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Suzuki T125 model history
1967—1971


I have tried to tell the story of the Suzuki T 125 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 1967More Suzuki models from 1967

The 1967 T125 was a totally different bike from the T125 Stinger, introduced a couple of years later. Unlike the Stinger, styled like a competition bike, the original T125 looked more like the other bikes of the Suzuki T series, the T20 being the most famous of them.

As far as I know, the model was only available in Japan.
Suzuki T125 II Stinger T-125T 125 1967
Overall Length: 1,930 mm (76.0 in)
Overall Width: 775 mm (30.5 in)
Overall Height: 1,030 mm (40.6 in)
Wheelbase: 1,285 mm (50.6 in)
Dry Weight: 127 kg (280 lbs)
Engine type: 124cc air-cooled dual carburetor 2-stroke parallel twin. 15.0 ps/ 8,500 rpm, 1.38 kg-m/ 7,000 rpm. 5-speed transmission.

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Suzuki 1968More Suzuki models from 1968



Suzuki 1969More Suzuki models from 1969
T-125 Stinger ´69

The T125 Stinger was introduced for 1969 and looked very sporty with its slim fuel tank and high-drawn exhaust pipes. "Grand prix look", said some of advertisements. Unfortunately the Stinger wasn't as fast on the track as it looked. Especially the brakes and the soft suspension were not as good as some other 125cc bikes from the period. I also remember people telling that their T125 were quite thirsty; they were always running out of fuel. But the bike was fun to ride and looked good!

As you can se for the pictures below, the export model, T125 Stinger, had a different fuel tank that the Japanese domestic model, called T125 Wolf. The T90, apparently only available in Japan, had similar tank to the exported T125 Stinger.

Available in Red (and Blue in Japan).

Suzuki T125 Stinger T-125T 125 Stinger 1969
Overall length: 1,835 mm (72.2 in)
Overall width: 790 mm (31.1 in)
Overall height: 1,080 mm (42.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1,190 mm (46.9 in)
Ground clearance: 170 mm (6.7 in)
Dry weight: 96 kg (211 lbs)
Braking distance: 6 m at 35 km/h
Engine type: 124cc air-cooled dual carburetor 2-stroke parallel twin. 15.0 ps/ 8,500 rpm, 1.38 kg-m/ 7,000 rpm. 5-speed transmission.
Suzuki T125 Wolf T-125T 125 Wolf 1969
Overall length: 1,835 mm (72.2 in)
Overall width: 790 mm (31.1 in)
Overall height: 1,080 mm (42.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1,190 mm (46.9 in)
Ground clearance: 170 mm (6.7 in)
Dry weight: 96 kg (211 lbs)
Braking distance: 6 m at 35 km/h
Engine type: 124cc air-cooled dual carburetor 2-stroke parallel twin. 15.0 ps/ 8,500 rpm, 1.38 kg-m/ 7,000 rpm. 5-speed transmission.


Suzuki 1970More Suzuki models from 1970

The 1970 T125-II did not get any better brakes or harder suspension. But its Black exhaust pipe extension was replaced to a chromed one and now it said "Suzuki" on the tank.

Available in Candy Yellow, Pop Green and Yellow. The Yellow (not "Candy Yellow") was available in the USA and I don't know if this was offered in any other countries. This color option is not shown in brochures but there was a bulletin from Suzuki Motor Co. to dealers and this color is mentioned.

Apparently there was also a model version with downpipes available in some countries. A reader from Barbados told me that they imported the down piped model T125-2 and only recently sold a pair of downpipes, the last set they had, from their vintage Suzuki stock to the UK. Here's a picture of a downpipe Stinger (and a couple of other Stingers) on the Visitors' Suzuki section. Please send me more pictures of such model, if you have/find any!

The '70 T90 Wolf was also available in Australia and New Zealand. I was told that most of them had T125-II stripes and/or with a stripe that says "Wolf". See the picture below:
T-90 Wolf

Suzuki T125 T-125 II StingerT 125 II Stinger 1970
Overall length: 1,835 mm (72.2 in)
Overall width: 790 mm (31.1 in)
Overall height: 1,080 mm (42.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1,190 mm (46.9 in)
Ground clearance: 170 mm (6.7 in)
Dry weight: 96 kg (211 lbs)
Maximum speed: 120 kph
Climbing ability: 18° 30'
Braking distance: 6 m at 35 km/h
Engine type: 124 cc air-cooled dual carburetor 2-stroke twin. 15.1 hp/ 8,500 rpm, 1.36 kgm/ 7,000 rpm. 70-75 mph.

'70 T-125 T125-II Stinger T125-2T 125 II Stinger 1970
Overall length: 1,835 mm (72.2 in)
Overall width: 790 mm (31.1 in)
Overall height: 1,080 mm (42.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1,190 mm (46.9 in)
Ground clearance: 170 mm (6.7 in)
Dry weight: 96 kg (211 lbs)
Maximum speed: 120 kph
Climbing ability: 18° 30'
Braking distance: 6 m at 35 km/h
Engine type: 124 cc air-cooled dual carburetor 2-stroke twin. 15.1 hp/ 8,500 rpm, 1.36 kgm/ 7,000 rpm. 70-75 mph.

'70 T-125 T125-II Stinger T125-2T 125 II Stinger 1970 Downpipe
Overall length: 1,835 mm (72.2 in)
Overall width: 790 mm (31.1 in)
Overall height: 1,080 mm (42.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1,190 mm (46.9 in)
Ground clearance: 170 mm (6.7 in)
Dry weight: 96 kg (211 lbs)
Maximum speed: 120 kph
Climbing ability: 18° 30'
Braking distance: 6 m at 35 km/h
Engine type: 124 cc air-cooled dual carburetor 2-stroke twin. 15.1 hp/ 8,500 rpm, 1.36 kgm/ 7,000 rpm. 70-75 mph.



Suzuki 1971More Suzuki models from 1971
1971 Suzuki year code: R

The 1971 T125R was not available in all countries. Many countries, at least in Europe, continued selling the T125-II until 1972. Of the catalogues and adverts I've seen, only the USA full-line catalogue shows T125R model, that had adapted the T125 Wolf fuel tank, earlier available only in Japan but with different graphics. Apparently the tank color Candy Lime Green (Morrow Green is the USA) was not available in Japan. The 1971-year's model also had a longer seat , a longer rear fender and some other small details that set it apart from the earlier models.

The decal on the oil tank does not have '125' like the others. It says 'CCI'. The fuel cap is also much larger. Some T125 models sold in the UK have a front fender that looks like the the one on the AS50 or A100.

I have found very little info of this bike but I assume that the bike was mechanically unchanged from the previous year's model.

Initial frame number: T125-114995
Initial engine number: T125-115148

Suzuki T125R T-125 R Stinger WolfT 125 Stinger 1971
Overall length: 1,835 mm (72.2 in)
Overall width: 790 mm (31.1 in)
Overall height: 1,080 mm (42.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1,190 mm (46.9 in)
Ground clearance: 170 mm (6.7 in)
Dry weight: 96 kg (211 lbs)
Maximum speed: 120 kph
Climbing ability: 18° 30'
Braking distance: 6 m at 35 km/h
Engine type: 124 cc air-cooled dual carburetor 2-stroke twin. 15.1 hp/ 8,500 rpm, 1.36 kgm/ 7,000 rpm. 70-75 mph.

'71 T-125 T125R Stinger T 125 RT 125 Stinger 1971
Overall length: 1,835 mm (72.2 in)
Overall width: 790 mm (31.1 in)
Overall height: 1,080 mm (42.5 in)
Wheelbase: 1,190 mm (46.9 in)
Ground clearance: 170 mm (6.7 in)
Dry weight: 96 kg (211 lbs)
Maximum speed: 120 kph
Climbing ability: 18° 30'
Braking distance: 6 m at 35 km/h
Engine type: 124 cc air-cooled dual carburetor 2-stroke twin. 15.1 hp/ 8,500 rpm, 1.36 kgm/ 7,000 rpm. 70-75 mph.







Updated: March 18, 2008

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