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Suzuki T500 Cobra MK I Rebuild

This was a fairly complete Suzuki T500 MK I 'Cobra' that was first registered in the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada in 1969. It came with a couple of boxes of bits and I bought it from my friend Fred (head of the local 'Loyal Order of Water Buffalo' here in here in Calgary). The bike appeared to have many of the hard to find parts specific to that model, and so provided me an opportunity to 'bookend' the production series, given I just recently finished a 1977 GT500 which was the last year of production.

The MK I had a number of 'one year only' features:

Below are a few photos of the bike as delivered (click on any image for a larger version):