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Suzuki GT500 model history 1975 – 1977

1975 Suzuki GT500 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.

GT 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.

1976 Suzuki GT500 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.

GT 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.

1977 Suzuki GT500 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.

GT 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.

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