1971 Suzuki T125 Stinger

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The Suzuki T series bikes were all two stroke parallel twins that had some serious impact on the way Americans looked at motorcycles. Two stroke twins were not unknown in the motorcycle universe in the late ‘60s, but Suzuki brought power, speed and flair to the market with their Ts. Most famous is probably the T20 (known in America as the X-6 Hustler) that brought a six speed transmission and 100 MPH capability right to the showroom.

Introduced in 1969, the Stinger brought racy good looks and power to the dance. The marriage of the power packed twin and a 5 speed transmission gave it plenty of speed. The design and look gave it that ‘something’ that most every bike looks for. It built up a significant cult like following during the four years it was in production.

By 1971 Suzuki had made some well received changes to the model, and the ‘trend line’ on Hagerty is sharply up over the last three years. The Stinger is clearly becoming a collectible bike.

The 1971 Suzuki T125 Stinger used a 124 CC air cooled two stroke parallel twin motor that made 15 HP with a 5 speed transmission and automatic oil injection. Telescopic front forks in front, twin rear shocks and drum brakes on both ends with a dry weight of only 211 LBS made the Stinger a very potent eighth liter bike.

This particular 1971 T125 Stinger is located in Dallas, Texas and is listed as a 2,510 mile newly overhauled survivor. The listing has a number of new/redone items, but the tach and speedo do not work. The bike shows some deficiencies, and the lack of a title would concern me. The bike is currently bid at $510 with reserve not met

Sources:
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Classic Motorbikes
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