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Suzuki T500 Titan 1975 Well what can you say, striking in it’s 70’s colour scheme! This is a real piece of two stroke motorcycling heritage and if you were looking to invest in your future motorcycling pleasure then look no further, these are rare and appreciating.

This motorcycle   runs as good as it should and rides as well as any early 70’s two stroke you will find, you can secure it for just..

           £7295Mail: andy@somersetclassicmotorcycles.co.uk?subject=T500 Titan

Suzuki T500 Titan


Background


The T500 was part of the wider T series which encompassed a range of bikes with twin cylinder air cooled two strokes. Eventually the T series gave way to the GT series with the earlier bikes now having a very serious following.


Piston-ported, the engines worked well and remained in production for a good number of years. Lubrication was provided by an oil injection system for bikes made after the mid-60s which avoided the need for pre-mixing two stroke oil. Braking on the 500 was upgraded from the smaller T bikes by using a larger twin-leading drum on the front brake.


For riders used to the chrome and black (and oil leaks) of British bikes of the time, the introduction of powerful yet reliable two strokes from Japan proved a revelation. As if to highlight the differences between these bikes and what went before, they were painted bright colours, many of which have become iconic and closely associated with the period.


Power was something approaching 50 bhp which was good for more than 100mph. Yet Suzuki were not just aiming for a rival to the Kawasaki triples, they were aiming for easy to ride and reliable bikes which would mean the ability to tour with them too. No two-strokes are exactly fuel efficient, but the Titan was as good as it got.


That said, Suzuki did have a race pedigree of course and riders like Barry Sheen would epitomise the racing two strokes which proved Suzuki could mix it with the best of them. Now a rare sight, Titans are enjoyable to see again and their sound track is also iconic with a muted growl instead of a screaming wail.


Future


T series bikes continue to be hugely popular with classic bike collectors. This is more so than the subsequent GT series bikes which followed them. Values remain strong and continue to rise. Good examples are rare and cherished.


The bike we have for sale runs sweetly and provides a great example of the breed. The paintwork has been left as this is in good condition and appropriate for the period. Chrome-work has been redone using triple plating methods (copper, nickel and chrome) and those of you who know about these things will be nodding with approval.


Fully serviced with everything sorted as it should be, this is a classic you can leave in the garage until the next sunny day temps you to take it out again.