Suzuki Stinger: 15 Horsepower of Fun, Painted Green

A Vintage Motorcycle Days swap meet find, this Suzuki Stinger was restored and is now back on the road.

| September/October 2012

  • Suzuki Stinger
    The distinctive dual exhaust, something Suzuki called a “power pipe,” sets the overall tone of the Suzuki Stinger: racy.
    Photo by Rick Schunk
  • Suzuki Stinger Ad
    A Suzuki advertisement shows a 1969 T-125 Stinger, which only came to the U.S. in red and featured black exhaust tips.
    Photo by Rick Schunk
  • 2 Stroke Parallel Twin
    The 124cc 2-stroke parallel twin is good for a claimed 15 horsepower.
    Photo by Rick Schunk
  • Suzuki Stinger Back
    Chip Miller bought this T-125 II Stinger at the Mid-Ohio swap meet, after he and his friend helped the previous owners get the bike started.
    Photo by Rick Schunk
  • Suzuki Stinger Front
    The Stinger may be considered a “tiddler” today, but its small size and light weight make it a hoot to ride around town.
    Photo by Rick Schunk
  • Stinger Exhaust Pipe
    The black exhaust with chrome tips is very 1970s, and we love it.
    Photo by Rick Schunk
  • Suzuki Stinger Speedometer
    The 1970 Suzuki T125 II Stinger was called the Wolf in Japan and the Flying Leopard in Australia and France.
    Photo by Rick Schunk
  • Suzuki Stinger Side
    After completing the restoration, Chip took the Stinger back to Mid-Ohio where he used the machine to commute between his hotel and the swap meet.
    Photo by Rick Schunk

  • Suzuki Stinger
  • Suzuki Stinger Ad
  • 2 Stroke Parallel Twin
  • Suzuki Stinger Back
  • Suzuki Stinger Front
  • Stinger Exhaust Pipe
  • Suzuki Stinger Speedometer
  • Suzuki Stinger Side

1970 Suzuki T125 II Stinger
Claimed power: 15hp @ 8,500rpm
Top speed: 70-75mph (observed)
Engine: 124cc air-cooled 2-stroke parallel twin, 43mm x 43mm bore and stroke, 7.3:1 compression ratio
Weight (dry): 227lb (103 kg)
Fuel capacity: 2.1gal (8ltr)
Price then/now: $474/$500-$4,000

Discovered amongst hundreds of other bikes in the huge swap meet at Vintage Motorcycle Days, this rare little Suzuki Stinger stung both the buyer and the seller.

Suzuki collector Chip Miller and friend Mike Crane spotted the Stinger in the swap meet area, with a Sharpie-marker sign on the seat that read “For Sale — $600.” After talking to the owners, they learned the little Suzuki refused to run.

The conversation went something like this.



Chip: “Did you time it?”

Sellers: “Yeah.”

Jerome
5/19/2014 12:23:40 PM

Thanks for posting this great article. I have the 1971 green version of this bike. I rode it for a few years during university (Vancouver) and have been hanging onto it for the last 25 years knowing that its something special but not really knowing more about it than that. Jerome




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