Mini Chopper 1979 Suzuki OR50 A Rare Find

I never understood why the Suzuki OR50 got released in America. It seemed like a bike made for the Japanese domestic market where smaller is smarter drives sales as opposed to the bigger-is-better mentality of America’s motorcycling public (even back in 1979). If I’m not mistaken, the bike sold out quickly even if they were imported in modest numbers. Now, I wish I had one because this bike is such a head turner today.

This RWP’ed OR50 looks okay for anybody jonesing for one. The guy is firm on the $600 asking price and it will take some work to get it running and paint to get it looking good. Still, it is not uncommon for a sano OR to get around $3000 at a Mecum auction. A couple of tips for the seller. Bend a knee when taking a photo of your bike, don’t let your shadow (or a tree shadow) darken your photo and finally, offer a free dozen eggs from those chickens to the buyer (click on the ad to enlarge).

Two-Stroke Rebel: You would be an outlaw if you tried to license a OR50 today with its oil-burning two-stroke engine. At least in California. Have to wonder if there are 30 of these stashed in a Shriners’ garage somewhere just waiting to be pulled out for a parade?

What is a RWP’ed?
The phrase “Running When Parked” (RWP) is code for a once treasured possession that has been neglected in the corner of the garage or tool shed for far too long. Lacking the energy, time or resources to bring the little beauty back to life, the owner lists it for sale in hopes that a new owner will massage it back to health. Our collection of RWP bikes fall into two distinct categories; treasure or trash. And you are the only one who can properly judge which category the bike belongs in.

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