August 2015 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Mike Carpenter and his 1970 Kawasaki H1 500

Make: Kawasaki
Model: H1 500
Year: 1970
Country of Origin: Japan
Engine: 500cc Triple
Transmission: 5 speed
Owner:Mike Carpenter
City: Huntington Beach

Brand new Brand new with original owner
Guy Lindenberger in Huntington Beach

Barn find 2014 after 30 years in a barn

1970 Kawasaki H1 500

Congratulations to Mike Carpenter of Huntington Beach for winning Bike of the Month with his 1970 Kawasaki H1 500. Mike won a Mr. Pete's Grill T-shirt and gift certificate.

This was the first time Mike has brought his H1 to our meet. The bike has come full circle. It was bought brand new in April 1970 in Huntington Beach by the original owner Guy Lindenberger, Mike's good friend. Both had wanted an H1 since their introduction in 1969, but they had to save their money up to buy them. Mike purchased his first H1 two months later in June 1970.

Not too long after that, Mike met his wife and gave up his H1 for a car.

After Guy's untimely passing in 1984 and the bike was sold, however it was never paid for so his brother went and collected and stored it in his Redding California barn with his 45 other bikes.

Fast forward 30 years when Guy's son gave the bike to Mike so he could restore it in honor of his friend. Mike picked the bike up in April 2014.

According to Mike the bike is 90% original, aside from some added chrome plating.

Many people have contributed to this restoration. Mike utilized Z1 Parts of San Marcos for many parts and recommendations.

The motor was rebuilt by Ron Rogers in Crestline, CA and the Crank was balanced and blue printed by Dave Singleton. Custom Chrome in Anaheim did the chrome work and Wheel Works in Garden Grove rebuilt his wheels. The paint was done in a shop in San Marcos.

Thanks Mike for bringing it to our meet. See all the photos in our August Gallery.

The Bike of the Month contest is held monthly at the Vintage Bike OC meet. Qualifying motorcycles must be 30 years old or older. Former Bike of the Month winning bikes are not eligible to win again. Anyone attending the meet is eligible to enter a qualifying bike in the contest and vote for their favorite bike. The winning bike is chosen by a popular vote and is featured on the Home page for one month and in this feature article. The Bike of the Month articles are permanent content on the site.

Bike of the Month Gallery
Photo gallery of all the Bike of the Month winners.
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August 2015
1970 Kawasaki H1
July 2015
1968 BMW R69US
June 2015
1966 Honda Super Hawk 305
May 2015
1954 Triumph Speed Twin
April 2015
1957 Moto Guzzi Falconi
March 2015
1979 Honda CB750K Turbo
February 2015
1971 Triumph Bonneville Super Moto
January 2015
1965 Triumph Dual Sport
December 2014
1957 Moto Beta
November 2014
1970 Harley Davidson Sprint
October 2014
1937 Indian Big Base Scout
September 2014
1964 Twin Engine Triumph
August 2014
1954 Jawa 500 OHC
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