1973 Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703

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Lot 110
1973 Suzuki 500 Titan
Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703

Sold for US$ 3,335 inc. premium
1973 Suzuki 500 Titan
Frame no. T500 66696
Engine no. T500-66703
Formally known as the Cobra, the Titan 500 of 1970 was Suzuki's first foray into large displacement 2-stroke motorcycles. Equipped with an extremely reliable drivetrain and a clever, automatic lubrication system, the T500 was a model of reliability. Unlike many other 2-strokes of the time, the Titan was capable of 40 or even 50 miles per gallon and still yielded a top speed of over 110mph. The 47hp power plant delivered a wide power band, peaking at a 7,000rpm redline. The T500 ultimately found favor with racers culminating with an Isle of Man TT class win in 1970 and 1972. Additionally, Suzuki used a derivative of the T500 engine as a basis for its TR500 Grand Prix racers.

A pioneer in the development of the 2-stroke, Suzuki introduced the Posi-Force lubrication system that eliminated premixed gasoline and oil. With a fairly long wheelbase, and engine mounted far forward, the T500 proved to a competent commuter as well as a comfortable and fast long-distance machine. The distinctive sound of the efficient exhaust with its pleasant burble announced its arrival. By 1970 Suzuki's greatly improved styling was evident in a tank design much more comfortable for the American eye.

The T500 was strong and reliable with a modified version being the first 2-stroke to win an AMA National Road Race. This repainted machine has been in storage for some time with the usual careful recommissioning and safety checks it could soon be a 'Zooming Titan' again.

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1973 Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703
1973 Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703
1973 Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703
1973 Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703
1973 Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703
1973 Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703
1973 Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703
1973 Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703
1973 Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703
1973 Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703
1973 Suzuki 500 Titan Frame no. T500 66696 Engine no. T500-66703
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