SUZUKI T500 COBRA 1968
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Originally marketed as the Cobra, the first T500s garnered fame for their clean lines, good handling and, unlike most two-strokes, a smooth (at least at low rpms) low-revving engine.
Cobras are quick, venomous snakes, renowned for striking fast and for striking fear in the heart of anyone unlucky enough to cross their path. We're not quite sure what Suzuki was reaching for when they pulled the Cobra and granted, 46hp wasn't exactly mind-bending, but as the largest production two-stroke twin since pre-war England's water-cooled Scott, the T500 defied conventional wisdom by pursuing a different direction in motorcycle development. In 1968, everyone knew the only good parallel twins came out of England.
And four-stroke engines powered all of these. Two-strokes, the conventional thinking went, were noisy, smelly and high-strung. With its big-bore T500, Suzuki meant to change all that. The T500 was also admired for its low-rpm pull and its The T500's front brake.
ABOUT THIS BIKE
- Restored in Christchurch, New Zealand, this bike has traveled just over 900miles since restoration.
- It is being presented in pretty much ‘like new' condition.
- Looks, Runs and Drives Like new.
- Top speed: 105mph
- Engine type: air-cooled two stroke parallel twin
- Chassis T50010769
- Imported from the USA – first registered in New Zealand October 2012
- World's First 500cc Dual Stroke
Prior to 1968, everyone knew you shouldn't build a two-stroke bike bigger than about 350cc. Anything larger would create power that couldn't be managed due to the narrow power band, overheating, and drink as much gas as a car. But soon after Suzuki unveiled its 500 Cobra, the naysayers not only shut up, but quickly began singing its praises.
Yes, this is the sports cycle that couldn't be made but bulletproof is what it soon enough became. Here's an opportunity to buy one of the big guns; to buy a link in the evolutionary chain leading to the super bikes we have today.
Will be sold WOF'd and Registered if sold in New Zealand.
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