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Capacity : 500
Model : T & GT
Production : 1967 - 1977
Category : (R) Street Bike


T500 -1968

The first big modern two-stroke

When the T500 was unveiled in 1967, the experts hedged their bets. While it was - along with the 650 Kawasaki W1- the most powerful Japanese production bike, it was also a two-stroke. Could it swallow all that power? What would be its consumption of gas, oil and spark plugs? Most importantly, would such a machine prove reliable?

Saved by Careful Design

Certainly, if the T500 wasn't the first large capacity two-stroke - there had been a 650 Scott previously- it was the first to flirt with such levels of performance. Attention was given to cooling, with the exhaust pipes splayed outwards to allow cool air to play directly on to the cylinders, and the importance accorded to lubrication (with a more highly developed pressure lubrication system than that of Yamaha) allowed the T500 to establish itself as a genuinely sporty bike beneath its excessively sober raiment.

The Long-Legged Look

Suzuki had been particularly careful to set the engine well fotward in the frame to limit the chances of doing wheelies when acceleraling; the long-wheelbase gave the T500 a particularly appealing look. After a natural period of mistrust, the career of the big Suzuki two-stroke really took off – until the arrival of even more spectacular competitors. Despite its conservative bottom-end design, the T500 even enjoyed a certain amount of success: it finished second at Daytona in 1969 and- above all - became

World Championship winner-up in 1971.


Engine: 493cc (70x64mm) air-cooled twincylinder

Power Rating: 47 hp @ 6500 rpm

Valves: two-stroke

Fuel System: two 34mm carburetors

Transmission: 5-speed, chain final drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swing arm (rear)

Brakes: two leading-shoe 7.9 inch drum (front& rear)

Wheels: 3.25x19 inch (front); 4.00x18 inch (rear)

Weight: 425 lb

Maximum Speed: 112 mph


A straightforward, reliable high-performer, the T500 Suzuki is shown in its original1968 version


Le fichier Moto Passion réalisé par François-Marie Dumas réunit près de deux mille photos accompagnées d'un historique très complet des machines présentées.
Il sera progressivement mis à jour ici et toute information complémentaire est la bienvenue sur info@moto-collection.org.

Cette documentation unique, qui constitue sans doute l'encyclopédie la plus exhaustive jamais écrite sur l'histoire de la moto, a été réalisée avec l'assistance de nombreux spécialistes dont principalement Didier Ganneau, Christophe Gaime, Mick Woollett, Jean Goyard, Bernard Salvat, Christian Rey, Yves Campion, Helmut Krackowizer, Michael Dregni, Michel Montange, etc. que je remercie ici.

Disponible sur demande :
- Les fiches originales sur papier
- Les photos et archives signées de mon nom en haute définition ou les documents originaux.
Me contacter sur info@moto-collection.org pour les conditions et droits d'utilisation.