c.1972 Suzuki T250 Hustler
Registration no. XCT 51L
Frame no. T250-54411
Engine no. 250-114309
Using the Colleda marque name, Suzuki launched its first 250cc two-stroke twin in 1956 and the type would remain a fixture of the range for the next 40 years. The replacement T10 appeared in 1963 sporting, among numerous improvements, Suzuki's new 'CCI' pumped lubrication system. The next stage of development was the now classic T20 Super Six, which was marketed in the USA as the X6 Hustler. Introduced in 1965, the T20 was an entirely new design although still a 250cc parallel-twin two-stroke. The frame was now tubular and of the duplex loop type, while the gearbox offered the rider the luxury of six speeds for the first time on a road-going motorcycle. With its precise handling, good brakes, powerful motor and 90mph-plus top speed, the Super Six received rave reviews in the motorcycling press and soon established a giant-killing reputation in production machine racing. Improved T250 Hustler and disc-braked GT250 models followed but in essence the piston-ported twin altered little. Tested by Bike magazine (Autumn 1971 edition), a T250 Hustler reached an indicated 96mph and rocketed through the standing quarter-mile in 16.2 seconds, bettering the Yamaha YDS7 and BSA B25 Gold Star it was pitted against.
Purchased some years ago at date unknown, this T250 Hustler has been partially restored by its late owner. The fuel tank, oil tank and side panel have been repainted (bill on file) and the seat re-covered but it is not known what other work, if any, has been carried out on the machine, which will require careful re-commissioning before further use. It is understood that a Swansea V5C document will have been obtained by time of sale.
- There is NO invoice on file for the repainting of the machine.