1974 Suzuki TM 400 Motocrosser

When Cycle World reviewed this motorcycle in 1974, their opening comment was: “still untamed.” The machine was considered an unwieldy beast. The Suzuki TM400 had a bad reputation. It’s a machine that had wicked power, and when you gave it gas, “it torqued the frame”. The suspension also had a bad rap. When we bought this 74 Suzuki the previous owner had figured out a few solutions to its rideability: he outfitted it with a Chrome-Moly Works replica frame and modified the front and rear suspension. The bike also has a 5-speed close-ratio transmission and an air-cooled two-stroke single engine putting out 40HP. It’s really one fine machine.

Modified suspension front and rear.
Chrome Moly Works replica frame