Suzuki T20 Super Six

Suzuki T20 Super Six 1960s Japanese classic motorcycle

For Suzuki, bikes like the T20 Super Six were a long time in the making. Originally, silk was the route to success for the Japanese company. Specifically, silk looms. In 1909, Michio Suzuki founded a firm to produce said items. It was not until '54 that Suzuki became ... well, Suzuki! For, it was in that year that its first bike was built - the 90cc 'Colleda'. It was taken straight to the Mount Fuji hill-climb - where it saw off all-comers. Motorcycles were never the same again.

Fast forward to '66. That was not only the year in which England won the World Cup ... but the one in which Suzuki served up the T20 Super Six. That was the bike which saw Suzuki go global. It was named the 'Super Six' after its 6-speed gearbox. But, the innovative engineering did not stop there. The bike's 2-stroke engine featured the 'Posi-Force' lubrication system. And, holding that engine securely in situ was Suzuki's first twin-cradle frame. That - as well as a dry weight of just 304lb - meant the T20 handled with aplomb. Add to that a top speed of 95mph - and the ingredients were there for a tasty two-wheeled dish. Bikers gobbled it up with relish. The Super Six was a success, sales-wise.

The T20 was a good-looking bike. A combination of lustrous paint and gleaming chrome made for a fetching finish. It was festooned with neat design flourishes. Its front-end - in particular - was drafted with panache. An intricately-spoked wheel, finely-crafted forks, and elegantly raised 'bars ... the T20 abounded with delightful detail. On a technical tip, its parallel-twin motor made 29bhp. Not a humongous number - but it arrived with a seamless fluidity belying its size. A landmark machine, then, from one of the great motorcycle marques. The Suzuki T20 Super Six mixed speed with style, to impressive effect.

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