1969 Suzuki T500 Cobra
|Pictures of Suzuki T 500 Cobra, sent by Lars
Sellbom, Sweden, with comments.
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of the T-500 restoring project.
Owner: Lars Sellbom
New: 1969 frame no 14271.
Purchased: February 2002.
Comments: I found the engine in parts on a garage floor
in February 2002. One piston, barrel and rod were completely
destroyed. The rest had been stored outdoors under a balcony
since 1982, however the rust had not done very much damage to
it. It seemed relatively complete so I paid the owner 100$ for
all of it.
A process of work and part finding followed, in a project like
this you always need more money and time than expected.
With a good deal of help from my brother, I could, three months
later, make the first careful ride with it. What a thrill!
find the Cobra very sophisticated for its time, with separate
oil injection, 5 speeds and an extremely good quality in details.
It is also very easy to start, just a light touch is needed to
make it running. Riding the Cobra is very easy, it reminds of
riding a overgrown moped.
engine sound is very quiet and smooth (I made a re-bore and fitted
new pistons), almost like a whisper at idle. At full throttle
the sound is transformed to an enormous roar which will give the
vehicle attention on any street.
The condition of my bike is good but not excellent. It is almost
original and that is most important to me (the not-in-mint-condition
also makes it easier for me to use it on daily bases).
plans: I'd like to find a better rubber hose for the air
cleaner, an original Cobra tachometer and a few other minor things.
If you have parts lying around, please mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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