Just in case you needed yet another reason to count down the days until the Isle of Man TT, here’s one: Suter’s tasty MMX500 two-stroke will be entering with 10-time TT winner Ian Lougher riding it – and the man himself has told REAL-RIDERS that he can’t wait.
Suter MMX500 will be making an appearance in the Superbike and Senior TT races in June, and is packing a 576cc V4 engine which kicks out 195bhp while weighing a rather svelte 127kg. It’s capable of 190mph and even Eskil Suter, the former bike racer who’s behind the machine, has modestly described its performance as being “like a rocket.”
We can’t wait to see how Suter MMX500 performs in the hands of Lougher, who’s coming out of retirement after winning his impressive haul of TT titles between 1990 and 2009. “It’s a beautiful bike,” he told RealRiders in an exclusive chat.
“When Suter first asked me I thought they were joking, but then I suppose there aren’t that many people with the experience of riding a big two-stroke these days. I think 1999 was the last time I rode a 500 at the TT, and I got the fastest two-stroke record.”
So did he have any reservations about coming out of retirement? “It took me less than five minutes to say yes,” he smiles. “If it hadn’t been a two-stroke I wouldn’t have bothered, but Suter MMX500 is such an amazing and unusual bike and I think it’ll suit me down to the ground. I certainly wouldn’t be doing it if it was some garden shed bike – I’ve been to the Suter factory and it blows your mind. No one knows quite what to expect but I won’t be wobbling around the course, that’s for sure.”
If you fancy an Suter MMX500 of your own, you’ll need to be quick and wadded: only 99 are being made, at a cost of 120,000 each. So will Suter be giving Ian one of them as a thank you for coming out of retirement? “That’d be nice,” he laughs. “I think they’d like to make them for the road one day, so you never know…”