Chris Ulrich of Roadracing World had the chance to swing a leg over the first Suter MMX 500 to arrive in the USA and we thought you would like to see it too
Wanna ride a 190-hp two-stroke GP bike that weighs less than 300 pounds? Well, if you can pony up $127,000 for one of the 99 to be built by Suter Racing of Switzerland, you’re in luck.
So far the only lucky test rider in the States has been Chris Ulrich of Roadracing World, who was suitably impressed. (The image above is IOM TT racer Ian Lougher testing the bike in April, 2016. -Ed.)
“I grew up watching 500cc two-strokes racing in the GPs,” said Ulrich. “I memorized the 1990 and 1991 seasons and could tell you everything that happened, race by race. The Suter MMX 500 is a true, die-hard enthusiast’s bike, something you buy to experience a modern version of 500 Grand Prix racebikes. The guys at Suter used modern engine technology, modern chassis design and modern tire performance so us mere mortals can ride a bike that only the racing gods could ride before. And it did not disappoint.”
A supplier of racing components, Suter built the 500 in-house, using a 576cc V4 with twin counter-rotating crankshafts. Bore and stroke is 56.00mm by 58.5mm, fed by Mectronic electronic port fuel injection, producing 190 horsepower at 13,000 rpm. The twin-spar aluminum frame is adjustable for steering angle, ride height, wheelbase and swingarm pivot. Akrapovic provided the exhaust system, Öhlins suspension is fitted, Brembo brakes, and OZ 17-inch magnesium wheels. With carbon fiber bodywork and fuel tank, the. claimed dry weight is 279 pounds (127 kg).
Ulrich’s full report on test riding the Suter MMX 500 is scheduled for the March 2017 issue of Roadracing World & Motorcycle Technology but you can check out his first look at the bike online right now. They have a few video clips of the bike at speed so you can hear that V4 howling. The MMX500 pictured below is the Yamaha Replica livery. It is also available in a Cagiva livery or simply black carbon fiber. All of which are tasty looking.