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Offline Steve Moffat

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Suzuki T500
« on: January 27, 2020, 10:51:12 AM »
Hi,My 400c  is good as finished now just running it in,most of the pain of the rebuild is subsiding now just remembering the pleasure ,lol,.Fancy doing another ride restore and always liked the look of the T500m,you can still pick up for reasonable money ,well compared to rd"s.Any advice,opinions welcome if anyone on here has one or done a rebuild. Cheers Steve
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Re: Suzuki T500
« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2020, 03:53:32 PM »
I can only tell you what two people I know that have owned T/GT500s have said. Nice bikes, BUT boring.

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Re: Suzuki T500
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2020, 07:14:06 AM »
I've owned a couple of the brake drum models.
Good points:
They are simple in the extreme and easy to work on.
Performance was good, better than contemporary Honda CB450.
They sound great, IMO.
Not great:
Front drum brake is pathetic.
Forks and shocks are just about adequate.
Handling only fair - does not feel as secure as a Yamaha 400, shows its age in comparison.
Early models had a flaw in that the effective gearbox oil level was too low, requiring opening up crankcases to fix - info online. Later models OK, and otherwise very reliable.
Given they were cheap in their day, an impressive bike overall.

Offline Steve Moffat

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Re: Suzuki T500
« Reply #3 on: January 28, 2020, 08:57:38 AM »
Thanks for info tractorman and bluehaze,i"m looking at the later models that have had the gearbox oil mod done,had lots of Yams,Honda"s ,and Kawasaki"s,never had a Suzuki and yes expect it will be totally different to my 400c,would prefer a Kawa triple or GT750 but they are pricey,t500"s are prob last of the big two strokes at reasonable money.
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Offline Doug_R5C

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Re: Suzuki T500
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2020, 01:56:33 PM »
I had a new GT500 back in the old P-reg days (1975?).  It was detuned compared with the earlier bikes if I remember rightly but could still pull around 100mph two-up if needed.  Surprisingly economical but it vibrated a lot, the metal air filter box fell apart with the vibration.  I'd agree on the handling, it was ok for it's day, it looked as thought two frame spars were missing by design, compared with other bikes, which left a bit of flexibilty around the swingarm mount.  Not a great bike, but a nice bike, not one I ever regretted buying, despite Suzuki lopping £100 off the list price just after I bought it.

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Re: Suzuki T500
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2020, 02:00:38 PM »
Don't forget the GT550, not a bike you see a lot of, even when they were new.  I had a ride of a GT380 and it was like an armchair compared with my GT185 at the time, so I imagine the GT550 was just a quicker version.

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Re: Suzuki T500
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2020, 09:25:36 AM »
Cheers Doug,Prefer the looks and paint schemes of the early t500"s think they look great and a bit more power than the gt500 too,just waiting for the right bike,Kawasaki triple is also an option i had a 250 s1 many years ago.also keeping a look out for the kh 400 that Martin1957 may be selling.
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