1966 Suzuki X6 Hustler - race conversion
Posted 04 November 2006 - 19:59
The bike started life as a 1966 Suzuki X6 Hustler (250cc twin) and has a been professionally converted to a full-on road racer. It has a full bodyfairing and "clip-on" style handlebars and expansion chambers that are unmuffled. The bike has a long squared cafe' style gas tank and a very short seat with a "bobbed" fiberglass rear fender. I am told that this was a Ron Grant conversion, repotredly done in Canada. I have visited some web sites and confirmed the X6 hustler origin of the bike, but have been unable to find info on the conversion. It is surely a professional job as everything is pure to performance in design and execution. Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Posted 04 November 2006 - 22:11
Posted 05 November 2006 - 07:44
You are exactly correct. I know this bike saw some duty on the tracks in Europe and had several designations, depending on location and intended market. In it's original form it also was called the T 120 and later T 121 with a few minor changes. The X5 Hustler also preceded the X6, but as the name implies, it utilized a 5 speed gearbox. I'm told that the 5 speed proved to be stronger than the 6 speed, but that later refinements improved the 6 speed units.
I'm still trying to learn more about Ron Grant and his involvement with this machine.
Thanks for your response and interest in the bike.
Posted 05 November 2006 - 09:26
Posted 05 November 2006 - 18:44
Thank you greatly for the additional info. My motorcycle is in storage in a location about 60 miles from me so I can't take photos at this time. Due to a minor crash the my father suffered on the bike the windscreen and body fairing are in need of repiar. The bike is otherwise fully repaired and running (some time ago now). I don't have any recent photos of the bike, but I will look to see if I, or my father, have any from our track days that I can post for you. The bike is bright orange and carries the number 12 in a white oval. I hope to have the windscreen replaced in the near future and the fairing repainted (it has now been repaired). I have yet to track down someone to form the new windscreen. Thanks again.
Posted 05 November 2006 - 19:14
I'll keep you posted as to what I can find out and if I can track anybody down that may be able to help, I'll point you in their direction.
Posted 07 November 2006 - 00:39
Thanks to both of you for these linksand information. Both are great links and I have greatly enjoyed spending time checking out the info there. I had no idea that these bikes had the following that they seem to enjoy. I have already learned a great deal about these bikes and it has really peaked my interedst in getting this thing back on the track. I'm still trying to learn more about Ron Grant who performed the GP racing conversion on this bike. Many thanks.