Suter MMX 500 in the PS driving report

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Suter MMX 500 in the PS driving report

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As the only magazine in Germany, PS was allowed to test the Suter MMX 500 at the Lausitzring!

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Fine racing fork from Ohlins with gas pressure tank at the fork base and finely adjustable damping. The button is attached to the left of the short-stroke throttle.

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There is no “old school” at the Suter: a modern automatic switch with a blipper function.

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I never would have thought, but it’s true – to some extent!

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The Suter MMX 500 with Ian Lougher on the Isle of Man at this year’s Senior TT.

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The Suter MMX 500 with Ian Lougher on the Isle of Man at this year’s Senior TT.

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The Suter MMX 500 with Ian Lougher on the Isle of Man at this year’s Senior TT.

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Ian Lougher on the Isle of Man at this year’s Senior TT.

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Driving a 500cc two-stroke super sports car is like an accolade. Anyone who can raise the money for a Suter MMX 500 can permanently feel like a nobleman among the racing enthusiasts and experience something very rare.

Uwe Seitz

07/12/2016

Valentino Rossi once said: “You’re not a real racer if you haven’t driven a two-stroke 500.” That gnaws at you, because how can you correct that today with the steadily advancing two-stroke death? But now Suter has a brand new 500, the MMX, which Ian Lougher brought home in 34th place at this year’s Senior TT on the Isle of Man and achieved an impressive lap average of almost 190 km / h. There should be a small series of 99 pieces. And then there was actually an exclusive invitation: PS was the only magazine in Germany to test the Suter MMX 500 at the Lausitzring!

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Even warming up the four-cylinder – the smell, the background noise – gave you goose bumps. Finally the time had come, Eskil Suter gave me the sign, and with a pounding heart and slightly trembling hands I got into the saddle. Because what hasn’t you heard from 500 heroes like Doohan, Schwantz or Rossi about the “beasts”? Brutal use of power, no engine braking torque, terrible drops!

Crazy low weight

It is therefore with due respect that we go into the first round. Due to the winding path of the Lausitz piste, the insanely low weight of the Suter MMX 500 is immediately noticeable. It should be just under 130 kilos, and you can believe it immediately because of the almost unresisted change of direction. Accordingly, the Suter can be directed easily into the last close left on the back straight, where I then resolutely open the gas for the first time and wait with all my senses excited and composed for what was told about nasty two-stroke 500s.

But nothing happens, or rather: The Suter threatens to die under me. Out of sheer caution, I turned carefully in second gear, which is why the engine speeds have fallen below the 8000 rpm mark. The four-cylinder now seems to be choking on that. Zero propulsion, instead a choking from the engine and exhaust pipes. In a panic, I pull the clutch slightly. The speeds shoot up again, exceed 10,000 rpm, and when I then completely release the traction again, it pulls me forward as if fired by a rubber band – on the rear wheel! Shift to third gear with the automatic gearshift before something rolls over! The Suter MMX 500 does not want to calm down, however, it continues to stand on the rear wheel and whips along the straight with crazy screeches as if being followed by the devil. Finally, in the fourth, the front wheel touches down again, just in time to engage the five and then first of all to take off the accelerator early and apply the brakes.


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As the only magazine in Germany, PS was allowed to test the Suter MMX 500 at the Lausitzring!

The engine already has braking torque, albeit not nearly as much as a fat four-stroke 1000. On the other hand, the low weight does not push so brutally. The Brembo stoppers decelerate excellently, but the de Suter MMX 500 fork looks a bit spongy. It doesn’t give a good feel for the front wheel when I finally turn. The following change of direction works quite well, but on the long left to the next straight, the motorcycle does not provide such crisp feedback from the front as you know from fine race irons. In addition, there is the two-stroke peculiarity that you either accelerate or keep it closed.

The Suter MMX 500 acknowledges hanging games with half throttle as with the four-stroke engine first with ignorance, then with violent jumping. It will get better with time and a few laps of experience, but is that all? Technician Alessandro Giussani explains to me later in the pits: “That’s still Ian’s set-up from the TT. He lowered the stern for more stability on the many fast and undulating straight-ahead passages. The old hand liked the throttle response. “

That can be done even better

And then Alessandro broke with everything I had known about two-strokes so far. Instead of hours of puzzling out the right spray, with which the Dang-dang-dang faction in the paddock robbed you of sleep at night, he plugged the laptop into the control unit that regulates the modern injection, greased it digitally here, made it digitally lean and finally nodded, after colleague Reto Karrer had adjusted the chassis of the Suter MMX 500.

Less than 20 minutes later I ironed the Lausitzring again and soon knew why nobody can be a real racer who hasn’t experienced that. The Suter whipped around the ring like crazy, but now forgave one or the other four-stroke meander and spoiled with a handling, a lightness and precision – I wish that would never end! With the gears perfectly selected, the Suter MMX 500 pulled so powerfully out of the corners that it always put it in an inclined position on the rear wheel. At the same time, however, it was so stable that I was able to stay on the accelerator with less fear. A blipper was used to go into the lower gears in the braking zones, the motor helped appropriately when decelerating, the fork transparently braced itself against the forces and the brakes could be perfectly dosed right up to the top. Then on the gas again, and the madness began again. The engine now pulls surprisingly powerful and then explodes violently over 9000 rpm. Needless to say, how greedily the four-cylinder turns. It vibrates finer than you know from a four-stroke V4, but all in all this power reactor runs surprisingly smoothly.

Suter MMX 500 costs 110,000 euros

It is also interesting to know from Reto’s that they initially used 13 liters of fuel per lap (over 60 kilometers) at the TT, but gradually reduced consumption to below 11 liters. In terms of the mixture, they have stayed at slightly over four percent, but the Suter MMX 500 would get along very well with just under three. The engine has to be overhauled every 2500 kilometers, which is a relatively long time for a real racing rocket.

The feeling of riding a bike with a rocket engine remains unforgettable. This requires maximum concentration, but with its low weight it saves a lot of grain compared to the heavy four-stroke 1000s. How predictable the Suter was after Alessandro’s digital cure made this two-stroke fascination perfect for me. Firing 190 horsepower at 130 pounds is like nothing I’ve ever experienced on a four-stroke motorcycle. So I now belong to the group of people Rossi describes as a real racer. Even if only for a short time, because 110,000 euros for the Suter MMX 500 are certainly justified for this well-made thing, but unfortunately beyond my possibilities.

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