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BikeMaster ReBuild: 1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Triple - Part 3

BikeMaster ReBuild: 1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Triple - Part 3
By Steve Mayes September 17, 2018

We made good progress with the disassembly process, except when the BikeMaster shop reached 100 degrees.

BikeMaster build 1973 Kawasaki H1 500 Triple - wire harness and electrical components offThe wire harness and electrical components are off.

Soldiering on, we took the shocks and swing-arm off. It helps to use the BikeMaster multipurpose lubricant (531851) on the rusty fasteners to help loosen 45 years of weather and time. We have learned to take extra caution when working with old fasteners on metric bikes. It is always interesting to see the different ways the manufactures solve certain issues.

The auto-lube pump looks clean.

Each make of bike has its own design when it comes to the auto-lube system. Our H1 oiling system is still in very good shape considering the age.

Cylinder heads are off, and the hearts are now exposed.

The cylinders and heads came off with a little persuasion. Although one of the cylinder studs came off with the head nut. Minor setbacks are part of the game with these old bikes and actually will bring you closer together after you address all the issues.

Pistons look for the amount of miles.

With the top-end off, the motor came out of the frame without too much fuss. The front suspension was next to be removed.

Engine is out, and the front end is off.

With all the weight off the bike, it was easy to feel the steering stem bearings were past their prime. Now our project is down to the bare frame, and the reassembly process can begin!

Bare frame at last!

Our next installment for our BikeMaster H1 project bike will be preparing the frame and suspension components for the rebuild.