Motorcycle Classics

1972 Suzuki T500

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1972 Suzuki T500

Country: Japan
Engine: Air-cooled parallel twin two-stroke
Power Rating: 47hp 7,000rpm
Bore x Stroke: 70 x 64mm
Displacement: 492cc
Fuel System: Two Mikuni 32mm carburetors
Transmission: Five speed
Suspension: Front telescopic forks, rear twin shocks
Brakes: Drum front and rear
Weight: 425lbs.
Top Speed: 106mph.

When Suzuki introduced the 500cc 2-stroke in 1970 there were doubts that such a design could survive hard use. But the T500 was strong and reliable with a modified version being the first two-stroke to win an AMA National Road Race. This machine has been re-painted, but the chrome and hardware is all original.

  • Published on Feb 8, 2012
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