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Suzuki D2-492-30-08
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Capacity : 90 & 125
Model : T Wolf & Flying Leopard
Production : 1969 - 1973
Category : (R) Street Bike
   

SUZUKI

T90 Wolf / T125 Flying leopard - 1969

A magnificent mistake

All things considered, very few motorcycles appear that create a radically different style. On that ground alone, the Suzuki T90/T125 deserve their own niche in history.

Original Styling

Launched in Japan in 1969, in 90 and 125cc versions, these Suzukis stood out from all the existing models by their styling and the concept. The T90 had the distinction of being the only twin in its category. The T90 and T125 were long, lean and well-proportioned. It had unit-construction engines whose cylinder fins were echoed by grooving on the

crankcase, high-level exhausts and razoredged fuel-tanks whose lines were prolonged into the dual seat. The whole flow of the lines was angular, horizontal, giving the T90/T125 a great sense of movement. It was one of the most original styles ever created in Japan.

Between Two Stools

However handsome the Suzukis may have been, the T90/T125 series made the error of not following the trends of the moment. The vogue for street scramblers with touring engines and raised exhausts was being replaced by sporting roadsters on more conventional lines or phony trails bikes with single-cylinder engines and better off-road manners. The public preferred the YAS Yamaha - the marque's best twin-cylinder in this category, with at least 1.2 more horsepower from the same-size engine, or Yamaha's AT1, first single of a famous line. The T90 Wolf and T125 Flying Leopard remained in production until 1973.

SPECIFICATIONS

Engine: 89cc (38x37mm)/ 124cc (43x43mm) air -cooled twin-cylinder

Power Rating: 10.5 hp @ 9000 rpm/15 hp @ 8500 rpm ·

Valves: two-stroke; ports controlled by piston Skirt

Fuel System: twin carburetor

Transmission: 5-speed, chain fmal drive

Suspension: telescopic forks (front); swing arm with twin spring/ dampers (rear)

Brakes: drum (front & rear)

Wheels: 18 inch wire (front & rear)

Weight: 216 lb/243 lb

Maximum Speed: 68/81 mph

 

The Wolf and Flying Leopard had truly original styling; this pre-production Wolf T90 has a little plastic bug-deflector screen above the headlamp.


Motorcycle encyclopedia Moto Passion, realised by François-Marie Dumas, include almost 2000 photos presented with an exhaustive history of the motorcycles exhibited.

This unique collection has been realised with the participation of many specialists. With many thanks in particular to Yves Campion, Michael Dregni, Didier Ganneau, Jean Goyard, Helmut Krackowizer, Michel Montange, Christian Rey, Bernard Salvat, Mick Woollett, etc

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