Suzuki T500 (1967-77)

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Garage -

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.

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