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Found on eBay: 1972 Suzuki T500

by Landon Hall


Tags: Suzuki, T500,

T500 

This week's online browsing found us on eBay looking for something a little different, a little unusual. Something Under the Radar, you might say. That's when we remembered writing a piece on Suzuki's two-stroke T500 back in the September/October 2006 issue. After rereading the piece and doing a bit of  looking around, we came across a lovely restored T500 we just had to share with our readers.

This T500 has been completely restored, and when it was put back together, the seller installed Suzuki GT750 motor mount bushings a trick he heard about through a New Zealand website. The seller claims that this taken away about 90 percent of the vibration, leaving you with a very smooth-riding T500. All the rubber, including all the seals were replaced as a part of the restoration, along with new cables, paint, new piston rings, new clutch plates, and even new crankshaft seals.

To visit the auction for this gorgeous Suzuki, go here. To read more about Suzuki's T500, read our Under the Radar column on the T500 here. 

denis martyn
4/9/2009 11:08:08 AM

I have been thinking lately that it's about time I owned another two stroke. I sold my last one, a 1975 Yamaha DT400,in the early 90s. I have been thinking about another Kawasaki H1 or H2, but I've already had one of those. I bought an early example in 1969, and rode it for several years before selling it to buy a BSA Goldstar. I still have the Goldstar. I really enjoyed the way the Kawasaki performed. For a short while there I was king of the street, at least in a straight line, but the ownership experience was sometimes less than satisfying. I used to puzzle over the language in the workshop manual. It was written in English, but clearly not by a native speaker of English so it was sometime difficult to determine just what the sentences were supposed to mean. I was also appalled when I drained the factory oil out of the front end during scheduled maintenance, and discovered fish oil inside. The forks tracked much better, and the fron end felt much more secure when the fish oil was replaced with good quality fork oil. At any rate I have been thinking about possibly purchasing a Yamaha RD350/400, but they are physically a little small for me, even though the examples I've ridden over the years have been thoroughly enjoyable. So, it occurs to me that a Suzuki T500 might be a good choice. I think I'll go to eBay and take a look at this one. Thanks Richard Backus and Motorcycle Classics for the continuing trip down memory lane. I enjoy your articles, and wish you every success, although personally I find it a little bemusing that I remember as though it was last week or so the new model introductions of motorcycles that are now in your magazine listed as classics. I guess it's an indicator of my age (61) that I regard motorcycles from the 1920s and 30s as classics, while I think of motorcycles frtom the 70s and 80s as new. I realize that time marches on, and my reaction is just my reaction. It signifies more about me tha


gene mccalmont
4/9/2009 8:22:01 AM

In 1973, I had the pleasure of actually owning one of these machines, which was painted in an aqua blue/green sorta color. Not all that inspiring, it nonetheless had a characteristic intake howl at full throttle and low RPM, that absolutely sounded like a GP racer coming on the pipes. One trip to Austin Texas from San Marcos, I had forgotten to check the oil injector tank and ran out of oil about half way. The T500 shut down without damage and a friend pushed me with his foot all the way to Austin to buy more oil. He was a beast of a man and so was his 52 Harley. Thanks Paul.