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Classic Steel #4: 1984 Suzuki RM500

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  1. Excellent article Tony Blazier! You certainly know your oats when it comes to anything related to Motocross, enduro, trail, and street/road motorcycles. Ok ok let’s just say anything related to motorcycling. I owned a 1981 Suzuki RM 465X back in ’84 here in New Zealand. Bike had previously been raced by a local who really knew how to ride/race the most powerful motocross bikes back then. I wanted to get maximum speed runs off-road on the RM and so I tall geared it, fitted a Boyesen reed to smooth out the engine’s insane powerband, and used BelRay 2stroke oil [really expensive even back then!}. I wondered about using alcohol/ethanol for fuel however as I wasn’t the smartest mathematician in the class I didn’t want to miscalculate fuel/oil ratios and run the engine excessively lean causing the piston to melt on top…easily done especially when doing high speed runs over say 10-20 minutes+…I couldn’t afford to repair a blown engine on apprentice automotive engineer wages back then. Here’s a link to my 1981 Suzuki RM 465X and all of the 10 motorcycles I owned from 1981 to 1990 – the story to my last motorcycle has a twist: https://www.flickr.com/photos/35707376@N00/50855348636/in/album-72157713681398176/

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