ONE OF TWO MAGNIFICENT TWINS in our showroom.
In the April 1971 CYCLE GUIDE test report on the 1971 Suzuki TM-400R Cyclone they offered up that, “The new Suzuki TM 400R Cyclone is the first real grand prix class moto-crosser to come out of Japan yet”. They also stated that, “the TM 400R has the capability to make a winner out of an also ran”. In the July 1971 issue of POPULAR CYCLING they were a bit more critical of the 1971 TM-400R saying, “It’s not perfect but you have to start somewhere”. Again, however, acknowledging that this was indeed the first truly serious dedicated moto-crosser to come out of Japan. It is no wonder that the TM-400R is still, to this day, acknowledged as the “genesis” of the soon to come dominance in world class moto-cross racing as Suzuki went “ALL IN” in hiring Swede, Olle Petterson, Belgians Sylvain Goebers, Joel Robert, and Roger DeCoster as team development riders on the European circuit.
The 1971 TM-400R Cyclone is considered by many to be the single most collectible Japanese off road racer today. The TM-400R was produced from 1971-1975 and every year saw evolutionary improvements in both handling and motor tractability. Because of its fire breathing high horsepower 396cc and its somewhat stiff suspension and high center of gravity, the 1971 TM-400R Cyclone was nicknamed “THE WIDOW-MAKER”, by some, for its tendency to eject riders that were anything less than judicious in their use of that amazing power over anything but smooth terrain. Most of the bad habits were weaned out over the 5-year run of production and the final 1975 TM-400R was a stellar mount.
So, here is your opportunity to own a genuine piece of “Motocross History”, the true “Widow-maker”, the 1971 model. This beauty (and its twin, yes we currently have two of these magnificent steeds in our inventory, can you ever have too many TM-400Rs?) was professionally restored to concours condition and needs absolutely nothing but a proud new owner. Like many of the historically significant MXers of this era, most TM-400Rs are now on display in museums, penthouse executive office foyers, or prominent private collections. To the best of our knowledge, these are the only two examples of the 1971 Suzuki TM-400R Cyclone/Widow-maker currently available for acquisition in the USA.
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