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Kawasaki A1 Samurai 250 1970
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"Dear Jesmond & Gloria, A very big unexpected surprise on a perfect Wednesday afternoon 22nd May, our lovely Triumph arrived at the front door. She travelled very well and arrived with no damage, just a couple of rub marks which polished out. We were very pleased and excited to meet her, as you can imagine she got a thorough looking over and out for a short drive. We have booked her into our mechanic this coming Monday for a full mechanical service before we take her out on the open road, this is a good way to get to know her and to understand what her future needs will be. Thank you so much for your card, bottle of wine and Classic Driver magazine, the seat belts are still in the box and will probably stay there. You have been a lovely couple to deal with, everything and more has progressed as you said it would, our very best wishes for your future success."Gary & Joyce Parker, Hastings, New Zealand
Kawasaki developed the A1 Samurai in 1967. The A1 took center stage as a high-performance machine, with approximately 80ps per liter.
The engine was a unique straight twin, two stroke, air cooled, oil-injected, dual rotary disc valve. The engine's ignition air supply began in an air filter canister below the seat and was pulled through a large plenum chamber just above the transmission and behind the cylinder head then downward into the two internal passages leading to the carburetor housing feeding the carburetors.
The A1 had two Mikuni carburetors located on the engine's left and right sides and inline with the crankshaft. The carburetors were enclosed and protected from the elements by carburetor covers fixed to the crankcase. Inboard of each carburetor, and supporting each carburetor, was the disc cover. The rotary disc valve was housed inboard of that cover.
The A1 Samurai motor was lubricated by the Superlube system, with 2-stroke oil directly injected in the intake tract. Previously equipped with points, the ignition system was equipped in 1969 with a capacitor discharge ignition including thyristor-based switching system then increased the voltage to between 25,000 and 30,000 volts reducing the unburned fuel mixture within the cylinders.
This combination of displacement (247cc), CDI system, and rotary discs produced 31 hp (23.1 KW) @ 8000 RPM gave the Samurai a power-to-weight ratio of 1 horsepower per 11 pounds of weight, a 0-60 mph of 6.6 second, making the Samurai as fast or faster than production competitors in its class.
ABOUT THIS BIKE
- Chassis #: A119059
- Engine #: A1E23543
- Concours Condition
- In Excellent Working Order – Looks and Drives like Brand New.
Kawasaki rolled out the good times with a whole line of smooth, streetwise machines. The Kawasaki Samurai is a very nice motorbike¦quick starting, powerful, big fuel tank, comfortable shocks¦only Kawasaki builds them like that.
Bike will be sold WOF'd and Registered if sold in New Zealand.
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NOTIFICATION AS TO NATURE OF GOODS IN TERMS OF THE CONSUMER GUARANTEES ACT 1993
Waimak Classic Cars accepts that the vehicle being sold must be of “acceptable quality” in terms of section 7 of the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (the Act) having regard to “the nature of the goods”.
Waimak Classic Cars is not aware of any specific defects with the vehicle, however (a) such a vehicle being a classic vehicle may have mechanical breakdowns, electrical failures at inconvenient times and maintenance costs being part of and parcel of ownership of a classic car; (b) reliability is a combination of the particular nature of the classic vehicle, how it is being driven, how it has been maintained, and to a certain extent luck.
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