Suzuki T20 Super Six Classic Superbike

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Suzuki T20 Super Six Classic

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This was the machine first put the writing on the wall for the motorcycle industry. In 1966, Suzuki’s ‘Super Six’ was multi-cylindered Oriental behemoths still but a distant dream. Yet if CB750 was to be dubbed the first the little Suzuki was the first to reveal the awesome potential of the Japanese giants. During its six months on sale, over a Super Sixes were in the UK alone.

More ominously in December 1966 it became the Oriental motorcycle to be voted of the Year’ by readers of MotorCycle One year later it retained the The attraction, of course, lay in the numbers.

The ‘six’ that were were gears, an unprecedented for a roadster. (They were an insult В two years Royal Enfield’s first 250 sports bike was named the Five.) Then there was the top speed alleged in T20 marketing

The Super Six was capable of nothing that in neutral conditions, of But even a genuine 90mph was to shame many a 500, and see off any European 250 foolish enough to chase. Also unprecedented was level of technical sophistication, and reliability В in a truly package at an affordable price. introduced, the machine cost than ВЈ2 more than the but much slower, Enfield GT.

To fully appreciate a Super however, you need to strip it. the engine, lift off the bottom half (the cases horizontally, unlike Suzuki’s 250, the T10) and a design of elegance lies before There are three main crank, lay and mainshaft, with a train of gears driving the novel Posi-Force oil pump dispensed with the messy job of oil and fuel).

The crank runs on three bearings, the outer two being directly by the oil pump, the centre one by oil. One piece steel rods run on the pressed-up crank, roller big ends receiving oil the outer mains. Small are needle roller, supporting two ring pistons with a dome. Primary drive is by

Each cylinder has its own head and barrel, the latter sporting 54x54mm dimensions.

Parting was by modern standards, with the port bridged to give the rings an easier life. It was an seminal design, barely in principle from racing of 20 years later. It was light reliable, and started easily.

Suzuki T20

But most of all, although the 29bhp is optimistic it was fast. The T20 was in its time as a good handler, damping ‘superior to any [other) machine’. In truth, the suspension was and the brakes no better than

It has a general air of flimsiness which was overcome with the introduction of the sturdier T250 Hustler in

Not surprisingly Super Sixes their way onto the tracks in numbers, both in standard and as the ‘kitted’ TR250. On a good day the was a match for Yamaha’s contemporary As well as race wins in the ’67 Manx Grand — modified Eddie T20s broke world over six hours, 1000km, 12 and 24 hours (the latter in ‘350’ form, at 91.055mph).

They were even for off road competition.

Thirty on, the Super Six inevitably feels Its power is around half of a modern sports 250, and the and cycle parts come a different planet. Yet despite it was a revelation in its day and has an unmistakable feel of about it.

And, above all, it set in a revolution that is still races today. With the Six, less truly was

Suzuki T20

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