Memorable Motorcycles Suzuki TS250 — Motorcycle USA

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Thirty years ago the user Suzuki TS250 debuted the burgeoning European long off-road racing scene.

The was 1976. It was the best of times, it was the of times (sorry Mr. Dickens). The ’60s was but a memory.

Gerald had formally ended the Vietnam War a year earlier and everyone in just knew for certain no American could ever be in road racing.

Motorcycling was beyond recognition — and not because Californian Kenny was starting to look at the Western page of his school atlas and to figure out distances between GP

Colored leathers, slick and liquid-cooling were all the rage, and the sedate sport of long-distance racing was about to explode. In the very description for the world’s enduro showed its roots: The Six Days Trial.

The ISDT was a of reliability for the motorcycle and consistency for the Long-distance trials riders smooth, technically accomplished and to their machines. The central was to finish.

The speed and acceleration then sorted out the best of the — but getting the bike to the line was the major achievement.

ideas were predicated on the of European levels of reliability. a Greeves or MV Agusta to the finish of a trial deserved more a Gold Medal — a from the Humane Society of the States was more applicable.

in 1976, the new TS250, with it red gas and new components, was a winner with our right from the start.

the Japanese arrived. Boo, perfidious Orientals, sneaking up in the of night to assassinate the brave manufacturers. Except that the is different.

The Japanese made which were democratic. you didn’t need the manual and sensitivity of a brain surgeon to the clutch and gearbox through a off-road riding. Now, the aptitude of Leonard da Vinci an essential prerequisite to keep enduro bike running. even the most mechanically rider could go long off-road racing.

And we did.

So, as the winter of 1975 to an end, I found myself the world-renowned dirt bike of Eddie Crooks Motorcycles. had sponsored me in 1975 on Fantics. Italian screamers handled went well and looked

Unfortunately, their Minarelli could not stand up to the pace of and exploded with monotonous, and dangerous, regularity. After one near miss, where the locked up solid and I barely past a large pine — at over 60 mph — by the narrowest of margins — gave the bikes backed to and he looked to Suzuki for my next

The bike Eddie had for me to try was the brand new TS250. New engine, fork, gas tank. In fact, new everything!

It had a red petrol tank, black and looked as cheerful and optimistic a as I had ever seen. It also first kick — no Fantic tantrums — and purposeful. I rode up and down the alley behind Ed’s and that was it: I was sold.

The TS250 was beautifully balanced and just so right. It’s difficult to in any coherent way except to say that I instantly that it was a winner.

By way of a it is worth explaining just how big a was Eddie in the competition world. His had won Isle of Man TTs, he had sponsored Read and Barry Sheene others, and was an extremely high-class on and off road. Quality machinery poured out of his tiny workshop.

had also built up four experience of selling Suzuki TM so he knew exactly what was to make a dirt bike go In short, fate was about to me four Kings and an Ace.

The TS250’s durability enabled it to its own against its European rivals the grueling long-distance enduro

I was asked to come back the week when the Crooks’ had played around with the TS. In one week, the bike looked far like an enduro bike and a lot like a road machine nominally knobbled tires.

A amount of weight had been through junking the steel and heavy lights and replacing with plastic items. A Mikuni race carb was in place of the standard road and a free breathing silencer the power tremendously. In a way, was more interesting was what had not touched.

The front fork, and engine internals were all bog Suzuki — right to the Autolube oiling system.

For me, the was in the right place at the right I was riding motocross fairly but not doing very well, and was playing about with racing, grass track, racing and trials. Truly, a of all Trades and Master of None.

long-distances trials were in the of becoming enduros and much races than tests of riding ability.

The final of the jigsaw puzzle was that in enduros enjoyed an incredible of tolerance from the Police in and society as a whole. There lots of events using roads linked with sections and plenty of open where outright speed was important than the ability to snotty mudslots on trials Enduros were designed for me.

I had taken delivery of some red, white, and blue jeans, Slade blasted out t’Jane out on the workshop radio as I the TS250 and tucking my shoulder hair into my Griffin was a problem. Hey, the good were here!

Back in 1976 enduros got off easy in the law enforcement department. The performed well at events included more conventional surfaces.

In fact, it was difficult to just how good the good were. The TS250 was amazingly and ran quite easily with the Bultacos, and Montesas which all the rage. Best of all, the TS was stone-axe reliable.

Then we to the Welsh International Two-Day the Big Daddy of British enduros.

I on the same minute as Andy who had previously won the event on a works Andy, being the thoroughly bloke that he was, and is for that matter, agreed to me a tow. What this is that a fast rider ease off a little bit and allow a rider to follow him.

did all the hard work in terms of the optimum racing lines and I trotted after him like a puppy.

Andy was riding the 250 Montesa — he was their in the 500cc World Motocross — and surprisingly, the Suz could up with it, even with me In fact, right up to the end of the second day I was on for a Gold Medal but lost tow on the Strata Florida and parked the in a bog, something which never have happened had still been navigating for us Even so, I think I finished or 38th out of around 300 entrants not at all bad for a converted trail bike.

My was doing Eddie’s sales no end of and he sold literally hundreds of kits based on my bike, as was a stampede from riders who a cheap, competitive and, of all, reliable enduro which could be raced in and week out without laying a on it. Enduros were fun, and simply everyone was taking The good times really rolling.

The TS250 ran well against Montesas, KTMs, and Bultacos it was against.

Fast forward to and I am propping up the counter in Road and Motorcycle’s shop, drinking coffee and gossiping about the and Bikes We Have Known RR’s boss, Roger Joining in the conversation was Nigel one of Roger’s customers, who had just an original Suzuki TS 250 identical to the which formed the basis of the bike. Would I like a just for old time’s sake?

Suzuki TS 250
Suzuki TS 250

these days there’s no a problem with shoulder hair — or much at all for that matter — and my jeans are synthetic instead of goatskin. Worst of all, fat, bald, old wrinklies along with Slade Everything has moved on and 29 years is a time — and it’s ten years since I rode off-road.

What if I’ve everything I once knew? if I can’t even start the Suz let ride it?

At first, it seems my memory is playing tricks on me. with modern dirt the Suz seems to be tiny. There’s no suspension worth mentioning, the clearance is minimal and there is of empty room around the

Yet at the same time I can’t a smile. The deep red gas tank at me just as it did outside Eddie’s all those years ago, the engine sits squarely and in the frame and the TS does all but wag its tail at me. home.

Everything about the TS a smile to our correspondent’s face, splashing through the puddles.

I sit on the The saddle is low and it’s easy to the ground. The bike envelops the in a way which is a million miles the narrow saddle and athletic position of a modern dirt This is couch potato but very comforting nonetheless. no electric button on the TS but starting is not a

Flick on the choke and one good later the 250cc two-… is rattling away like the air-cooled motor that it is.

The of the engine — not the exhaust — and the trail of two-… from the exhaust remind me what a crude piece of the TS is in comparison with the high-tech available today. The TS comes from the time when you strip an engine at the side of the — and often did — and big improvements were easy to

Now it is time to stand up and be counted. I have kept my mouth and retained my memories of past Now is the time to find out.

gear engages effortlessly. I let the out tentatively, terrified that my might not do now what it once so effortlessly. Then, a remarkable happens.

Without any conscious my right hand opens the and the rear end steps out. My elbow dips and my right arm to push the ‘bars into lock and straighten out the slide.

I how this happened and who made my react instinctively. Then in to third and fourth and we’re along the old fire road at 60 mph the gravel hitting the bash and muddy water baking on the with an aroma better fresh bread coming out of Mom’s oven. There is a amount of suspension travel at front and rear, but the feedback the rider to know exactly is happening.

In the time of appalling it was essential to understand precisely was happening if you were to avoid a to hospital. The feeling is very in much the same way that a feels his horse beneath

Getting another chance the controls of an old favorite, Melling right back into the of things once he instinctively the old beauty out of a slide.

The same sense comes from the The TS is desperately, achingly slow with a modern dirt but it is entirely in keeping with the Nailed to the stop, the engine and rattles with enthusiasm and the TS and slides over the shale a sailboat in a storm.

The experience is imprecise — a mechanical galloping through the countryside the rider guiding its progress than the clinical precision over his machine by the modern bike racer.

I pitch the TS a fast right-hander and the back end out and the tire scrabbles for grip. my hair has grown again and are blasting out real rock and my is tight with hard and I’m running clean on and my pit crew is smiling as I come the check.

Life was wonderful if I never ride another bike again, my heartfelt to Nigel for the loan of his time-warping TS and to controls our destiny for allowing me to be and fit — and a dirt bike during one of the golden ages of

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