1972 Mach IV 750: 74 throbbing horsepower, 423 pounds (dry), $1,395. Someday when we look back at the hydrocarbon era, this thing will be the poster child. Maybe those who believe man and dinosaur roamed the earth together are referring to this bike?

The 1969 H1 500 Triple alerted the world that Kawasaki had entered the room, via a world record quarter-mile of 12.61 seconds at 111.38 mph, quickest ever for a production motorcycle. Remember to tighten fasteners…

The 1969 H1 500 Triple alerted the world that Kawasaki had entered the room, via a world record quarter-mile of 12.61 seconds at 111.38 mph, quickest ever for a production motorcycle. Remember to tighten fasteners…

By the time the H1 plug was pulled in 1975, it had gained a front disc brake, a reinforced frame, swell paint that still looks fresh… sigh. Yes, a new Versys 650 is a better motorcycle in every way for the same money but if I could dust this one off and fire it up, it would be a very tough call...

By the time the H1 plug was pulled in 1975, it had gained a front disc brake, a reinforced frame, swell paint that still looks fresh… sigh. Yes, a new Versys 650 is a better motorcycle in every way for the same money but if I could dust this one off and fire it up, it would be a very tough call…

Anyway, thanks very much for the stroll down Memory Lane, Kawasaki people. And may we all continue to Laissez les bon temps roulez.

  • Starmag

    For anyone who’s done much of it, move is a four letter word.

    Cook an early influence. Old Blue, getting the Japanese to allow comparos, getting thrown off an H2 on Mulholland to demonstrate it’s handling “issues” to Kawasaki, Sportster dragster, etc.

    That Z-1 is still beautiful.

    Revenge for never getting a GPZ1100 was buying a red ZRX.

    I never saw an eccentric front axle before. Admirable experimentation.

    As for those calipers, before there were mono-blocks, there were just blocks.

  • Jon Jones

    Great stuff!

  • gunny 2shoes

    thanks for that, i saw 3 of mine in there. time to buy another.

  • Tony Nicosia

    I WAS ABLE WITH HELP OF K. M. C . & THE # ONE P. R MAN FOR KAWASAKI K M C , MR.PAUL COLLINS I SET 70 WORLD & NATIONAL & 6 BONNEVILLE WORLD LAND SPEED RECORDS ON THE KAWASAKI H – 1 500 MACH 111 . PLUS 48 WORLD & NATIONAL RECORDS ON THE H -2 750 MACH IV & 1 BONNEVILLE WORLD LAND SPEED RECORD .FROM 1969 – 1972 .NO MOTORCYLCE COMPANY OR BIKE HAS MATCH THESE
    RECORD IN THE LAST 47 YEARS .OH YES I WON A FEW 100’S OF RACE IN THEM 3 YEARS

    • john burns

      very cool Mr. N!