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The Suter MMX 500 To Race At 2016 Isle Of Man TT

A little while ago, we showed you the awesome two-stroke machine, and now we’ve got better news for you: it’s going to race in this year’s Isle of Man TT. After gaining special permission, the Suter machine will go up against the likes of the BMW and Kawasaki Ninja in the Superbike and Senior classes. Now, you might be thinking that a 576cc machine will be left far behind the 1000s, but let’s not forget: this is a two-stroke, Suter machine, that produces 195 hp, built upon years of Suter racing history. It’s got more than enough grunt to play with the big boys.

The Swiss outfit have not only provided the bike with a top-notch fuel-injected two-stroke, V4 engine that revs up to 13,000 rpm, but they’ve also opted for specially made titanium exhausts from Akrapovic, a special six speed transmission with a multi-disc, dry “SuterClutch” unit. While the engine and transmission is all good, they’ve also spent their efforts on the MMX 500’s other bits and pieces. The frame is a gorgeous CNC machined aluminum assembly, that’s been engineered to make almost everything fully adjustable; this includes the steering, riding position, wheelbase and bike height, which is complimented by a fully adjustable swing arm. Other features include race spec Öhlins suspension, Brembo brakes and the ability to ride on OZ magnesium or aluminum wheels. Let’s not forget the carbon fiber tank and body work too…

At the moment, Suter haven’t said if they’re giving their machinery to an already established TT racing team, or whether they’re fielding their own. However, the ’s Marketing Director, Philip Soutter mentioned that Suter have been negotiating with two former TT winners as possible pilots. Who those “two” are, remains a mystery but we expect to hear something soon.

Regardless of who rides the MMX 500, company boss and former rider Eskil Suter is very confident of the machine’s ability to compete on the Snaefell Mountain course: “For us this is the perfect testing ground. Suter has built up knowledge and understanding on the specifications in recent years, by constructing modules, complete motorcycles or as supplier to all Grand Prix classes. We have a phenomenally good power to weight ratio. She drives like a bicycle with rocket propulsion.” Let’s hope the smaller two stroke machine can provide a challenge for the already well-established Yamaha, Kawasaki, Honda and BMW machines.

If you feel like fielding your own team, open your wallet and pay Suter $121,500 for one of your own, or wait until they develop a road going version instead. You’ll have to wait until the TT to see the MMX 500 in its full glory, but there’s also talk of a supercharged version in the pipeline to compete at in 2017 – which would be awesome.

Regardless of how it fairs in the races, let’s hope that other manufacturers remember the humble two-stroke in their future “heritage” lines – I don’t think I’m ready to see the fade into obscurity, which sadly is the way things are going.

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Joe Appleton
About Joe Appleton

I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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