Can anyone identify...

Discussion in 'UK Motorcycles' started by Tim Downie, May 6, 2011.

  1. Tim Downie

    Tim Downie Guest brother's bike that I rode 37 years ago? ;-)

    If you want a clue, I vaguely remember that it was probably a Suzuki, a 100
    or 125 (ish). It might even have been a B100P. What made it particularly
    odd (or at least I think so) was that it has a split range gearbox.

    It had 3 low and three high range gears, the range was selected by a small
    rocker lever above the regular gear changer. I seem to recall that it had
    vaguely "off-road" pretentions (definitely pretentions, not capabilities)
    and that the low range was so low it was pretty useless for anything.

    I've tried googling but I guess I'm just not phrasing my searches properly
    because I'm not having any luck.

    One last clue, it might not have been a Suzuki at all. ;-) I reckon the
    gearbox must have been pretty unique though.

    Tim Downie, May 6, 2011
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    Colin Irvine Guest

    ^^^^^^ ^^^^^^

    Colin Irvine, May 6, 2011
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    Steve Guest

    If the gearbox was unique it might not have been a Suzuki and it
    might not have a been a 100 or a 125:
    Steve, May 6, 2011
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    CT Guest

    I'd be surprised if TOG hadn't bid on that...
    CT, May 6, 2011
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    Krusty Guest

    That's speshal.
    Krusty, May 6, 2011
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    Ian Guest


    Listed as a Sports Tourer too. ;)
    Ian, May 6, 2011
  7. Probably a Suzuki TC of some sort, like a TS but with dual range
    Speedgazebo MOTP #1, May 6, 2011
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    Scraggy Guest

    Well, quite, its only slightly unique at best...
    Scraggy, May 6, 2011
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    Tim Downie Guest

    I knew as soon as I posted that someone would point out that you can't have
    "pretty unique"

    How about "almost one of a kind"? ;-)

    Tim Downie, May 6, 2011
  10. Suzuki TC125 Trailcat
    [email protected], May 6, 2011
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    Tim Downie Guest

    Nah, nothing like that BUT, the high/low shifter looks right so that would
    strengthen the supposition that it was a Suzuki. For a start, my brother's
    bike didn't have particualrly long range suspension travel and the mudguards
    were fixed to the lower ends of the forks IIRC with small clearances twixt
    tyre & guard.

    That's way too modern too. ;-) It was back in 73/74 when I rode it and it
    wasn't a new bike then.

    Tim Downie, May 6, 2011
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    Pete Fisher Guest

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    Indeed. In fact some designers recognised the potential of the gearbox
    and used the motor for bikes with serious off-road pretensions.
    Disparagingly referred to by some riders of proper trials bikes at the
    time as "clockwork mice". I remember reading an account of the SSDT
    featuring watching such a machine do "pipeline", just after an AJS 350
    16C had done the same section.
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