Gaunt Suzuki

GAUNT SUZUKI T120 TRIALS 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION OF GAUNT SUZUKI 120 TRIAL FROM 1968,

ENGINE: 128cc Suzuki derived from Suzuki trail Bearcat 
single cylinder, two stroke, 
bore and stroke 54 x 56.mm
light alloy cylinder and barrel,
compression ratio: 11:1,
carburettor: Mikuni 22mm bore,
air filter impregnated paper,
ignition: Denso energy transfer,
Transmission: 3-speed with 2-speed multiplicator,
bottom: 23,54 (44,53 lower gearing),
second: 14,04 (27,73),
top: 10,51 (20,92),
clutch: multiple plate,
primary drive: helical gears,
secondary: chain, 5/16,
frame: designed by Suzuki, pressed in steel, backbone spine type,
suspension:
front: Suzuki telescopic front fork with hydraulic damping,
rear: Girling schocks, 3 position, spring and hydraulic damping,
wheels: steel rims, front 2.75 x 21", rear 4.00 x 18",
tyres: Dunlop Universal trial,
fuel tank: steel chromed 1/2 gallon capacity,
oil tank: 1 and 1/4 pint,
weight dry: 175 lb ,
exhaust system: upswept type,
rear chain: protecton with chain guard,
manufacturer in 1968:
PETER GAUNT,
21 NEW LAITHES GARDENS,
HORSFORTH NR LEEDS,
YORKS, GREAT BRITAIN.
price in 1968: £ 235 including VAT,

source "Motor Cycle" newspaper 24 January 1968, page 23.

Peter Gaunt is one of the icons of British trial. Not only as a pilot, but also as a designer of small displacement motorcycles. Nobody thought these bikes could compete with double displacement motorcycles like Greeves or motorised specials like Villiers.

Gaunt was riding the great Royal Enfields and his beautiful and peculiar motorised special Ducati mono 4 strokes.

The story began in1967, when Peter Gaunt started preparing Suzukis for Suzuki GB. Some pilots were using a bi-cylindrical 250, while others like Gaunt a MiniB100P. His bikes collected many successes in races and Suzuki GB decided to sponsor three pilots: Don Barrett, Ian Hiller and Peter Gaunt with a trial version prepared by Gaunt himself.

Gaunt obtained many successful results in trial competitions ad started producing exact copies of his motorcycle. At this point, Suzuki GB decided to commission the production of these replicas to a company called Alta. They created the strong Suzuki-Alta team with pilots like brothers Alan and Martin Lampkin (yes, Martin, the father of the seven times world champion Dougie!) and Peter Gaunt.

The very young Martin Lampkin got the fourth place in the general ranking in the 1969 six Scottish days. The greatest confirmation of the potential of this motorbike! Surprisingly, that same year Suzuki GB informed Peter that it would stop supplying Suzuki engines for his special. Instead of starting a quarrel, Gaunt replied presenting a new prototype of trial motorcycle with a 98cc Jawa engine.. but this is another story.

Peter Gaunt, what a great trial rider and trials bikes DESIGNER !!!  

 

 Warmest wishes from Italy!

 

Justyn Norek

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