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The History of Suzuki Motorcycles

In this blog post, we’ll learn a little about the history of Suzuki* motorcycles. Suzuki started out as a textile company and has now grown into a multinational company that manufactures everything from bikes to automobiles and outboard motors to all-terrain vehicles (ATVs.) Japan’s Hamamatsu is home to the Suzuki* Loom Works, which was founded by Michio Suzuki in 1909.

Cotton-weaving equipment was initially developed by the Suzuki* Loom Manufacturing Company in 1920, and subsequently a silk weaving device. After a number of years, the business enterprise became a huge success.ka

In the early postwar years, the corporation suffered financially as a result of a hiatus from manufacturing throughout World War II, prompting the necessity to broaden its operations.

The Japanese company Suzuki* started experimenting with bicycle-mounted motors in 1947, recognizing a gap in the market for low-cost personal transportation in a nation whose facilities had been substantially damaged by war.

The 36cc Power Free was Suzuki Loom Manufacturing’s first product in 1952. With a simple motor drive mechanism, the two-stroke, air-cooled powered bicycle was a huge hit.

The Diamond Free, which had a bigger capacity, was added the next year. Following its class victory in the Mount Fuji Hill Climb, the new model’s demand soared, and the company was suddenly producing 6,000 bikes a month.

The name of the firm was changed to Suzuki Motor Company* in 1954, but it would be several years before any Suzuki*-branded vehicles hit the market.

After introducing a line of true motorcycles in 1954, rather than bicycles with motors, the company adopted the moniker Colleda, which translates as “This is it!”

The CO was the first, and it had a 125cc four-stroke with a steel frame. By the time the Colleda Twin received an electric starter at the end of the decade, the Suzuki* “S” emblem had already been established, and the company had begun to establish itself as a two-stroke specialist.

First, Suzuki* won the 50cc class in the Isle of Man TT races, and from 1962 to 1967, they ruled as the 50cc World Champion in that category.

When Suzuki* expanded its worldwide activities in 1963, it created the US Suzuki* Corporation, which was based in Los Angeles.

The X6 Hustler, T20 Super Six in Europe, from 1965 was marketed as the world’s fastest 250cc motorbike. Tubular-steel chassis and six-speed gearbox were among its many revolutionary features.

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When the T500, the largest-capacity two-stroke bike on the market with a top speed of 112 mph (180 km/h) arrived three years later, it became even more popular across the globe.

Suzuki’s* focus shifted to foreign markets in the 1970s, and the firm opened its first overseas production facility in Thailand.

Also during this period, Suzuki* won the 250cc Road World Championship, as well as the 125cc and 500 motocross World Championships.

British rider Barry Sheene won the 500cc World Championship in 1976 and 1977, making him one of the best 500cc racers of all time.

Suzuki* introduced its first four-stroke, four-cylinder GS series motorcycles in the 1970s, which were available in a variety of sizes, including up to 1,000cc capacity.

After years of trial and error in the 1970s, Suzuki* came up with the RE-5, a rotary-engined motorcycle, but it was a marketing and commercial disaster.

Suzuki* had a spell of Grand Prix success in the 1980s and 1990s, winning the 500cc World Championship on two separate occasions.

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AMSOIL 10W-40 Synthetic Metric Motorcycle Oil

The introduction of various new machines included multiple bikes, category dominant motocross motorcycles, and the ground-breaking GSX Series, which featured the world’s best spec 1,100cc Katana, intended specifically for international markets.

The corporation also entered into agreements with China, originally for the purpose of exporting motorcycles and later for the purpose of establishing manufacturing facilities in the nation.

This was yet one more indication of Suzuki’s* effective international development. Up to 1995, the company had sold about 20 million bikes outside of Japan.

At the time of its introduction in 1999, the Suzuki* Hayabusa 1300 was a sleek, aerodynamic sports bike designed for riders who like to test the boundaries.

With a peak speed of a little over 186 mph (300 km/h), it was the quickest road bike in the world at that moment.

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AMSOIL 10W-30 Synthetic Metric Motorcycle Oil

Suzuki’s* position was further solidified throughout the first decade of the twenty-first century, thanks to strategic alliances with General Motors* and a partnership with rival Japanese motorbike maker Kawasaki*.

Novel innovations established new norms across a wide range of market areas throughout the 2000s. The GSX-R1000 of 2001 was a world-conquering racing bike. It blended excellent handling, weight-saving design, and exceptional fuel-injected power in a single package.

Whereas the Burgman 650, with its enormous 650cc engine and ground-breaking transmission system that had one manual and two automated settings, revolutionized the motorcycle market.

Suzuki* continues to build on its image as a company that grows steadily over the globe. This iconic brand, known for its progressive mentality, continues to be at the cutting edge of motorcycle innovation. To some extent, this is owing to the emergence of several futuristic prototypes and a willingness to invest in alternative technologies.

We hope you found the history of Suzuki* motorcycles to be interesting. We’ll be adding more information on Suzuki* motorcycles and other manufacturers in the future. Keep an eye out for further material!

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