In 1980, Kawasaki and its Japanese designer Kinuo Hiramatsu set out to build a 500cc 4 cylinder Grand Prix, to participate in the 500 cc world speed championship.
3 prototypes will emerge.
These revolutionary motorcycles use a chassis with a monocoque aluminium frame, single shock absorber suspension, and several revolutionary techniques.
The 500 cc engine is a square four-cylinder, water-cooled rotary distributor.
Two of these bikes will be used by Australian world champion Kork Ballington and one will be sent to the USA to compete in the AMA American Championship with Eddie Lawson.
These motorcycles therefore ran in the hands of Kork Ballington in 1980, 81 and 82 Kork finishing 9th in the 1982 world championship.
Ballington will use these bikes in the British championship events where he will secure the title of champion of England with six victories and three lap records.
40 years later, of these three motorcycles two will survive.
One is currently in a British collection, and the other will remain for 30 years at Kork Ballington and will be sold in recent years to a French collector.
These motorcycles therefore represent by their history, achievements and notoriety of the pilot (world champion) an authentic and very rare collector’s machine.
More than forty years later, these rare motorcycles lie dormant in collections and are no longer used.
At the beginning of the 2010s, an Italian trainer passionate about competition
Flavio Frighi decided to revive these mythical motorcycles.
He then undertakes an identical reconstruction of the KR 500.
(The original English KR 500 will serve as a reference)
Two KR 500 replicas will be operational in 2011 and will participate in classic European events with Kork Ballington and Jean François Baldé on the handlebars.
Of the two replicas produced by Flavio Frighi, one will be sold by classic-motorbikes.
The second and final is on sale today. This motorcycle is complete and operational.
It has a few maintenance parts and works perfectly.
Here we have a usable replica of one of the most legendary Grand Prix 500s of the 80s.
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