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2016 Isle of Man TT - 500cc 2-Stroke in the races!
« on: February 15, 2016, 09:51:42 am »
Suter's new 500GP inspired two-stroke racer has been given special permission to compete in this year's Isle of Man TT!

The MMX 500 was unveiled last September as a solution to the dwindling supply of parts for the original 500GP machines competing in events such as last year's inaugural 'World GP Bike Legends', attended by the likes of Kevin Schwantz, Wayne Gardner and Freddie Spencer.

However Eskil Suter's ambitions extend well beyond 'classic' racing and the bike will now go head-to-head with modern Superbike machinery in June's Superbike and Senior TT races, where rules allow four-strokes of up to 1200cc.

Suter is believed to be negotiating with two high-profile British riders and the first confirmed signing is expected shortly.

"We are currently negotiating with two former TT winners who know the track off by heart,” confirmed Suter's marketing director Philippe Soutter.

Announced last September under the tagline 'The Beast Is Back', 99 of the limited edition Suters are planned for production, each with a price tag of 120,000 euros.

The machines are powered by a 576cc V4 engine (“We were so anxious that we ended up having a displacement of 576ccm… Who could blame us?”) producing 195hp for a weight of 127kg and estimated top speed of 310km/h (193mph).

"We have a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio. It's like a rocket,” said Eskil Suter, who is also planning a road version of the MMX 500 in the near future. "And that's why we what the MMX 500 to enter the toughest road race in the world. For us this is the perfect testing ground."

The bike also boasts electronic fuel injection and a counter-rotating crankshaft.

Whether Suter will run the MMX 500 TT project in-house, or join with an existing race team is still under discussion.

Suter Racing Technology began its association with grand prix two-strokes in the late 1990s, being 'deeply involved' in the Swissauto 500/MuZ that took two pole positions for Jurgen van den Goorbergh.

The company then went on to work with the likes of Foggy Petronas (WSBK), Kawasaki (MotoGP) and Ilmor (MotoGP) before winning three constructors' titles under its own name in the Moto2 category. Suter is rumoured to be working with Ducati on its 2016 MotoGP machine.

The fearsome 37.73-mile Isle of Man TT circuit formed part of the motorcycle grand prix calendar until 1976.


http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/226619/1/500cc-suter-enters-isle-of-man-tt.html
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Re: 2016 Isle of Man TT - 500cc 2-Stroke in the races!
« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2016, 09:54:18 am »
 :ricky: i like!!!
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Re: 2016 Isle of Man TT - 500cc 2-Stroke in the races!
« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2016, 10:04:31 am »
That is one neat piece of machinery. Will have to watch the TT
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Re: 2016 Isle of Man TT - 500cc 2-Stroke in the races!
« Reply #3 on: February 15, 2016, 10:10:27 am »
Wow

How do they get an almost 600cc bike with fairings and all down to 127kg ???

 

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Re: 2016 Isle of Man TT - 500cc 2-Stroke in the races!
« Reply #4 on: February 15, 2016, 11:15:35 am »
Very cool!

Spy video of the bike:

https://www.facebook.com/mediagarageit/videos/vb.462571807231931/532427046913073/?type=2&theater

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-iQNpyq0ZM" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-iQNpyq0ZM</a>


« Last Edit: February 15, 2016, 11:24:03 am by YamaV »
 

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Re: 2016 Isle of Man TT - 500cc 2-Stroke in the races!
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2016, 11:38:28 am »
Wow

How do they get an almost 600cc bike with fairings and all down to 127kg ???



The engine itself must be a good couple of kg's lighter than a similar sized 4 - stroke.  Also, is not build to sell for R200k, so I woul dguess, all sorts of special materials as well.
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Re: 2016 Isle of Man TT - 500cc 2-Stroke in the races!
« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2016, 12:26:24 pm »
Wow

How do they get an almost 600cc bike with fairings and all down to 127kg ???



Small exhaust pipes.......  ;)
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Re: 2016 Isle of Man TT - 500cc 2-Stroke in the races!
« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2016, 12:59:33 pm »
Would love to hear the sound
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Re: 2016 Isle of Man TT - 500cc 2-Stroke in the races!
« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2016, 10:22:55 pm »
There is a video clip floating around of Joey Dunlop on a Yamaha TZ500/750, accelerating away up in the mountain somewhere.

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« Reply #9 on: February 17, 2016, 05:37:58 pm »
There is a video clip floating around of Joey Dunlop on a Yamaha TZ500/750, accelerating away up in the mountain somewhere.

Hauntingly and gooseflesh-givingly good.

I love the sound of a V2.  The stream of an inline 4 is awesome,  but nothing sounds like a big 2-stroke in anger.
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« Reply #11 on: February 23, 2016, 05:10:50 pm »
Excellent. I'm a huge fan of 2 strokes.
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Re: 2016 Isle of Man TT - 500cc 2-Stroke in the races!
« Reply #12 on: February 23, 2016, 05:57:25 pm »
Wonder who the riders will be, brave men indeedly.
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« Reply #13 on: February 23, 2016, 07:30:06 pm »
Wonder who the riders will be, brave men indeedly.

Sadly not one of the big names. Ian Lougher will lead the Suter attack.   He is a 52 year old veteran of the IoM.
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