It’s a bold move to name your motorcycle “Champion”, but in 1972 suzuki felt confident enough because their works RH 250cc racer had just been piloted to a World Championship title in 1971 by Joel Robert.
Though it shared some cosmetic similarities with the RH factory racer, the production bike was heavily based on the TS250 trail bike, with a nearly identical frame and motor. The 250cc two-stroke engine was good for 30 hp thanks to a 34mm Mikuni carburetor, pointless electronic ignition, suzuki’s Posi-Force lubrication system, and a compression ratio of 7.5:1.
The distinctive Aspen Yellow livery was complemented by black stripe on the tank and number plates and a blacked-out frame, engine, and exhaust. It weighed 220 pounds dry, and suzuki leaned heavily on the success of the RH-71 when it came to marketing. “If it were for sale, the suzuki 250 that just won its second consecutive world motocross championship would cost about $15,000. We’ll sell you the closest thing to it – the TM-250 – for only $950.”
In this picture we see American Motocross Champion John "Flyin' Hawaiian" DeSoto with his brother Don. DeSoto was one of the early pioneers of motocross in America and won the 1973 AMA 250 Motocross National in Toledo, Ohio. In the mid-70s he even represented the US in the Motocross des Nations and was inducted into the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1999.
Today TM250J’s are very sought after for classic twin-shock scrambles, with considerable amounts of money are exchanged for even the poorest of examples.
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issued: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
updated: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
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