Say hello to the Speedtractor T-71 VMX conceptSay hello to the Speedtractor T-71 VMX concept

Fancy a tasty vintage MX ride to spice up the daily commute? So did one of our mates, so he turned to us for help.The brief was simple, a VMX bike without the hassles of the “V” when it came to day to day running and parts.

Imagine 106 kilograms of the finest modern day 70’s tech money can buy: long travel, dual spring lay down twin shocks, kick start, no battery, steel frame, air cooled 250cc single, Speedtractor’s own hand made in Japan GP Enduro exhaust, US made VMX plastics, mini-tank, near invisible lighting and running gear to allow it to hit the highways, high-n-wide bars, sumptuous bread loaf seat and the mandatory Gasser throttle.

If you’ve followed some our other posts you’ll already be growing tired of our love-hate relationship with VMX machines, in particular we love ‘em but hate the cost of the bloody things and sourcing decent parts. So we were never going to go the traditional route others had followed of trying to talk him into letting us restore a 40 year old bike on his dime. We had another idea.

Fast forward through many days and nights of hard graft in the Speedtractor Lab to the gem shown here, a ride that pushes all the style-buttons but lets you turn up to your local dealer/bike shop and order parts like it was still available on the show room floor, because it is. “Cake and eat it too” we hear you mutter? you better believe it.

Say hello to Speedtractor’s T71 concept.Cunningly redesigned from its Grass Tracker big boy roots, this 250cc beastie offers you all the spares, support and tuning benefits of a model still in Suzuki’s current line up, with the attitude and soul of a bike 35 years its senior.Before you ask, yes, we can make you one too.

Its almost done (shot shown here is clearly still our work in progress), but before handing over the keys for good we may just have to take it for a shake down ride. Keep an eye out here for the upcoming video of its new owner riding the pants off it in search of Tokyo dirt.