This great T500M was restored to a show standard by its owner. The engine outer alloy casings, heads and barrels were all vapour blasted and polished. All of the electrical items were checked and replaced as needed. Kawasaki H1A – 1971 Year: 1971 Manufacturer: Kawasaki Model: H1A Colour: Blue Engine Size: 500 Drive Type: Chain Start Type: Kick Start Restored 1971 Kawasaki H1A Mach 111 Motorcycle. New gaskets and seals were used to rebuild the engine.
The carburettors were vapour blasted, serviced and the float heights set to the original specification. All of the parts on the bike that were black were powered coated.
Choppers were certainly built here, as were 5 and 10 speed “racers”, the Olympus (26″) and Arena (27″). It was multi-brand; all the models on the pages I sent you were made by Healing Industries of Christchurch or Morrison Industries of Hastings.
The pictures below are scans of a Master Cycle Traders’ Federation catalogue from the early 80s (the MCT was NZs national cycle trade body). The third largish player on the market was Cyclemakers of Pleasant Point, but at this point cyclemakers would have just been getting off the ground. We confirmed this by looking back in old invoice books till we found prices to match.
The original silencers were chrome cleaned, buffed and polished. The frame, battery box, airbox, swing arm, side & centre stands and front footrests were powder coated black. All of the chrome pieces on the motorcycle were either re-chromed or replaced with original UK parts. Kawasaki Z1 – 1974 Year: 1974 Manufacturer: Kawasaki Model: Z1 Colour: Green Engine Size: 900 Drive Type: Chain Start Type: Combo Restored 1974 Kawasaki Z1 Motorcycle.
All of the chrome work was re-chromed, including the exhaust downpipes. The alloy hubs and brakes were stripped and polished. New parts used in the rebuild include: Headstock bearings, Handlebars, Grips, Mirrors, Fork gaiters, Fork seals, Rear shocks, Side and centre stand springs, Gear and kick start rubbers, Footrest rubbers, Rear footrests, Rear light assembly, Indicators all around, Fuel tap gaskets, Horn, Indicator relay. This motorcycle was professionally restored to original factory condition by its owner.
The bike has been transformed, and is now very nippy, thanks to the full pound each wheel has shed!
I’ve also foregone the cable-free back end and replaced the Duomatic with a standard Torpedo 3; much more pleasant to use in my humble opinion. Keith Guthrie of Cycle Trading Co found the following letter in his files.Slightly cruder than the original Nottingham version, the 20 was nevertheless a sturdy machine which suffered very few problems over its long production life.It was made of local steel, and the main tube was of slightly smaller diameter than the original. All of the rubber grommets including the front and rear footrest rubbers were replaced with new old stock items. The instruments were restored with new faces, jewels, glass and repainted inside. The candy tone blue paintwork was professionally refinished. The pistons rings and small end bearings were replaced. The carburettors were sonic cleaned inside and out.I own a Raleigh 20 Detachable, although I’ve modified the machine heavily.