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PostPosted: Mon Dec 24, 2012 11:57 am 
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argo1974 wrote:
BTW, does your manual have corrections made on page 33?

Both of mine appear to have the same page 33 Argo - no differences. And they both have the same photo of the grease nipples on the cables shown on page 58, Fig 65, and both actually specifically recommend greasing the cables on page 33, as well as the photo on page 58 (along with the other photos showing additional grease points - and the grease nipple in the clutch cover and on the swing arm of later models are not visible in any of the photos).

As I think I mentioned- my original is a bit worn so that one photo of the frame number was not clear - I have updated the on-line frame/engine list with the owner manual numbers 8)

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:46 am 
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Location: Strathmore
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Bikes owned: 1968 suzuki cobra,1970 suzuki ts90,
I am new to this site specifically, I rescued a 69 t500 slated for a chop (believe it or not ) the previous owner said it was an import from london england, and it is black, lots of parts are damaged or missing but in my eyes (having restored many bikes) is all there. my vin is in the 14xxx both frame and motor, I was told by some peeps of vjmgo that it should be a short wheelbase but mine is a long.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 31, 2013 2:24 pm 
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Builder53 wrote:
..........my vin is in the 14xxx both frame and motor, I was told by some peeps of vjmgo that it should be a short wheelbase but mine is a long.

A 14xxx number would place it as being a mid series MK I, so nominally a 1968 model, but may have been registered later. So far as the short swing arm - I really doubt it. Take a look at the T500 link on this page for frame/engine numbers that have been bracketed so far. Do you have a few photos ? And where in Canada are you ? There is another fellow on this board in Ontario, and here in Alberta, a fellow in Edmonton and myself (Calgary) also working on the same model.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:08 pm 
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oldjapanesebikes wrote:
Builder53 wrote:
..........my vin is in the 14xxx both frame and motor, I was told by some peeps of vjmgo that it should be a short wheelbase but mine is a long.

A 14xxx number would place it as being a mid series MK I, so nominally a 1968 model, but may have been registered later. So far as the short swing arm - I really doubt it. Take a look at the T500 link on this page for frame/engine numbers that have been bracketed so far. Do you have a few photos ? And where in Canada are you ? There is another fellow on this board in Ontario, and here in Alberta, a fellow in Edmonton and myself (Calgary) also working on the same model.


I am in Strathmore Ian, pics are horrible and the bike was dusty when I pulled her out of a old cube van.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 05, 2013 6:15 pm 
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Strathmore ? Heck, that's practically just around the corner ! :up: If you are interested in getting together for a coffee, just PM or email me. 8)

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:25 pm 
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This is my 1968 Suzuki T500 Cobra. I have been restoring it for the past 2 Years and Just today I Got it on the road!!!!! Man Im sosososososos pumped too bad its raining :D

My Chassis and Engine Number Is 11477!!!!


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:28 pm 
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Pardon the fenders I Have these on the bike till I rechrome the originals, as for the Candy gold meter cups im just trying them on for the flavor but I love red so im going to stick with it!!!!!


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 1:41 am 
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i have a 1971 t500 i am trying to find the frame number there is no numbers on the frame neck is it stamped else where


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PostPosted: Thu Jun 13, 2013 9:43 am 
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One of my vintage Suzukis has the stamped frame number under the frame data plate.
Yours might be there same.

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 1:40 am 
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jabcb wrote:
One of my vintage Suzukis has the stamped frame number under the frame data plate.
Yours might be there same.

thanks for your help the data plate is off and i have sanded all the paint of and there is no numbers there i will have to keep on sanding the rest of the frame


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 9:09 am 
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2TICKLASSIC wrote:
Pardon the fenders I Have these on the bike till I rechrome the originals, as for the Candy gold meter cups im just trying them on for the flavor but I love red so im going to stick with it!!!!!

That is in nice shape - and you appear to have the air pump ? :up: :up:

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 14, 2013 11:29 am 
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Thanks for all the info, while I know that the '75 is the least exciting of the bunch, you've helped me figure out

1. Why my frame and engine numbers don't match
2. That my bike really is a '75 and
3. That I won't mess up something completely rare in working on this bike. :wink:

For the record, my frame # is 76253 and engine # is 76277

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 28, 2014 2:29 am 
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Emailed to Ian directly - but just aquired T500 MkIII - Manufacturing date is 7/70 and has matching engine and vin of T500 30608.

Headstock plate is there and legible / the vin is stamped on the headstock too with 0608 not covered by the plate, and of course the engine is clearly stamped. So all looks to be in order to be a credible point on the T500 timeline


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PostPosted: Sun Jun 29, 2014 10:42 am 
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akendall1966 wrote:
Emailed to Ian directly - but just aquired T500 MkIII - Manufacturing date is 7/70 and has matching engine and vin of T500 30608.

Welcome and hello ! :up:

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 01, 2017 6:27 pm 
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Trying to find out correct age etc of my T500 as it isregistered incorrectly. It is a T500-31924. It also has a cheese cutter on the gas tank, know these came out in 1970, but think engine and frame is 71, Any help would be great. Thanks


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