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Memorable Motorcycles Suzuki T20

The Suzuki T20 vaulted the Japanese streetbike reputation upwards it was released in 1964.

The atmosphere in Hamamatsu design headquarters have been electric in The factory had already established a reputation for excellence with a of world championship wins and edge engineering. Sometimes were just a little too — as in the case of the ill fated Square Four — but was always pushing back the of two-… performance.

By contrast, the bikes were ordinary. yes, but state-of-the-art, certainly But it was the quiet before the storm. were about to launch one of the great motorcycles and nobody but insiders knew anything the project.

The man about to release the was Masanao Shimizu — the designer of Suzuki’s all-conquering Prix machines.

When the T20 (known as the X-6 in America) hit the it literally took the biking by storm. Technically, the 250cc was not a revolutionary motorcycle. Rather, it was the of the engineering package which everyone.

One of the key components of a great is the engine. The two-… T20 was blessed a reliable parallel-Twin, which automatic lubrication, helping the fueling convenience factor its four-… competitors.

For a start, the T20 was a beautiful bike. Glinting in the sun, hardened bikers shook with desire. The T20 as if it was doing 100 mph standing still. The red and chrome of the tank, front and oil tank sat exquisitely with the of the fenders and polished alloy of the

In looks it … the best of and Yamaha and made British look as if they were for retired Army officers. men in 1964 didn’t merely a T20, they positively for one.

Things only got better the T20’s engine was started. the motor took cues the German Adler two-… but what Suzuki did was to make the Twin work in a way which was new. The first thing T20 owners noticed is that the did in fact start first — every time. automatic lubrication meant of use, extreme engine and low smoke emissions.

This at a when European manufacturers expected purchasers of their to carry a bottle of two-… oil them — and then the correct pre-mix every they stopped at a gas station. for the first time ever, were as trouble-free as the four-…

The T20 was an easy bike to ride, a six-speed gearbox and forgiving, clutch. With an experienced at the controls, the Suzuki was an able for its 500cc challengers.

Once on the the T20 teetered wonderfully on the very of the performance-versus-practicality curve. That pushed the envelope so hard is made the bike special. managed to get the T20 to produce 29 bhp at 7,500 rpm and with stone-axe reliability.

Suzuki T20
Suzuki T20

figure needs putting in A Villiers engine of the same was lucky to manage half power, and only three before the launch of the T20 the factory GP were giving 28 bhp at 11,000 rpm and then only rarely and appalling reliability. The T20 was nothing of miraculous.

The six-speed gearbox was sweet, and with perfectly chosen which enabled the free-revving to be kept in the fat part of the powerband all the The clutch was equally user and capable of taking the most punishment. In fact, this was an which combined race-track with industry-leading reliability in an combination.

In the real world, than technical specification the T20 was a bike which could, sulkily, be trundled around at 2,000 rpm but would then up to a genuine 90 mph on the open road. In the hands, the bike … any bike on sale from or Japan.

Its handling was as good as the With a full duplex and powerful brakes, the T20 was a racer off the showroom floor and its successes legendary in production and endurance In fact, the T20 was so good that it spawned the TR250 GP racer a very close relative of the bike.

An all around hit for Suzuki, the T20 achieved its success in America, where it was the X-6.

If the bike was a success in the showroom and track in Europe, it was to an even greater impact in Here the X-6 changed the face of the buying public. The new Suzuki was attractive and easy to ride, and you didn’t need a Harley or a big bike to be cool and have

Back in Japan, Suzuki’s factory churned out 5,000 a month and in doing so laid the for Suzuki’s future commercial

Today, the T20 is just as much fun as it was — and still looks as as it did 40 years ago. Blip the and watch the tach needle round to 7,000rpm and it’s to the Beach Boys, shoulder-length and fun, fun, fun ’til daddy takes the Suz keys — and makes you get on with homework.

Suzuki T20
Suzuki T20
Suzuki T20
Suzuki T20
Suzuki T20
Suzuki T20

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