According to lore, when Kawasaki Japan sent over the list of bikes to be destroyed after it dropped out of racing in 1983, Eddie Lawson’s KR500 F1 racer was somehow not on the manifest. Following orders, Kawasaki’s Norm Bigelow quietly rolled it behind the dyno and threw a tarp over it, and there it sat for many years before being “rediscovered.”

The square-four monocoque KR raced in 500 GP, most notably with Kork Ballington, who rode it to two podiums in 1981, at Assen and Finland. Eddie Lawson rode this one in AMA Formula 1 in 1982, leading the Daytona 200 for a good many laps before dropping out with a gearbox issue. Lawson’s best finish was a second at Road America that season.

Everything on it is wacky and adjustable, including its steering head and front axle, Lockheed brakes, etc…

Everything on it is wacky and adjustable, including its steering head and front axle, Lockheed brakes, etc…

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