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5 Cylinder Kawasaki 2-Stroke

The Kawasaki Triples were some of the most notorious motorcycles ever made, a series of 2-stroke street demons that prompted Hunter S. Thompson to write:

I still feel a shudder in my spine every time I see a picture of a Vincent Black Shadow, or when I walk into a public restroom and hear crippled men whispering about the terrifying Kawasaki Triple… I have visions of compound femur-fractures and large black men in white hospital suits holding me down on a gurney while a nurse called “Bess” sews the flaps of my scalp together with a stitching drill.

5 Cylinder Kawasaki 2-Stroke

Enter British MoD engineer Allen Millyard, who has a brilliant habit of building the wildest motorcycle specials on the planet. This is the man behind the 500-horsepower Millyard Viper V10, whose stated goal is to break 250 mph, and the Flying Millyard, which is powered by a 4804cc v-twin built from the same type of 9-cylinder Pratt & Whitney Wasp radial engine that powered Amelia’s Earhart’s final airplane.

5 Cylinder Kawasaki 2-Stroke

Kawasakis are another Millyard favorite. He has built 1600cc V8 Z1000 specials and 2600cc V12 Z1300 specials, which are on display at the Barber Museum in Alabama, and a number of Kawasaki Fives like the one you see here — 5-cylinder 2-stroke Kawasaki Triples.  Amazingly enough, Millyard builds these OEM-looking monsters in a small garage workshop with little more than hand tools.

5 Cylinder Kawasaki 2-Stroke

The lucky owner of this 883cc Kawasaki KH500 Millyard Special is Pip Davidson — a diehard 2-stroke fan. The joining of the engine cases is just seamless, making this one of the great “double-take bikes,” which you could mistake for OEM before your brain registers the width of the engine. Of course, the performance is anything but stock — the 883cc 5-cylinder, 2-stroke Kawasaki “Triple” produces 109 rear wheel horsepower.

Below, we interview owner Pip Davidson about the bike.

Kawasaki KH500 Millyard Special:  Owner Interview

5 Cylinder Kawasaki 2-Stroke

• Please tell us a bit about yourself, your history with motorcycles, and your workshop.

Pip Davidson 46, been riding bikes since age 5, owned lots of bikes but always wanted a garage full of 2 strokes.

• What’s the make, model, and year of the bike?

Kawasaki KH500 1976 Millyard Special

5 Cylinder Kawasaki 2-Stroke

• Why was this bike built?

To add more HP Obviously !!

5 Cylinder Kawasaki 2-Stroke

• What was the design concept and what influenced the build?

To keep it looking oem

5 Cylinder Kawasaki 2-Stroke

• What custom work was done to the bike?

Engines x 2 joined, handmade exhaust, uprated suspension etc

5 Cylinder Kawasaki 2-Stroke

• How would you classify this bike?

Modified classic

5 Cylinder Kawasaki 2-Stroke

• Was there anything done during this build that you are particularly proud of?

seamless joining of engine cases

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3 Comments

  1. Steve Jones

    Millyard is able to do what others can barely imagine. Absolutely brilliant work!

  2. Amazing piece of engineering Alan – especially how OEM it looks. Heartiest congrats. Must be quite an interesting bike to ride. I recall the old Kawa 500 triple as being a little reluctant to turn at speed and not confidence inspiring to stop. That said, its acceleration in a straight line was in a class of its own amongst production bikes in its day.

  3. Should ask Pip what his just finished building which is Quality

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