Japan's first production MX racer,1968 Suzuki RH67 Frame no. TM250-10113 Engine no. TM250-10113

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Japan's first production MX racer
1968 Suzuki RH67

Frame no. TM250-10113
Engine no. TM250-10113

US$ 30,000 - 40,000
£ 22,000 - 29,000
Japan's first production MX racer
1968 Suzuki RH67

Frame no. TM250-10113
Engine no. TM250-10113

Rarity and significance define a motorcycle's collectability, and here's a Japanese dirtbike, of all things, that ranks very near the top. The 1968 Suzuki TM250 (universally called the RH67 after the previous year's factory racer) certainly qualifies as rare. Records are a little unclear but no more than 200 examples were produced for worldwide consumption – some experts claim as few as 100 – with perhaps half that number coming to the U.S. As happens with racebikes used for their intended purpose, many were ridden "into the ground" until nothing of use was left, or cannibalized for parts, or simply scrapped. Today, it's estimated that fewer than 20 complete motorcycles exist, almost all in private collections or museums.

Besides being scarce, the RH67 is an important milestone in the history of the sport because it is the very first production-built Japanese motocrosser. In the mid-1960s with Japanese domination of Grand Prix roadracing in full swing, Suzuki turned its attention to motocross, then ruled by established European brands. The result was the RH series, powered by a two-stroke single with a pair of exhaust ports and expansion chambers, a design which obviously borrowed heavily from the all-conquering CZ Twin Port 250. Of interest are the RH's crankshaft-mounted clutch and its four-speed gearbox. In need of further R&D, especially with regard to powerband and handling, Suzuki hired talented Swedish motocrosser Olle Pettersson as development rider and soon the improved RH was good enough to attract greats like Joel Roberts and Roger DeCoster. World titles quickly fell to both men, the first of 29 GP motocross championships for Suzuki to date. On the showroom side of the business, that initial limited run of production RH67s led to the successful TM series, then to the even more potent RMs, and Suzuki was well-placed to serve the U.S. dirtbike boom of the 1970s and '80s.

While many of the surviving RH67s have been restored or put together from parts, the Mork collection's Suzuki is doubly rare in that it remains in unrestored, as-raced condition. In Mr. Mork's care the engine has been rebuilt using factory original parts, and while this milestone bike has primarily been on display for many years, he advises us that the Suzuki starts and runs.

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Japan's first production MX racer,1968 Suzuki RH67 Frame no. TM250-10113 Engine no. TM250-10113
Japan's first production MX racer,1968 Suzuki RH67 Frame no. TM250-10113 Engine no. TM250-10113
Japan's first production MX racer,1968 Suzuki RH67 Frame no. TM250-10113 Engine no. TM250-10113
Japan's first production MX racer,1968 Suzuki RH67 Frame no. TM250-10113 Engine no. TM250-10113
Japan's first production MX racer,1968 Suzuki RH67 Frame no. TM250-10113 Engine no. TM250-10113
Japan's first production MX racer,1968 Suzuki RH67 Frame no. TM250-10113 Engine no. TM250-10113
Japan's first production MX racer,1968 Suzuki RH67 Frame no. TM250-10113 Engine no. TM250-10113
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