Minichamps MIN122164750 1969 Kawasaki 500 H1 Mach 3 Motorcycle - Anthracite/Black (1:12 Scale)
"Let the good times roll."
- Kawasaki slogan
Kawasaki Triple is a generic nickname for a range of motorcycles Kawasaki produced from 1969 to 1976 in the United States and up to 1980 elsewhere. The name comes from the motorcycle's unconventional engine layout, an air cooled three cylinder two stroke with two exhaust pipes exiting on the right side of the bike and one on the left.
The first Kawasaki Triple was the H-1 Mach III, introduced in 1969. The original H-1 was unique for using a CDI ignition which operated through an automotive style distributor. The H-1 offered a high power to weight ratio for the time period, but generally poor handling and weak drum brakes front and rear. A common nickname for the H-1 was "The Widowmaker", a name disputed by any true aficionado of the H series.
An interesting offshoot of the Kawasaki Triples was that since they were air cooled and the crankshafts were pressed together, it was possible to literally cut an engine apart, press up extra sections of the crankshaft, re-weld different sections of the cases, and make multi-cylindered motorcycles. The ignition system had to be redone, as well as the carburetors. Four cylinder 1000 cc H-2's were known to exist, but the most common bikes to be modified were the S series, with 5 to 7 cylinder models being built, and at least one "V-6" (two three cylinder banks feeding into a common transmission). More of a machinist's skill exercise than a practical development, they were still a popular modification in Europe. They were impractical because the engine was made much wider and the clutch and gearbox were put under more strain. Another modification was a liquid cooled H-2, which was done in the late seventies in either Australia or New Zealand.
Pictured here is a 1:12 scale replica of a 1969 Kawasaki 500 H1 Mach 3 motorcycle that is finished in anthracite and black. Comes with a handsome presentation case. Sold Out!
Length: 7 inches
Height: 3.50 inches
Release Date: March 2011
Historical Account: "Pass the Salt" - The H1 Mach 3 was the quickest production motorcycle at the time. When motorcycle journalists expressed some disbelief, Kawasaki suggested they take a new H-1 to the drag strip. Using a regular production model with only 7 miles on it, Tony Nicosia ran the quarter mile in 12.96 seconds at 100.7 mph for the press to witness (the official figure was 12.4 secs - quite believable on a well run in machine). Tony Nicosia set many world records with Kawasaki triples over the following years, including some land speed records at Bonneville Salt Flats.