Clymer Manuals got an up-close look at this sweet 1975 Suzuki T500 Cobra/Titan cafe racer at the 2013 Heart of America Motorcycle Enthusiasts Vintage Motorcycle Show in Kansas City, MO.
While everyone remembers the Suzuki and Kawasaki two-stroke triples, and the Yamaha twins, the 500cc two-stroke twin in the Suzuki was certainly worth a closer look. Simpler, and lighter than the triples of similar displacement, the Suzuki T500 was not a bad handler, and easier to work on. Compared to the Yamaha RD350/400 of the same era, the T500 was only slightly more powerful, but easier to ride and more reliable. Though considered by many back in the day to be more of a touring bike, this example is stripped down for minimal weight and maximum sport. Perhaps the biggest improvement was swapping out the failure prone dual leading shoe front brake for a stronger Suzuki GT750 four leading shoe unit.… Read the rest