1976 Kawasaki KH 400, 400 cc. Registration number OBA 596P. Frame number S3F32169. Engine number S3E032690.
Capitalizing on the success of the outrageous Mach III 500, Kawasaki followed up with a range of basically similar two-stroke triples, introducing the 750 H2, 250 S1 and 350 S2 in 1971. In 1973 the S2 was superseded by the 400cc S3, which boasted a longer wheelbase, disc front brake, rubber-mounted engine and - surprisingly - a few less horsepower than its 350cc predecessor. Although slightly down on performance, the S3 could nudge 110mph and raced through the quarter-mile in a little over 14 seconds, figures that put it at the head of its class. The H and S series ceased production after 1975, and the model line became the KH series in 1976, omitting the 750 from the lineup and leaving just the KH250, KH400 and KH500. Model designations changed to 'KH' in 1976, the new KH400 incorporating various improvements including CDI ignition. Stricter emissions regulation and advances in 4-stroke technology caused the demise of the Kawasaki triples in both cases in 1980. Outrageous and uncompromising in their day, these characterful Kawasaki triples have become highly collectible in recent years.
OBA was first registered in the UK in December 2016 with a mileage of 9,929 , presumably an import from the USA, soon it was with a Graham Mableson. Our vendor bought it in August 2017 from The Bike Specialists of Sheffield with a mileage of 9,930. He has added only a few miles since, today it is at 10,099 miles.
Sold with the V5C, various receipts and old MOT's this machine is highly recommended by Spicers.
Offered for sale as our vendor is moving to a smaller property without the storage for his collection, Spicers can highly recommend this machine.