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BikeMaster ReBuild: 1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Triple - Part 2

BikeMaster ReBuild: 1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Triple - Part 2
By Steve Mayes July 24, 2018

With our Kawasaki H1 on the lift, it was time to get to work. Disassembly goes quickly, and it helps to take photos and mark parts as they are removed. The body tins (and yes, they are metal on a 1973) come off easy and we immediately feel a sense of accomplishment.

However, this is short lived, as we have a long way to go to strip it down to the bare frame. It is always amazing to see the amount of wiring they cram into the headlight bucket. It helps to label all the wires you will need to disconnect when removing the headlight.

On the lift to start a new journey.


Also, with any project, take your time and try not to rush. This will give you the opportunity to write down what parts will need refurbished or replaced. We also keep in mind when working on older Japanese bikes, the hardware used back then was marginal at best. We like to use BikeMaster Multi-Purpose Lube (531851) to penetrate rusty nuts and bolts. The BikeMaster Tap and Die Set (151880) is a must for fixing old threads, as well.


1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Triple body tin removal

Body tins came off easy.


Being that we want to keep our H1 looking as stock as possible, while keeping a tight budget, it helps to find a source for OE model-specific parts. Z1 Enterprises ( www.z1enterprises.com) is a great resource for your older rides.


1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Triple - wheels offBars, pipes and rear wheel are off!


Our next installment in our BikeMaster Kawasaki H1 project bike will be to remove the electrical system and suspension components. This should leave us with a frame and motor. That’s when the real fun starts!


1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Triple - teardown halfway point

The tear down is about half way finished. Ok, not really.


Until next time!