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Kawasaki F21M 238cc – 1969

In 1968, Kawasaki joined Suzuki with a production off-road machine. Unlike the Suzuki TM250 that was targeted at motocross, the F21was designed for the smoother scrambles tracks of America. The color brochure said “Hit the Scrambles Trail on a Top-performer Built to Take it.

The actual displacement was 238cc and many riders just called the Kawi the 238. Possibly because of the displacement not being a full 250 like the European Bultaco’s and Ossa’s, and the Japanese Yamaha DT1, performance was sub-par and the Big Green Streak never took off. At the same time, Kawasaki made a 100cc Little Green Streak that flat flew and they flew off the dealer show rooms.

The engine was rotary valve inducted with a 4-speed transmission to distribute the 30 claimed horsepower. Weight was only 215 pounds.

This bike was restored by a Kawasaki enthusiast in the Bay Area to concours condition. Enjoy!

Images are property of The Early Years of Motocross Museum, ®2006