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Lot 214 - 1971 Suzuki T500 Titan

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ESTIMATE £45,400 - £5,500-

Auction Blenheim Palace July 2015
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Lot Number 214
Reg. Number Italian Documents
Chassis Number 35621
Year 1971
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Suzuki’s 500cc parallel twin two-stroke was in production for almost a decade from 1967, with over 100,000 examples built. Riding one reveals why they were so popular, even in an age when Suzuki themselves built the rather more exciting 550cc triple strokers and while all around them four-strokes were taking over the whole world.

Known for a short while as the Cobra and then later as the Titan, the T500 proved to be a reliable, practical two-stroke which packaged the performance of a much bigger machine into compact dimensions of a middleweight.

The T500 motor was built in unit with its five-speed constant mesh gearbox, then housed in a duplex loop frame with twin shocks. It took a couple of adjustments to the chassis to exorcise initial handling gremlins, while the 2LS drum front brake was and is barely adequate and prone to fading with prolonged use. Gear action was positive but heavy, and neutral can be hard to find when stationary. Suzuki’s positive feed oil system proved to be rather more efficient than those incorporated into the T500’s Kawasaki and Yamaha contemporaries. So the T500’s lubrication, often a two-stroke weakness in earlier times, is not marginal at all, and modern two-stroke oils are fine pieces of engineering in themselves.

This Suzuki 500 Titan was delivered new in Italy on 26th of March 1971. It has covered a mere 3,378 kilometres since new. This bike is unrestored and is offered in original condition. It has been part of an Italian motorcycle collection for the last ten years and comes with Italian paperwork and ASI certification.

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