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Check Out This Seven Cylinder Two Stroke Kawasaki: The KH606!

“You can’t have too many cylinders” said the inventor of the Kawasaki KH606 (probably)

Kawasaki KH606

Surely this seven-cylinder two-stroke Kawasaki is the best motorcycle ever made? If it’s not the best, it certainly is the most bizarre thing you’re likely to see on two wheels. Well, that’s not strictly true. We’ve seen weirder, but as fun as a 48 cylinder motorcycle sounds, a seven-cylinder Kawasaki two-stroke is infinitely the more attractive of the two prospects. I introduce to you the Kawasaki KH606!

Thanks to modern emissions laws, it’s a pretty rare occurrence to see a two-stroke in any configuration, and if you do, it’s more than likely going to be a single-cylinder dirt bike contraption. Twin-cylinder two-strokes? They exist, but man, they’re rarer than rocking horse shit to see out and about. And that’s what makes this bizarre Kawasaki so crazy impressive. She’s a two-stroke, boasting a grand total of seven cylinders. It goes by the name of the Kawasaki KH606, and imagine giving that an accidental twist of the throttle at just the wrong moment – that front wheel’s going to be freakin’ airborne. Seven two-stroke cylinders are going to produce one hell of a ride…if you’ve got the balls to take it for a spin, that is.

The Seven Cylinder Two Stroke Kawasaki KH606

Unfortunately, whoever shot the original video didn’t have the courage to ask the owner to fire it up so we could have a listen at the two-stroke symphony that would’ve been thundered out of that engine. It probably doesn’t get started up too often though. Imagine the kind of maintenance that you’d have to run on one of these?

More importantly, whose idea was it to build the thing in the first place? Whoever it is, we’d love to ask them why they decided to settle on seven cylinders. It seems like six would’ve been more than enough, surely? Either way, we’re glad they opted for seven – because this a mechanical masterpiece.









About Joe Appleton

Joe is a motorcycle industry veteran who has not only been paid for his words on the industry but also to throw a leg over a bike on the track. Besides riding, and occasionally crashing motorcycles, he also likes to build up older bikes in his garage in Germany. He says; "I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…" We like Joe's educated opinion and hope you do too.