch, high beam light, horn, rear footrests, fuel valve, centre stand, side stand, rear grab bar, seat lock, compact toolkit, helmet holder, spark plug holder, neutral indicator, rear brake lining wear indicator.

EXTERIOR
Finished in Candy Purple, one of only two colour options available for the 750 Mach IV H2 model, this matching numbers US example has gained award winning status with its long term club owners, having entered into the UK in 1993. Correct US specification features include no rear mudguard, no seat strap and circular side reflectors. The pristine and correct Candy Purple paintwork catches the sunlight in an amazing almost psychedelic manner and is delightfully 70’s! Beautifully detailed in every respect but not to the detriment of originality, all components are in remarkable order and the chassis and engine numbers clearly visible for inspection. Likewise, the almost ornate asymmetrically arranged three branch exhaust system displays clear part number stampings. Lifting the seat reveals further delights such as the original spark plug holder, (with plugs), and complete toolkit in the plastic pouch. All manufacturer stickers and notices are clearly intact and an owner’s manual is in situ under the seat. The factory fitted seat, grips and rubbers can all be described as excellent. A truly exceptional example of the Kawasaki’s that took the 1970’s biking world by storm.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The three cylinder two-stroke air-cooled engine has a 748cc displacement and produces 71bhp at 6800rpm. A standing start ¼ mile of 12 seconds was quoted along with a claimed top speed of 126mph. Features such as the capacitor discharge ignition (CDI) remain exactly as the manufacturer intended. The 5-speed ‘all up’ constant mesh transmission with wet multiplate clutch operates perfectly. It is crucial to emphasise that this collector’s example is not just a show piece but has been maintained and importantly used as intended in dry conditions. A guaranteed smile on the riders face experiencing the ‘Triple Tingle’ amid an intoxicating soundtrack and cloud of blue smoke in their midst!

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This exceptional example retains its beautiful original chrome wire wheels to uphold the classic look. In outstanding condition, the wheels are shod in premium quality Metzeler tyres of size 3.25-19 54H and 4.00-18 64H (front and rear) with masses of tread remaining.
The braking system has the very expensive twin 295mm front disc factory option incorporating a 5/8 master cylinder, (replaced but included), and different a banjo to feed the brake fluid to both discs. The 203mm rear drum has the working wear indicator.

HISTORY FILE
This final model 750 Mach IV H2C example was manufactured in 1975 and supplied to the US market. Imported to the UK in 1993, the bike has had just five UK keepers. Acquired by KGF Classic Cars from the Late Mr Ian Richards who had cherished this incredible bike from 1999 having previously owned three ‘widow makers’ in his younger years. An avid and well known club member, regular outings and two club rallies’ per annum have ensured this bike has been enjoyed as intended. The award winning credentials include ‘Best in Show’ at the Kawasaki Northern (National) Rally 1999 presented by ‘Triples’ Guru Rick Brett, and the 2000 VJMC ‘Most Outstanding H2’ presented by legendary former Kawasaki Work’s racer Mick Grant.

Ian Richards was the hugely knowledgeable and devoted long term owner of 18 years and had preserved this incredible bike to the highest level, even down to the fitting of an almost indistinguishable Z750 kick start in order to retain the slightly thinner cast H2 original, which were prone to snapping under repeated use. He even had the foresight and awareness to remove the bottom exhaust bolt, largely the cause of increased tension and resulting in the original pipes cracking. The following custodian, Mr Dean Marshall travelled the length and width of the country viewing so called ‘immaculate’ bikes before snapping this one up immediately knowing the pedigree. His decision to sell after three years of pleasuarrble ownership is the opportunity to buy another iconic and lifelong dream motorcycle, an RD500 Yamaha YPVS. Completing the history file is an Owner’s Manual and Owner’s and two production Kawasaki H1 and H2 sales brochures. This 750 Mach IV H2 is an absolute must for the avid collector where inspection and trial will not disappoint. A rare unmissable opportunity indeed!

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Kawasaki KX250-A4

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One of 1500, a 1978 Kawasaki KX250-A4 in tremendous condition.

MODEL HISTORY

In 1974, Kawasaki would make its most serious off-road commitment to date with the release of an all-new line of motorcycles designed solely for motocross racing – the KX. The first bikes from Kawasaki designed from the ground up to be serious motocross racers rather than just modified street bikes, the new KX was crafted from the beginning to do one thing, win Motocross races.  Having initially failed to gain traction either in the marketplace or the top of the 250 Motocross charts, all that changed in 1978 with the introduction of the first official ‘works replica’, the ultra-trick and lightweight KX250-A4.  Available in extremely limited numbers (an estimated 1500 total), the KX250 A-4 was more about Kawasaki’s renewed commitment to racing than selling big numbers.

EQUIPMENT

Chrome moly-steel chassis, aluminium fuel tank, gold-anodized swingarm and wheel rims, long-travel suspension, KYB Kayaba carbon charged rear shocks, KYB Kayaba nitrogen charged front shocks, Mikuni Kogyo 38mm carburettor, Boyesen reed valve induction, engine stop switch, fuel shut off, handlebar crash pad, kick starter, competition number mountings.

EXTERIOR

Finished in the famous Kawasaki Lime Green, the appearance of this successful and iconic motorcycle is truly fantastic.  This collectable KX250-A4 variant, chassis number KX250A-000123 as clearly displayed on the stock stamping is confirmed as a 1978 model, complete with the rare aluminium fuel tank prior to the switch to plastic in 1979.  The factory finish gold-anodized swingarm matches the wheel rims and the chrome moly-steel chassis is excellent.  Factory stickers and stampings to the frame and original components are sure to please originality seekers, features lost on heavily used examples.  All trims pieces and rubbers are preserved in near perfect order and the seat is unworn.  A motocross legend, the bike that seated Kawasaki as a formidable force amongst the other Big Four manufacturers.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION

The robust piston-port air-cooled 2-stroke engine has a 249cc displacement with a Mikuni Kogyo 38mm carburettor and Boyesen reed valve induction.  Being completely standard with the correct factory exhaust, the maximum power of 40hp combined with the featherlight dry weight of just 206lbs, this bike was designed purely for the professional racer whereby incompetent riders failing to appreciate the physics of weight shifting could soon find themselves facing the sky!   It has a 5-speed gearbox with wet plate clutch and this bike starts and runs but has been on display, therefore recommissioning is recommended before use.  Tremendous fun complete with an ultra-raw two-stroke soundtrack, very loud!

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES

This KX250-A4 rides on the original gold-anodized wheel rims which incredibly still have the factory finish and stickers displayed.  The wheels are in fantastic order and are shod in Magnum SX tyres of size 80/100 21 and 110/100 18 front and rear respectively.  The huge knobbly tyres are in excellent unworn condition and a warning against highway use serves as a reminder of this bikes competition bloodline.  Front and rear drum brakes with lightweight magnesium hubs as factory built are still fitted.

HISTORY FILE

Having earnt its long-due respect in the world of competition Motocross, the KX series and in particular this KX250-A4 has gained legendary status.  The instantly recognisable, the vibrant Lime Green bikes became a familiar sight at the top of the Motocross charts, thanks only to Kawasaki’s clear and focused aim to build a winner!  This example, rare even when made was one of just 1500 machines build, with the chassis number KX250A-000123, making this bike number 123.  Reputedly yet unconfirmed officially, Kawasaki dealers were unable to meet demand with supply and not all dealers were able to get one.  Those who could are rumoured to have demanded a racing ‘resume’ from potential buyers, as these were not sold to any ‘normal punter’.  Having avoided the Enduro hardship that befell most of the 1500, this bike has been preserved in amazing order and was in fact displayed in a pub games room for many years and flanked by two matching green KX80’s and other memorabilia!  KGF Classic Cars are delighted to offer this machine to our ever-diverse portfolio of modern classic cars and motorcycles, ready for the next owner/collector to enjoy.

Kawasaki Z1B

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The King of Kings, a Kawasaki Z1B in show condition.

EQUIPMENT
Tubular double cradle frame, oil damped telescopic forks, swing arm with two coil over oil damped shock absorbers, chrome mudguards front and rear, chrome side repeaters, speedometer, tachometer, odometer, tripmeter, side reflectors, turn signal switch, headlight switch, dimmer switch, lamp ‘on’ indicator, stop lamp indicator, electric start, engine stop switch, oil light, high beam light, neutral indicator, horn, folding front and rear footrests, fuel valve, centre stand, side stand.

EXTERIOR
Finished in the unique for the Z1B model and highly desirable, Candy Super Blue, the finish on this motorcycle is stunning.  The attention to detail can be seen with correct and exact decals such as the broad gold stripe, with a thin white stripe above it, running along the bottom of the fuel tank and continuing along the tailpiece curving upwards at the rear.  Beautifully detailed, but not to the detriment of originality, this example is a useable showpiece.  Purists will notice the correct Z1B attributes such as the speedometer calibrated in increments of 10mph and the side cover nomenclature DOUBLE OVERHEAD CAMSHAFT in black lettering inset into an alloy background.  All the chrome has a mirror finish and the lower swing arm has some minor stone chips.  The original instrument cowling finished in black are included.  The frame number is clearly stamped and correct.  The original ornate four exit exhaust system still has the KHI 900Z part numbers visible on this matching numbers bike. Iconic in every way.

ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The four stroke four cylinder in-line transversely mounted air cooled DOHC engine has a displacement of 903cc and produces a thumping 82bhp, enough to smoothly propel the owner to a top speed of 132mph.  Work totalling thousands by Rising Sun Restorations for a full crank up engine rebuild is included in the history file.  The engine number is Z1E071938 and is correct along with the Mikuni carburettors.  The exhaust note is spine-tingling and changing through the 5-speed constant mesh gearbox is a joy.

WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
This Z900 retains its beautiful original chrome Takasago wire wheels in exceptional condition and shod in premium Bridgestone 100/90-19 front and 120/90-18 rear tyres.  A hydraulically operated single 296mm disc and rod operated 200mm single leading shoe drum brake stop this powerful bike safely.

HISTORY FILE
This 1975 Kawasaki Z1B chassis number  Z1F71774, represents a very original unmolested example that has formed part of a privileged collection worthy of a museum.  Arriving in the UK in 2011 and cherished since, a history file comprises of a tatty owners manual, old MOT certificates and invoices. A very rare opportunity for the discerning collector.

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