All T-series engines used piston-ported, air-cooled, two-stroketwo-cylinder engines. Lubrication was provided via premix or automatic oil injection depending on the year and model. All models through the model year were of the premix type while all models from onwards used automatic oil injection.
Most models had six-speed gearboxes, enabling the factory tuner to raise engine speed with the consequent narrowing of the power band. During the s, Suzuki showed that it was serious about staying at the forefront of the motorcycle business.
Suzuki T500: history, specs, pictures
The "Cobra" model name was dropped at the end of the first year of production, apparently after Suzuki received a letter from the Ford Motor Company's legal department.
Ford at that time had an agreement to market the Shelby Mustang "Cobra" automobile so they took offense at Suzuki's use of the name. From that time on, the T was known as the "Titan" in all markets until the model year.
Inthe Titan was given a facelift and gained a single disc front brake. The "Titan" name was dropped and the designation became, simply, GT for both the and model years. At the end of the model year, the was dropped from Suzuki's model line after a production run of ten model years and well overexamples produced. In Australasia the T Rebel developed legendary status after the triumph of racer Joe Eastmure over much larger super bikes in both the and 6 hour race at Amaroo, Australia.
The T was a popular, cheap and robust commuter in New Zealand. During the oil shock and recession, large numbers of Japanese home market Wolf models were imported into New Zealand and underpriced the normal export model.
The key differences were a less well finished petrol tank which had a narrow raised seam running along the centre top and black painted exhaust instead of all chrome. Most of those imported were the high pipe street scrambler style.
A T90 model was also imported. It did not have a tachometer. Unlike theand models the and 90 had cast iron barrels with aluminium heads angled well forward into the slip stream to lower engine temperature. Suzuki also produced some of these models in a "high pipe" or "street scrambler" version. These models were sometimes prefixed as "TC".
Specific TC models included:. The TC models listed above had nothing in common with the later off-road models that Suzuki built under the same TC model designation. Those later bikes were all single-cylinder machines with dual range transmissions and proper knobby-type off-road tires. The T was produced in both high and low pipes -both using the same model number T From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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We bought parts from other T fans, as well as eBay, and I painted it at my friend's shop. I decided not to keep it all original, so I put on drag bars with a small billet mirror. I also used smaller turn signals.
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There are three of us who ride Ts together and we have a blast on our smokie two-strokes, turning heads. Review Date: 12th September, Yes, you don't see many Titans around anymore. A cc 2 stroke twin must be a great deal of fun. The old Yamaha RD's are my favorites currently restoring a '75 RD - had a '75 RD back in '75but Suzuki made a lot of nice 2 strokes back in the late 60's thru the 70's.
Weren't those 2 stroke triples cool!!! I also like the little GT as well as the GT twins. My XJ will probably spend more time in my garage next summer, while I buzz around on the little with the exception of longer rides of course! General Comments: This bike is unique from its sound to its construction. Comment on this review. Actions Fix the spelling and grammar Delete this review. I like the old 2 strokes, as well. Reply to this comment. Actions Fix the spelling and grammar Delete this comment.
View 18 more comments. View all Suzuki Reviews Write a Review.Make Suzuki. A fully custom one-off cafe racer done in period style. Every nut, bolt, gasket, bushing, piece of metal on this bike has been replaced, restored or refurbished.
If there are questions, ask. Bike featured on numerous famous sites and blogs- e-mail for links. Bike started off as a Suzuki T Titan 2 stroke twin. The donor had miles. Clear title Engine completely rebuilt. Engine cases vapor blasted and side covers were polished to mirror finish. New clutch installed. Oil injection pump rebuilt with NOS oil lines cost a fortune.
All new cables, modern bearings wheels, steering stem, swingarm. XS dent-free tank sourced. Lined with Caswell the gold standard for tank sealers.
New Petcocks, NOS fuel cap. Seat is aluminum TIG welded with black tuck and roll upholstery pan that is removable. Custom made two stroke oil tank under seat with high quality fittings.
Expansion Chambers exhaust from Higgspeed UK, custom made. Bespoke Rearsets from Titan performance in UK - polished stainless steel. Electronical system wired from scratch for reliable, trouble free bike. Includes new regulator, permanent magnet rotor, alternator setup, high performance coils and wires.
This produces a fat, consistent spark. Alternator kicks out enough juice to power all lights without the use of a battery. Capacitor installed to smooth out voltage, but again, this bike does not use or need a battery!
All new switches for kill, headlight, turn signals. A trick rear light setup called X-arc duo. These super tiny, billet aluminum lights look like the smallest turn signal you have seen. Have dual color LED lights- function as Running, stop lights redturn signals amber - all in one.But soon after Suzuki unveiled its Cobra, the naysayers not only shut up, but quickly began singing its praises.
The bike became a consistently outstanding performer both on the street and on the track. Of course, getting there was another story. Degner above gave Suzuki its first world title.
Thanks to Degner, Suzuki developed a cc machine known as the X6 Hustler. It was a great bike that developed a solid reputation for speed and dependability. Less than two years later, they developed the T, using the Hustler as the starting point. Based on my own riding impressions, I think it was the better bike.
Still, Suzuki had problems. One of the biggest was buyer perception, which associated two-strokes with high rpm and high maintenance. This one was different, though. First, it was fairly heavy, due in part to a crank over-engineered to prevent failure. It also was a large bike overall, as big or even bigger than the Brit s.
But bulletproof is what it soon enough became: Renamed Titanit developed a rep as an eminently reliable bike.
However, the Suzuki was a totally different animal than the Kawasaki, one much more suited to general cruising and touring. Although mileage reports vary greatly, the consensus is that the second-year change in the piston port design greatly improved fuel economy. In fact, you had to really flog it to drop below 40 mpg. This cc two-stroke bike weighed eight pounds more than the none-too svelte Honda, and was substantially longer and heavier than the classic Triumph You can guess what that meant on the street: It went faster with the extra power, but its eight-inch drums stopped slower than the disc-brake equipped Honda.
Suzuki constantly found the T being judged against the Honda Overall, it was competitive with the These contests always compared motorcycles across displacement and price categories, and the Titan was always in the running. Suzuki pioneered the big two-stroke, but Kawasaki got the glory for going bigger and badder with their two-stroke triples.
The Kawasakis acted like the two-strokes they were, with a peaky power band and the thirst of a Samurai.The Suzuki T was a twin, two-stroke motorcycle produced by Suzuki between and Max torque was Claimed horsepower was When the Suzuki T was unveiled inthe experts hedged their bets.
While it was along with the 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? Certainly, if the T wasn't the first large capacity two-stroke -there had been a 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 T to establish itself as a genuinely sporty bike beneath its excessively sober raiment.
Suzuki had been particularly careful to set the engine well forward in the frame to limit the chances of doing wheelies when accelerating; the long-wheelbase gave the T 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 T even enjoyed a certain amount of success: it finished second at the Daytona in and --above all-- became World Championship runner-up in The Tbeing the bike that couldn't be built, was a sensation in A big two-stroke that ran faultlessly, didn't foul plugs, performed like a cc four stroke, but was light and cheap to buy.
It had strange handling, the thirst of a cane-cutter and by today's standards woeful brakes. It looked kinda dumpy too, in typical 60's Japanese style, with a velour seat, a short wheelbase and a watermelon shaped petrol tank. One of the features we feel Suzuki has done an outstanding job on is the gearbox.
Except perhaps for one thing. When downshifting, every time we would miss low gear. The transmission insisted on shifting into neutral and not go into low. The engine was a air cooled twin, two-stroke. Fuel was supplied via a port control.Cobras are quick, venomous snakes, renowned for striking fast and for striking fear in the heart of anyone unlucky enough to cross their path.
In Greek mythology, the Titans were the children of Uranus and Gaea, supreme rulers of the universe until Zeus came along and took over. Largely overlooked today, the T was a unique proposition when Suzuki rolled it out to an increasingly power-hungry market in Ineveryone knew the only good parallel twins came out of England.
And four-stroke engines powered all of these. Two-strokes, the conventional thinking went, were noisy, smelly and high-strung. Originally marketed as the Cobra, the first Ts garnered more fame for their extreme thirst for fuel than for their obvious merits: clean lines, good handling and, unlike most two-strokes, a smooth at least at low rpms low-revving engine.
Early Japanese bikes were — and are — often faulted for their mediocre handling, but from the beginning the T drew praise for its good road manners, and was a winner on the track as well as the street. A T won the cc class at the Isle of Man in and Engine porting aside, Suzuki changed very little on the T during its seven year run. The gas tank and seat changed forbut after that changes were limited to color options and minor upgrades in switchgear and hardware.
When Suzuki stopped selling the bike init was hard to tell a new T from a five-year-old model. And I had no experience at all with tuning carbs and setting timing. Within a month the T was running, but getting the bike to the shape shown here has taken the better part of two years. In the end, the T failed to inflict much damage on its competition, proving neither particularly venomous nor threatening. But it was, and is, a competent and reliable motorcycle, displaying excellent road manners and capable of running two-up for miles on end.
Coming in toward the end of the U. Although it gained a few pounds over the RD, the is still the lightest of this trio. That, and the RD is arguably the best handling bike of the bunch.
With 60hp on tap it was much faster than the T — or anything else on the road for that matter. Prices are reasonable, although parts can be expensive and hard to find.
I had one a tm in blue, one year and kms two major single vehicle accidents hey I was only 19, the thing was amazing, once ran a tank of fuel out in ks, top speed on a private road kph indicated. It had two hinges in the frame, one where the swing arm mounted and one at the headstock the frame was elastic! Traded it in on a GS and never looked back. BUT if I found one in reasonably original condition would I buy it st yeah!
The T was also made in It was called the Gt The only difference was a front disc. I think the tank might also have had a slight change to it but not sure. Sure miss my ' Join us for guided rides, a swap meet, bike shows, mechanical workshops, woods races, social events, and more! Motorcycle Classics is America's premier magazine for collectors and enthusiasts, dreamers and restorers, newcomers and life long motorheads who love the sound and the beauty of classic bikes.
Suzuki T Best bets on tomorrow's classics.A long-standing racer in Grand Prix, de Puniet has amassed MotoGP race starts and five cc GP race wins during his 15 years on the world stage so far. There had been some speculation about a return considering that will be the year of new ECUs and a switch to Michelin spec tires, but team boss Davide Brivio confirmed the GSX-RR prototype will be in action next year, piloted by Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales.
However, Suzuki will also make a wildcard appearance at the season ending round of the championship at Valencia with test rider, Randy DePuniet, at the helm.
See the full press release from Bonhams below. However, at the season finale LeMans hour race, the team turned their fortunes around.
Read the full press release below for details. Yes, motorcycles participate in this classic race, but the course configuration is entirely different from what the car guys use. See the full press release below and the conditions SERT needs to claim its 14th title. What follows is the official Pirelli press release. Suzuki T Motorcycles. Thank you.SUZUKI GT 750 3 cyl 2-stroke Cold start !!
This is a very nice T Titan 2stroke twin with just 8, miles. I am selling for a friend who purchased from original owner. After sitting for 30 plus years he opted to bore 10 over and install new pistons and rings. Here is a Suzuki Titan that we purchased from the original owner with 14, miles. The bike had been last ridden in and was in storage since.
We completely disassembled the bike to go through the engine and transmission and to inspect everything possible - cylinders were cleaned up internals looked very good and heads were ported and polished. Frame was not repainted nor were the shiny bits re-chromed as it cleaned up very nicely but still shows some patina. Pair of scare, early Suzuki T Titans.
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