1971 Model

Bodywork Tank- Flat "slab" sides. Central petcock. Gas cap not attached to tank. Mounts to frame by two braces on the bottom front and the back mount.
Side cover- Peculiar shape, has decal with "500" against blue-white background, both side..
Oil Tank- Doubles as RH side cover. Cap accessible on outside. Level check by sight tube in back.
Decals/Logos Large decals on top and sides of gas tank, sides of oil tank and side cover. Blue stripes and fading gray to blue scheme, with distinctive lettering. Oil tank and side cover have identical decals..
Paint Candy Blue
Seat No key latch, plain cover, has "Kawasaki" logo in white on back.
Electrical System Turn Signals- were an optional accessory.
"High cover" on distributor housing.
Ignition Distributor CDI
Motor Top End  
Motor Bottom End Clutch has sheet metal pressure plate, unconventional (none down five up) shifting pattern.
Wheels/Tires/Brakes Stainless steel fenders.
Instruments Separate, mounted on a plate. White letters and black backgrounds.
Switches Aluminum housings. Choke is located on Rt. grip, has to be held down.
Steering Damper Friction type, fits in steering head
Cables Grey color, some later ones may be black.
Miscellaneous Chrome plated chain guard.