Suzuki T500 (1967-77)
People didn’t think a 500cc air-cooled two-stroke would run without seizing, but Suzuki proved them wrong. The T500 Cobra or Titan (depending on the market) not only failed to seize, but went like a rocket and proved astonishingly durable, thanks to Suzuki’s advanced two-stroke lube system, which delivered oil directly to the crank bearings as well as through the inlet tract. It did 110mph, though fuel consumption could dip to 30mpg. Today, it’s a common sight in classic racing, even powering sidecar outfits. Back in the day, someone even made water-cooled barrels for them, and Colin Seeley made frames. The later GT500 was detuned, but got electronic ignition and a muchneeded front disc brake, and a fuel tank robbed from the GT750 triple.
What you’ll pay now £2000-£3500 But should you? Yes, they’re bulletproof and huge fun.