Suzuki T350 R Rebel presentation
(Tekniikan Maailma 14/1971, Finland). Click to enlarge.
A Finnish magazine article about the Suzuki T350R and Honda
CB750, with the headline The rebel and the king.
As you could guess, the Suzuki 315cc was the rebel and the Honda
750cc the king. 1971 was the first year the T350 was imported
The journalist, Tapio Sunell, told that the T350 had been on
the market a year already and it seems to think that the T350-II
was the first model. I'd like to comment that. Some other people
have told me that the II should be Suzuki's way
of telling that it is a 1970 year's model, like the R means
1971. Rubbish, I say. Suzuki did't use any year codes before
1971. The II behind the model name mens that it's the second
edition of the model, Mark 2.
According to the article the Suzuki was as fast as larger bikes,
thanks to its 6-speed gearbox and 39 hp engine. Some improvements
compared to the previous year's model: longer wheelbase, wider
rear wheel and larger fuel tank.