February 2021 Bike of the Month
Bike of the Month Steve Zahner of Yorba Linda with his 1975 Kawasaki H1 500

Make: Kawasaki
Model: H1
Year: 1975
Country of Origin: Japan
Engine: 500cc Triple
Transmission: 5 speed
Owner: Steve Zahner
City: Yorba Linda

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1975 Kawasaki H1 500

Congratulations to Steve Zahner of Yorba Linda for winning Bike of the Month with his 1975 Kawasaki H1 500. Steve won a plaque provided by Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys.

This is Steve's first motorcycle restoration, a project that has taken him the last three years. He obtained the bike from his neighbor who originally intended to restore it.

During the restoration, Steve made several updates to the bike to modernize it. He updated the heads to run on 91 octane pump gas, changed the carbs to 32mm Mikuni, upgraded the front brake caliper to a two piston with braided lines and added Higgs Speed stainless steel pipes that reduce the weight of the exhaust system.

The paint work was done by LRC, Left Right and Center in Bridgport Connecticut They are highly regarded in the H1 community. Steve pointed out that the logos and stripes were all paint, no decals were used.

The castings and casings were cleaned up locally here in Orange by Parts Reborn owned and operated by Steve Armstrong who attended the meet today.

Thank you Steve for bringing your Kawasaki out for all of us to see. See all the photos in our February 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.

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