This picture was taken in 1997 somewhere in the middle of Eastern Montana. Me and the SP rode nearly 200 miles that day. When Suzuki released these bikes in 1986, I fell in love. I always liked the look of the 1985 SP600 with its red and blue colors, front disc brake, long-travel suspension and bulbous fuel tank. Call it a poor man's Honda XL600R, which it evidently was, as 1985 was the only year for the big SP. However, its styling carried over to the all-new SP125 and 250 in 1986. They were affordable bikes, even for a high school kid with only a weekly allowance and summer farm wages.
About a year after I picked up a SP125/200 brochure at the local Suzuki dealership, I finally convinced my dad it was time for me to own one. In October of 1987, we set out to find a leftover '87 model and located one at a dealer in Urbana, Illinois.