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Suzuki GP125 model history
1978—1981


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Suzuki 1978More Suzuki models from 1978
1978 Suzuki year code: C
'77 GP-125 brochure, Japan

1978 GP125 sales brochure from Japan. Click to enlarge. This one is from some Japanese website. Unfortunately the quality of this scan is not that great.

 
A low cost, economy version of the GT125/RG125 single two-stroke. The model name GP was apparently adopted from racing world (Grand Prix), the GP125 shared the bore and stroke dimensions with the 1976/1977 Suzuki RG500 works racer.

Presented for the Japanese home market in March 1978.
 
Suzuki GP125 GP-125 '78GP 125 1978
Overall Length: 1 895 mm (74.6 in)
Overall Width: 750 mm (29.5 in)
Overall Height: 1 055 mm (41.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 235 mm (48.6 in)
Dry Weight: 101 kg (222 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 123 cc single cylinder 2-stroke, rotary disc valve. 15 hp (11 kW)/ 8,500 rpm, 13 Nm (1,3 kg-m)/ 7,500 rpm. 5 speeds.

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The biggest difference between the 1978 RG125/GT125 and the GP125 was that the RG had a twin engine with piston reed valves while the GP a single cylinder engine with rotary disk valves. Suzuki Motor Company continued to build the model couple of years into the 1980's, perhaps even longer for export to New Zealand.

1978-1979 GP125 specifications (Japan)

Overall length: 1 895 mm (74.6 in.)
Overall width: 750 mm (29.5 in.)
Overall height: 1 055 mm (41.5 in.)
Wheelbase: 1 235 mm (48.6 in.)
Dry weight: 101 kg (222 lbs.)
Engine type: Air-cooled 123 cc single cylinder 2-stroke, rotary valve.
Maximum power output: 14 hp/ 8.000 rpm
Maximum torque: 1,3 kpm/ 7.500 rpm
Bore x stroke: 56,0 x 50,0 mm
Compression ratio: 6.8 :1
Starting system: Kick starter
Clutch type: Wet multi-plate
Transmission type: 5-speed constant mesh
Primary drive: chain
Frame type: steel pipe
Front suspension: Telescopic, oil dampened
Rear suspension: Swinging arm, oil dampened
Front brake: Single disc
Rear brake: Internal expanding
Front tyre: 2.75-18
Rear tyre: 3.00-18
Wheel type: steel rime, wire wheels
Retail price, Japan 1979: 179,000 Yen

1978-1981 GP125 specifications (West Germany)

Wheelbase: 1 230 mm (48.4 in.)
Dry weight: 103 kg (227 lbs.)
Engine type: Air-cooled 123,2 cc single cylinder 2-stroke
Maximum power output: 9,4 hp (7,2 kW)/ 8.000 rpm
Maximum torque: 9,6 Nm/ 7.000 rpm
Bore x stroke: 56,0 x 50,0 mm
Carburettor: Mikuni VM 24 SS
Transmission type: 5-speed constant mesh
Primary drive: chain
Frame type: steel (single) pipe
Front suspension stroke: 100 mm (3.9 in)
Rear suspension travel: 70 mm (2.8 in)
Front brake: Single disc, 220 mm (8.7 in)
Rear brake: Drum, 130 mm (5.1 in)
Front tyre: 2.75-18
Rear tyre: 3.00-18
Fuel tank capacity: 9,8 liter
Wheel type: steel rime, wire wheels
Maximum speed: 110 km/h



Suzuki 1979More Suzuki models from 1979
1979 Suzuki year code: N
 
Presented for the Japanese home market in August 1979.
 
Suzuki GP125 GP-125 '79GP 125 1979
Overall Length: 1 895 mm (74.6 in)
Overall Width: 750 mm (29.5 in)
Overall Height: 1 055 mm (41.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1 235 mm (48.6 in)
Dry Weight: 101 kg (222 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 123 cc single cylinder 2-stroke. 14 hp/ 8.000 rpm, 1,3 kpm/ 7.500 rpm.

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