W1 in white

Old Bike Australasia - - OUT’N’ABOUT -

Reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor MAU­RICE AUSTIN un­earthed this in­ter­est­ing photo (above), fur­ther to the Kawasaki W1/2 story in OBA some time back. “The Kawasaki W story brought back some mem­o­ries. I re­mem­ber the 500cc ver­sion that McGan & Miller had and a mate Ron Hey­wood had an ex Po­lice W1 in white. This photo of his bike was taken in Lons­dale St Mel­bourne in the early 1980’s. I re­mem­ber that Toorak Vil­lage Mo­tor­cy­cles ap­peared to have the Deal­er­ship at the time that the Vic­to­ria Po­lice had some and saw a dis­man­tled en­gine in their work­shop. In­ter­nals looked beau­ti­ful! A com­ment was made that the ad­mirably thin valve seat width whilst ef­fi­cient was not so good for long ser­vice in­ter­vals.”

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