Found in a New Zealand shed.
Suzuki fans, here's a pic of a couple of TR replicas I recently picked
up with the plan of racing them in NZ's classic scene. Built by a
craftsman named John Anderson they are reasonable replicas of the
mighty TR 500 and TR 250, the porting is supposed to be TR spec. I got
them in Tuakau, they were built by John Anderson, its not a Steve
Roberts frame, although it will be just as good. It was copied from an
original air cooled TR frame, and also incorporates elements of an
original water cooled TR frame that was also available for the maker to
copy. At the moment they are covered in dust, and need a bit of TLC.
When I saw them they spoke to me...buy us....and after a couple of
beers and a handshake deal with the owner having settled on a
reasonable price, they were mine. The plan is to have them singing in
time for the "Burt Munro Memorial Street Race" on the 26th of November
in Wyndham, Southland (if you are in New Zealand at this time this
wekend will be an epic showcase of motorcycle racing with beach,
circuit, street and speedway events all held in the Invercargill
region...go to http://www.southlandnz.com/ for details). I'll post more
on the bikes when they are up and running, hopefully the TR500 replica
will give me the power I need to beat the Honda CB750's that dominate
our pre 72 class racing.
like to thank Muzza for his great website, its been very interesting
and inspiring, and the pics of the early Australian racing days are
excellent. I'd like to know more about his T500 racer with the 2 in to
1 expansion chamber...how it went, power characteristics, etc. The only
other 2 stroke I have seen with 2 cylinders breathing in to 1 chamber
is the Koenig, if it works why isn't it more common...it must be a lot
easier to only have to make one expansion chamber for the T500 instead
of 2 eh?
Ed. 2 into 1s are
great fun but they don't make enough top end to be competitive on most
tracks...they work mighty good on the road though where top end is not