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1973 Kawasaki W3 Roadster 650 For Sale by Auction

The first big four-stroke to be badged as a Kawasaki, the 500cc twin-cylinder K2 appeared in March 1965, having previously been built by Meguro as the K1, and was a close copy of the BSA A7. In October of that year it was joined by a 650 version: the W1, which again followed BSA practice apart from the use of needle-roller big-end bearings instead of the British machines shell type. More powerful W1SS and W2SS street scrambler variants were introduced, followed by the W2TT Commander in 1968, this models distinguishing feature being twin high-level exhaust pipes on the left side. By this time something of an anachronism, Kawasaki having decided that high-performance two-strokes were the way forward, the W series ran on into the early 1970s, latterly in Japan only as the Roadster 650 (or W3), and was last produced in 1975. Today these early Kawasaki four-strokes are among the most collectible of classic Japanese motorcycles. This restored W3 was purchased by the current vendor in 2016 (bill of sale on file) and currently displays a total of 64,673 kilometres on the odometer. Offered in need of re-commissioning, or possibly more extensive renovation, the machine is sold strictly as viewed (the engine turns and the brightwork would respond well to detailing). Accompanying documentation consists of DVLA correspondence and Form V55/5.

This motorcycle is to be auctioned at our Live and Online Winter Sale, Hanger 113, Bicester Heritage, OX26 5HA.


Friday 11 December
Spares & Memorabilia (Lot 1 - 112) 9am
The National Motorcycle Museum Reserve Collection (Lots 201 – 252) 11am

Saturday 12 December
Motorcycles (Day 2) (Lots 501 – 708) 10am

In light of the current government guidelines and relaxed measures we are delighted to welcome viewing, strictly by appointment. All the lots will be on view at Bicester Heritage in our traditional Hangar 113. We will ensure social distancing measures are in place, with gloves and sanitiser available for clients wishing to view motorcycle history files.

Please contact Bonhams Motorcycles by clicking 'Message the seller' with your preferred date, time and vehicle registration number to book an appointment.

Wednesday 9 December 9am to 5pm
Thursday 10 December 9am to 5pm
Friday 11 December 9am to 5pm (Lots 501 – 708 only)


Please note that whilst public viewing is available by appointment, the auction itself will be conducted from a remote saleroom, behind closed doors without public access, in accordance with the current government guidelines. All bidding will be conducted via Online, Telephone and Absentee Bidding. Please contact our Bids Department to register using the 'Message the seller' button.


Motorcycle lots must be cleared from the sale venue by 2pm Sunday 13 December 2020. Limited collection is available until 2pm Monday 14 December, by appointment only. If collecting Monday, please access Bicester Heritage via the 'Main Gate', Buckingham Road, OX26 5HA. Please email us using the 'Message the seller' button with your collection or transport instructions as soon as possible following your successful bid. Failure to instruct Bonhams by the given time will result in your vehicle being uplifted to store at your expense, as detailed in the Conditions of Sale. Buyers should satisfy themselves that they have collected all relevant log books, documents and keys relating to their Lot(s) at time of collection.


Hangar 113
Bicester Heritage
Buckingham Road
OX26 5HA
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