Kawasaki KH500: history, specs, pictures

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Kawasaki KH500
Also called KH 500
Production 1976 - 1977
Class Road
Predecessor Kawasaki H1
499cc in-line three, two-stroke
Bore / Stroke 60.0mm x 58.8mm
Top Speed 113 mph (182 km/h)
Horsepower 50.96 HP (38.0 KW) @ 7000RPM
Spark Plug NGK B9HS '76
Battery YUASA 12N9-3B '76
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed
Final Drive: chain
Final Drive Chain: 530x106
Front Sprocket 15T
Rear Sprocket 45T
Brakes Front: single disc
Rear: expanding brake
Front Tire 3.25-19
Rear Tire 4.00-18
Weight 205.0 kg (wet)
Recommended Oil K-tech 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 4.23 Gallon (16.00 Liters)
Related Kawasaki KZ900A
Manuals Service Manual

The Kawasaki KH500 was a 500cc, 2-stroke, street motorcycle manufactured by Kawasaki for the 1976 production year. The KH500 was the successor to the Kawasaki H1 "Mach III". It could reach a top speed of 113 mph (182 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 50.96 HP (38.0 KW) @ 7000 RPM.

Changes between the H1 and KH500 was a lowering in horsepower, changing color and markings, a gear shift pattern change, and grips, water-resistant brake pads, and locking tank cap. A three-fuse system was adopted. Kawasaki also brought a brighter headlight to this bike.


The engine was a air cooled in-line three, two-stroke. A 60.0mm bore x 58.8mm stroke result in a displacement of just 499.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a port control.


The bike has a 5-speed transmission.


It came with a 3.25-19 front tire and a 4.00-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a expanding brake in the rear. The KH500 was fitted with a 4.23 Gallon (16.00 Liters) fuel tank.


  • Maximum Horsepower:
  • 52 HP @ 7,000 rpm
  • (W) 50 HP @ 7,000 rpm
  • Color
  • Fuel Tank: Deep Burgundy, Copper
  • Front Fender: Chrome
  • Engine No.: KAE117100-
  • Frame No.: H1F-470130-
  • Parts Catalogue No.: 99997-625-525, (G) 99997-625-53S, (E) 99997-670
  • Owner's Manual No.: 99997-882-00
  • Shop Manual No.: 99997-711-00
  • The KH was the model code change for the H1.

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