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1970 Kawasaki 500 Mach III - The Widow Maker
In its day, the Kawasaki 500 Mach III was the "fastest, sharpest two-stroker yet produced", and can still outrun a majority of bikes on the road today.  It holds a special place as a two-stroke engined bike that can hold its own against four-stroke multis, and with an engine that produces two horsepower per cubic inch, it can outrun some racing machines.  The bike weighs in at just 385 pounds with 60 horsepower, and can burn off a quarter mile in 13.5 seconds. Many design elements were also incorparated to keep the bike size down, such as piston ports rather than rotary valves, and a coupled engine and gear box unit.  Initially retailing at just $1,000, this bike is now one of the most sought after vintage Kawasakis on the market.