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Suzuki TM400 - 1971
The American motocross market met the TM400 with much anticipation and excitement. After all, Suzuki had just won the 250cc World Championship with Joel Robert and the 500cc World Championship with Roger DeCoster. Customers expected a production machine similar to the championship machines.

The TM400, with its “feather-trigger” power proved to be almost unrideable for all but the best racers. The handling was just as unforgiving and the TM’s were much heavier than the bikes of Robert and DeCoster. Unfortunately, the TM’s were also prone to frame and engine problems.

The most common modifications to make the bikes more competitive and “less deadly” was installing a heavier flywheel and lowering the engine in the frame.

Restoration was done by Jeff Weier and the machine now resides in the Owen Vintage Motorcycle Collection.

Owner – Kelly Owen.

Images are property of The Early Years of Motocross Museum, ®2006