A Suzuki X6 Hustler from the Past


Cam’s finished Suzuki X6 hustler.

Reading the latest Motorcycle Classics you asked about significant bikes from our past. Here’s a story about my X6 Hustler. 

I was 17 and my mother remarried. My stepfather was a lead hand with Air Canada and we moved to Montreal. I went from a hick in the sticks to Expo ’67 and a whole new world. I bought a 1968 X6 Hustler new for $800. I rode the wheels off of that machine all over the West Island of Montreal. I got a part-time job at a Suzuki dealer and stupidly bought a new T250. It was not a patch on the X6 but a hard lesson learned. 

Fifty-plus years later, I bought two carcasses that were destined for the landfill and poured my heart and soul into the project. This was to be the bike to recreate my wild youth. The frame was media blasted and powder coated along with all of the other black parts. The top end was re-bored with new pistons and rings. Not one single detail was overlooked. When I got the main carcass, the guy had paid for an extremely crappy red paint job. My ’68 was blue and that is what this one was going to be. My paint guy looked at the article on the X6 in Motorcycle Classics and said “IROC blue and my wife’s Lexus’ silver.” Fine by me.

The two X6 carcasses packed into a trailer.

When all was ready I switched on the ignition, seeing that familiar green neutral light and kicked it over. I put the choke on and it fired right up. I was 18 again on the lakeshore in Montreal.

1/21/2021 8:06:38 PM

My older brother bought a brand new 1966 X-6 Hustler in Edmonton for $600 I think at the time. Fortunately for me two years later he lost interest in motorcycles getting into sport car rallying so I was able to get the X-6, a huge upgrade after my Yamaha 80 and Suzuki 150 twin. At 16 years of age, you could get a motorcycle license in Edmonton at 14, I felt I could leave behind any car or bike under 650cc. Oh the memories, 54 years later and still riding I would love to swing a leg over an X-6 Hustler, my first significant motorcycle, listen to the ring-a-ding and take it for a ride.

1/21/2021 5:11:10 PM

One day a guy with anx6 came around to our street in Pointe Claire to show off his new bike. At the time i had my first car, a $300 Triumph TR 3. He said his bike would do zero to 60 in 6 seconds. We thought that was ridiculous, the TR probably needed 12 seconds for that. To prove it he roared up the street like a scalded cat. Suddenly I was interested in motorcycles. A year later I bought my first Bultaco Metralla. I have never been without a motorcycle since then. That was 1968, I believe, on the corner of Maitland and Donegani.

12/17/2020 9:38:22 PM

I think it was in 1967 or 1968 I was living in Port Moresby Then Territory of Papua New Guinea. I had borrowed a Suzuki Hustler off a friend because my Triumph Bonneville was in for repairs. I was riding home quickly and came over a rise in the road and there before me was a policeman directing me to stop. I went through the gears and had the brakes on the tacho went into the redline and I thought the bike was going to explode all the noise it made but it stopped OK..Victor Terry

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