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Suzuki GT500 model history
1975—1977


I have tried to tell the Suzuki GT 500 model history on this page as I know it. I would be grateful of any contributions — sales brochures, magazine ads, magazine articles, pictures, specs, facts, corrections etc. Please scan the material in JPEG format (large enough that all the details are visible) and send them to me. Please tell me the source and the publication date if possible. If you send me pictures of your own bike, please follow these instructions.

Suzuki 1975More Suzuki models from 1975
1975 Suzuki year code: M

The Suzuki GT500 replaced the T500 twin in 1975. The new model looked very much like the classic T500, once sensationally fast and well-built machine, but in the mid-seventies already old-fashioned and smoky two-stroker. Its days were outnumbered. Suzuki made a good effort trying to modernize the once very popular model by releasing the GT500 that had a bigger tank, electronic ignition and a front disk brake.

Confusingly, the T500 was renamed to GT500 already in 1971 in Japan, but the rest of the world didn't even know about it, so I start this model historty page with the '75 model with the new looks and a disc brake at the front.

Here's a picture of the '71 Suzuki GT500 (Japan only).
Suzuki GT-500 GT500MGT 500 M 1975
Overall Length: 2,195 mm (86.4 in)
Overall Width: 880 mm (34.6 in)
Overall Height: 1,105 mm (43.5 in)
Dry Weight: 187 kg (411 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 492 cc inline-2, 2-stroke. 44 hp/ 6,000 rpm, 5.4 kg-m/ 6,000 rpm.


Suzuki 1976More Suzuki models from 1976

1976 Suzuki year code: A

The GT500 wore a single front hydraulic disk brake, identical to that which had been fitted to the GT380 and GT550. The forks were similar as well having 35mm stanchions and identical triple clamps to the GT range. The instruments were also identical to those found on the GT range.

Another example of parts rationalisation was the use of the GT750 fuel tank on the GT500. A plastic insert replaces the unnecessary radiator access flap on the front of the tank. The larger tank gave welcome extra range to the 500 but didn't necessary made the machine more beautiful (a matter of an opinion). A new seat accompanied the change of tank.
Suzuki GT-500 GT500CGT 500 A 1976
Overall Length: 2,195 mm (86.4 in)
Overall Width: 880 mm (34.6 in)
Overall Height: 1,105 mm (43.5 in)
Dry Weight: 187 kg (411 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 492 cc inline-2, 2-stroke. 44 hp/ 6,000 rpm, 5.4 kg-m/ 6,000 rpm.


Suzuki 1977More Suzuki models from 1977

1977 Suzuki year code: B

Thus modified the Suzuki 500 twin saw out its days and in 1977 the GT500B was the end of the line and only a few examples of this model were ever delivered by the factory. The last few GT500s on the showroom floor were heavily discounted and moved away to make way for the new four cylinder four stroke range.

The 1977 B-model was delivered in red and blue color this year, but in USA and Canada they also sold a black version of the GT500.

Significantly the GT triple range, which had stifled development on the Titan, died with it.
 
Suzuki GT-500 GT500CGT 500 B 1977
Overall Length: 2,195 mm (86.4 in)
Overall Width: 880 mm (34.6 in)
Overall Height: 1,105 mm (43.5 in)
Dry Weight: 187 kg (411 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 492 cc inline-2, 2-stroke. 44 hp/ 6,000 rpm, 5.4 kg-m/ 6,000 rpm.





Updated: December 21, 2006

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