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Suzuki T125 magazine articles

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Suzuki T125 road testSuzuki T125 road test
Suzuki T125 road testSuzuki T125 road test

Suzuki T125-II road test (Tekniikan Maailma 19/1970, Finland). Click to enlarge.
The test rider (Tapio Sunell) thought the new T125-II was a beautiful and sporty bike that made the heads turn. Although he loved the looks of the bikes he didn't think it was a pefrect bike, far from it.

The Finnish version of the T125-II was just about the same bike presented at the '69 Tokyo bike show. Mr. Sunell noticed that the handlebar on the version sold in Finland was lower. I think the enormous rear mudguard was also specific for Finland.
Sunell didn't like the drawing of the exhaust pipes, they annoyed the rider and especially the passenger. He also found the fuel tank too small, the engine a bit weaker than announced and hard to start at moisty weather, the clutch a bit sticky, the brakes unadequate and the rear dampers too soft. He liked the gearing ratios, the tyres (Inoue) and the overall handling of the bike.

The T125 was quite quick at 5.000 rpm and above and at even faster at 7.000—8.000 rpm. At lower rpm's (3.000 and below) it was quite dull and slow. The engine character as well as the good handling encouraged to ride the bike like a racing machine. Unfortuately the brakes wasn't in the same class.

'70 T-125 T125-II Stinger T125-2
1970 T125-II downpipe version. Published in "La Vie de la Moto" magazine. No 101-15 sept 1992. Click to enlarge. A downpipe version of the Stinger was available in some parts of the world Does anyone of you readers know where (what countries) this version was sold?. Scanned and sent to me by Gerald van Wyngaarden, Canada.

Suzuki T125 comparison testSuzuki T125 comparison test
Suzuki T125 comparison testSuzuki T125 comparison test

Suzuki T125-II comparison test (Tekniikan Maailma 15/1971, Finland). Click to enlarge.
A year later from the road test, the Finnish magazine compared the Suzuki T125-II with the French Motobecane DC125. The Motobecane was equipped with (larger) Grimeca brakes than the Stinger and an excellent Ceriani front fork; a larger fuel tank than the Suzuki and its kick pedal wasn't in the way like on the Suzuki. Still, the Motobecane's brakes had too much bite and were considered just as dangerous.

An interesting thing about the comparison test was that the Finnish racer, Martti Pesonen, tested the both bikes on the Finnish track Keimola. His verdict was that the Motobecane had an excellent riding position and wasn't as noisy as the Suzuki. On the other hand, the Motobecane felt slower and had dangerous brakes. The handlebar of the Suzuki was too low and should be replaced with a higher one for a nicer riding position. The loud engine noise didn't bother Pesonen too much but he had wanted more efficient brakes to the bike, especially at front.

Mr. Pesonen noticed that Suzuki had used its experiences from the racing track when engineering its bikes. Although the T125 wasn't one of the most perfect bikes from Suzuki, there's actually nothing dangerously wrong with the bike. At least it's not dangerous, as the Motobecane is.

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Sources: Tekniikan Maailma (Finland)

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