1987 Suzuki SP200
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.
Riding to
high school
Check out the
reversed
negative images!