Suzuki T500 Titan — Classic Japanese Motorcycles — Motorcycle Classics

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Suzuki T500

Years produced:  1968-1976

power:  47hp @ 7,000rpm

Top  105mph (observed)

Engine  492cc 2-… air-cooled parallel

Weight (dry):  408lb

Price then:  $899

Price now:  $1,400-$3,000

 50mpg (observed)

From the to the mid-Seventies, 2-… motorcycles ruled the Kings of the strip and the street, the men who rode them put up with power bands and a massive for gasoline to get that heart power.

There were however, and the exceptions to the wild 2-strokes were built by While other manufacturers 12-second drag strip Suzuki focused on building user-friendly motorcycles like the T500 Titan. Other screamed: Suzukis were designed for people who wanted to or commute, not race.

Interestingly, the Suzuki used to excel on the may have come from the track. In the early Sixties, wanted to win races, both for the advantage victory brings and to points over rival In 1961, Suzuki made with Ernst Degner, a top and engineer with the East MZ team. East Germany was firmly under the heel of the and Degner, eager to direct his seized the opportunity to get out.

By the fall of 1961, Degner had it past the Iron Curtain and was for Suzuki.

Using the knowledge he working at MZ with 2-… Walter Kaaden, Degner Suzuki how to get real power and from its own 2-strokes. This was more than certainly to improve the road machines as as to win races, as Suzuki soon known for its reliable and powerful singles and twins.

Bringing out the big

Late 1965, saw the introduction of the T20, also known as the Suzuki X6 Its 2-cylinder, 247cc engine had a and … of 54mm x 54mm, a compression ratio and produced a 29hp @ 7,500rpm. Pump oiled the lower end, and a gearbox transferred power to the wheel.

Press tests the twin was good for 90mph.

A and a half later, Suzuki another step up and introduced a twin developed from the the Suzuki T500 /Five. had recently introduced the 4-… CB450 Black Bomber. the assumption within British, and American motorcycle circles the Japanese were not interested in larger capacity motorcycles. The T500 /Five was in its own way just as it invalidated the belief that a capacity 2-… would

The T500 /Five (500cc and speeds), also known as the Titan, was bombproof. Not only did it run when contemporary magazine took it through Death in the summertime heat, it soon a reputation as one of the most reliable of the Sixties. Even so, it attracted less attention than the which must have Suzuki executives to no end.

 The Suzuki T500 has called one of the most underrated of all time.

Engine dimensions over-square at 70mm x 64mm, to Suzuki’s 250 singles, and the compression was 6.6:1. Cylinders were alloy sleeved with The lower end had three main pump fed lubrication to the lower end of the and the rear of the cylinders, and alternator timed by points.

A 5-speed (often criticized for a “safety that wouldn’t allow to first gear shifts on the move) transferred power to the final drive. The tachometer was taken off the countershaft, which the tach wouldn’t read the clutch was disengaged.

The engine was in a dual-downtube steel cradle with wire wheels and brakes. Shortly after the introduction of the 500, Suzuki the swing arm just over an inch (from 52.7 to 57.3 inches) to improve The bike, now called the T500 quickly gained a reputation for handling, nicely aided by its wide power band.

In the 500 was restyled and carburetor size to 32mm from 34mm. smaller carburetors didn’t performance,” says Tony owner of our feature bike. it really helped the gas mileage. I get no joke.”

Other changes the cylinder barrels, which now had 11 instead of 10, new pistons and better After some piston (most notoriously in the 1970 Big 7 Superbike Comparison), the Titan, as it was now was built with the stronger from the water-cooled Suzuki .

Cycle’s piston failure after repeated drag runs. Before its engine the Suzuki was basically tied a Sportster for third best in the seven bike test, and it had points for its light weight and price. Yet it didn’t accelerate or do as fast as its competitors, and was, Cook Neilson opined, a “we felt might be in over its

We were right.” Perhaps, but as the 500 in a field of 750s one could the Suzuki actually acquitted quite well.

The world was and so were Titans. After they were upstaged by the water-cooled GT750. The 1973 and T500L Titans had a larger oil reservoir and a strengthened bottom

In 1976 the bike was renamed the and given a bigger tank gallons versus 3.7), ignition and — finally — a front brake.

By this time, street bikes were the end of their road. It wasn’t effective to clean up the emissions of the relatively clean-running Suzuki so Suzuki focused their on 4-… engines. After an (and expensive) fling the 1975-1976 RE5 Rotary, Suzuki out the Suzuki GS750 4-… for

The last Titans were in 1976 and offered for the 1977

Fanning the fire

That shootout article might been read by a teenage Maybe one like Tony, a kid who was falling in love with That kid who was crazy about grew up and acquired a large a garage he started filling classic Japanese bikes. “I go and look at my bikes and think of the times I’ve had.

It me from the stress of today’s Tony says, explaining his Tony not only collects Japanese motorcycles, he has become about them to the point he is now asked to judge at concours events.

Tony found this a 1972 T500J, in “loved but condition” some seven ago. “It was all there, but didn’t he says. To a collector concerned authenticity, it is often most to make sure all a bike’s to find parts — like metal — are present and accounted It is usually much easier to engine parts. “I could see the bones were impressively Tony recalls.

Importantly for his Titan has the chrome package for one year only, 1972.

does much of his own work. “I the bike first to get excited it. The carbs were gunked up, and I the gas tank and the fuel lines and I spent a lot of time getting fuel related really but that wasn’t what was the bike from running. It out to be a defective coil.”

Because the was a popular bike, parts is relatively good. “I have parts on eBay, Craigslist and motorcycle sites. If you can’t a part, Paul Miller in Suzuki.”

Starting a Titan is a different, Tony says. Titan is kick start and the kick start is on the left, takes a little getting to. There’s no starting procedure — you kick until it fires, it will do pretty quickly. It fine once started, but it a little warming up.

If it feels it needs to warm up more.

need two types of oil for this oil for the bottom end — I use Castrol 20/50 — and oil for the mix tank. I use synthetic 2-… Tony says, adding, a mix tank — Suzuki called it Lubrication — so you don’t have to oil into the gas tank. This started with the 1968 and was a big deal for Suzuki.”

Tony is obviously fond of Titan. “It’s a fun, bike. It’s good for runs into town. The is original, with the original

It has lots of padding and is very The Titan is geared high for the and is a well mannered touring with plenty of pulling It is quiet for a two ….

It has enough for comfort, but it’s not like an elephant. The weight is low, and it an excellent job of carrying the rider the corners,” Tony says. sometimes vibrate, but on the Titan, not that irritating. Suzuki care of a lot of the vibration by improving the mounts when they from the Cobra to the Titan

“This Titan’s strength is its Tony expounds. “When I the bike in spring, I take off the put gas in the tank, air in the tires and charge the I kick her over a few times, the fires, and I am off and running again. as usual.” Bikes in a collection sit, and Tony, a conscientious has evolved a protocol for storing “Before they go to sleep in the I drain the tank and the carburetors.

I sure the oil tank is full. I the fuel petcocks and soak the in Marvel Mystery Oil. I sure the petcock seals are in sealing.

Then I reassemble the and cover the bike with like a baby,” he says.

it was new, the Titan sold to a loyal following. Now that it has classic status, Suzuki’s 500 is by a small but enthusiastic group of “The classic Titan what makes vintage motorcycles such a great and why I collect them,” Tony adding, “This Suzuki is to look at, fun to ride and super What more could I ask

Press Reports:

“For the the Titan is a tough package to It offers performance, quality, brakes and comfort.”

– Cycle . April 1970

“Dollar for money for performance, Suzuki’s 500 is

– Cycle World . October

“Needless to say, the people who ‘it couldn’t be built’ are keeping quiet these days. Not was it built, but it has been an almost success in all respects.”

– Cycle . October 1970

“A lot of motorcycle for the and as impervious to abuse as anything made today.”

– Cycle . 1974

“Six years ago the was a revolutionary motorcycle. But the revolution has it by; now it is simply a solid, reliable, unexciting motorcycle that do anything very wrong.”

– Guide, May 1974

“A God-fearing, American can wear a Titan comfort thanks to its soft and saddle.”

– Cycle . April

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