1976 SUZUKI RM370
WHAT THEY COST
The suggested retail price was $1200. And, on
the collector’s market, you’d be surprised to learn
that these “Best Open MX Bike Ever” machines are
available at discount rates. Expect to pay $4000 for
a really nice original example.
RM125A, RM250A and RM370A.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR
You want to get the original Kayaba rear shocks,
4-inch-long silencer, stamped-steel through-the-frame pipe and artistic aluminum tank. The
original plastic fenders and side panels are
Contact Vintage Suzuki in Oceanside,
California, at (760) 599-0115 and on the web at
Robert, and they did. World Championships came to
Suzuki as a result.
Suzuki followed up in 1971 with a production TM
model that didn’t remotely resemble its factory race
bikes. The TMs came in 125, 250 and 400 versions.
These machines were woefully lacking, even compared
to Yamaha’s weak offerings of the era. For the next four
years the manufacturers just put lipstick on pigs.
Fast-forward to 1976. The Suzuki engineers went to
work and built a completely new machine, using every
bit of ingenuity that came from the efforts of backyard
mechanics and lessons learned from previous failures.
Of all the MXers introduced in 1976, the Suzuki RM370
was far superior to any of the other Japanese Open
bikes. Why? It was lightweight, the frame was durable,
handling was in the ballpark, the power was usable, and
the suspension travel was over 9 inches. For a Japanese
Open bike, it was quite easy to ride. And, with Roger
DeCoster winning the Trans-AMA series in 1976, we all