The first production Japanese MX bike. Fewer than 50 Suzuki TM250s came to America for 1968. Suzuki began experimenting with motocross in 1964, sending a roadracer and two engineers to Europe to compete on a twin-cylinder bike. Suzuki eventually settled on a single with a twin-pipe design influenced by the CZ Twin Port that carried Joel Robert to the 1964 250cc World Championship. Even though the 1966 and 1967 Suzuki race machines were heavy and didn't handle well, they became the basis for the production 1968 TM250, which was raced by the likes of Preston Petty. Later, GP veteran Ollie Petterson managed to get Suzuki to improve the power and reduce the weight of the machine while moving the engine forward and switching to a single low pipe. He also recommended the hiring of Belgian riders Joel Robert and Roger DeCoster, who, as we all know, put Suzuki in the history books.