The Widowmaker – 1970 Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III

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Post-Sale Update: After being relisted on eBay, this Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III sold for $7,250.

Known as the ‘Widowmaker’, the Kawasaki H1 series were a range of triples famous for being incredibly fast, without the handling to match. This bike ended up setting a standard for how dangerous a motorcycle could be – motorcycle reviewers of future years would often remark about how a certain bike handled like “an early Kawasaki triple” when they wanted to make the most negative of comments. But this reputation only helped to make the bike more popular amongst riders who fancied themselves tough. The Kawasaki H1 500 Mach III is easily Kawi’s most infamous motorcycle. “Tank Slappers” and “wheelies” became part of the daily vocabulary of riders who tried to tame this bike.

Kawasaki H1 500 - Front

The Kawasaki H1 500 was the mid-size model, and was easily the fastest 500cc bike around. By keeping everything cheap, Kawi was able to market this bike to young gentlemen who wanted the fastest bike possible for less than a grand. This led to very quick bikes that couldn’t really stop or turn, as it suffered from frame flex and suffered from tire technology of the time. But once you hit 6,000 rpm, the powerband seemed to go vertical. Bikes would go vertical, too, thanks to the silly power and a significant rear weight bias. These bikes can be significantly upgraded in the handling and braking departments, which should remind you that all bikes of the time weren’t exactly handlers compared to what we’re used to now. Take the stories of danger with a grain of salt!

Kawasaki H1 500 - Left Side

This specific Kawasaki H1 500 is in a beautiful Peacock Gray, and looks to be in great shape. Not everything is original, however the numbers match, and the aftermarket pipes are above average replicas. We’re in love with the paint color of this H1, which wasn’t titled until 1974. This is only a second owner bike – it’s time for you to become the third!

Kawasaki H1 500 - Right Side

Find this Kawasaki H1 500 for sale here on eBay with bidding up to $4,049 and the reserve not yet met in Boca Raton, Florida.