Suzuki Motorcycles

Suzuki grabbed its place in the motorcycle world by pushing the envelope. From progressive two-strokers in the ’60s to the stunning Katana in 1981, but with none more than the GSX R 750 in 1985, the first true street-legal race bike. Today, Suzukis aren’t groundbreakers, but evolved, reliable and affordable motorcycles. check out our Buyer’s guide for more information about Suzuki models

Top Speed Guide To The 2019 Suzuki Cycles Lineup

Top Speed Guide To The 2019 Suzuki Cycles Lineup

Here’s the 2019 Suzuki Motorcycles Explained

One of the Big Four motorcycle manufacturers, Suzuki is a powerhouse in on-road and off-road motorcycles as well as in motorcycle racing. Offering up a full line of sportbikes, heritage rides, and scooters, Suzuki holds a commanding share of the North American market.

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Suzuki motorcycle history

Suzuki motorcycle history

quick introduction to Suzuki motorcycle legacy

A household name in the motorcycle world today, Suzuki began as a loom factory in 1909. The founder, Michio Suzuki, decided to push into the growing automotive market. On the eve of the Second World War, in 1937, the company began producing its own budget car. That same year Japan invaded China and fought until its catastrophic defeat eight years later.

As the devastated country began rebuilding, Suzuki wanted to produce a cheap vehicle available to many for simple transportation. It did it with a self-powered bicycle, named the Diamond Free, in 1952. The first real Suzuki motorcycle came two years later, with the 90-cc four-stroke Colleda CO. Exports to the United States and Europe began in the 1960s, propelling Suzuki to a huge international motorcycle brand, also making scooters, ATVs and cars.

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Suzuki GSX-R model lineup guide

Suzuki GSX-R model lineup guide

Which GSX-R should you buy?

Suzuki caused a tectonic shift in the motorcycle industry with the GSX-R750 and 35 years later the name still a sure-bet go-to for riders with racing aspirations. Any of the Gixxers – the 1000, 750 and 600 – are bikes capable for fast times on the track right out of the store.

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2017 - 2019 Suzuki VanVan 200

2017 - 2019 Suzuki VanVan 200

Perfect anywhere the ground is loose and four wheels just won’t do

The VanVan from Suzuki comes equipped with a 200 cc engine, which is an upgrade from the old 125 cc model still available in other markets. In typical scrambler fashion, the VanVan 200 is the dirt-road/gravel-road/loose-dirt ride that qualifies it as a “sandbike” because of the fat rear tire to keep you going. Better than an ATV in some situations, the Vanvan is lightweight and capable, perfect for a jaunt around the ranch, a quick run up the trapline or an excursion on the beach, anywhere the ground is loose and four wheels just won’t do.

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Top Speed Top Six Adventure motorcycles to consider for beginners

Top Speed Top Six Adventure motorcycles to consider for beginners

Machines built for the love of adventure for the newbies into motorcycling

If carving up terrains was your idea of motorcycling, adventure motorcycles are a bipartisan look at how to tackle paved roads and dirt. With long travel suspensions, and a higher riding position, these machines can take your motorcycling learning curve through a multitude of terrains, teaching you some of the biggest lessons travelling on two wheels can.

With having a lot to carry around to fight a multitude of terrains, they are usually an expensive affair (easily 14 grand or more for the latest top-spec models). Luckily, manufacturers have been recognizing this and have been tweaking things around to offer more affordable options to give not so fortunate riders and the young guns to experience the thrill of finding our way through the unknown on two-wheels.

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Top Speed Top Six Cruisers to consider for beginners

Top Speed Top Six Cruisers to consider for beginners

For the newbies who love the laid-back reclined riding styles that make covering vast expanses of asphalts a pleasure

Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. And if this is the way you want to get into the world of motorcycles, I guess you have taken the first step in the right direction. Feeling the wind in the air, the smell of cut grass on the countryside, the constant changes in the temperatures, cruisers can show you all these feelings and more at the twist of the throttle.

These six machines are our top pick come with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position defining any modern-day cruisers. All of this without breaking our banks.

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Top Speed Top Six Sportsbikes to consider for beginners

Top Speed Top Six Sportsbikes to consider for beginners

If you want to look fast while you still learn the tricks, these machines could be your pick

Starting with a sportsbike as your first might seem off-putting. Still, with technology and the manufacturers’ ability to make bikes as user-friendly as possible, it might just be the right entry for your motorcycling adventures. They are sleek with aerodynamic bodywork, top-spec suspension and braking setups, and ride with aggressive riding positions.

There are plenty of affordable bikes out there for every skill level matching the size of small wallets. These are our recommendations for young riders itching to feel the wind in the most stylish and flashy manner. And occasionally maybe want to drop a knee on a racetrack or zoom around your local canyon road.

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Top Speed Top Six Retro/Classics to buy under $10,000

Top Speed Top Six Retro/Classics to buy under $10,000

Chrome, laced wheels, round headlamp, upright bars – bring on the retro (2020 models)

Classic retro machines come along with more elegant finishing touches, detailing and craftsmanship that gives the bikes a panache in their own way. The sculpted flowing lines incorporate key heritage styling cues of the ’60s with beautifully styled minimalism. Classic motorcycle with modern technology and sophisticated craftsmanship pays homage to the yesteryears.

These Six machines in 2020 bring in a beautiful blend of classic style with an infusion of modern engineering, all under $ 10,000. Recalling the past glories, these neo-classic motorcycles have still managed to retain the charm and posterity of minimalistic elegance along with providing modern day mechanicals and the bits. They run on efficient high output engines that are both reliable and powerful and are equipped with state of the art suspension and brake setups that will bring the bike to a halt not far from their point of application, unlike the yesteryears.

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Top Speed Top Six Sportsbikes to buy under $10,000

Top Speed Top Six Sportsbikes to buy under $10,000

Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, these machines love slicing the wind to go as fast as possible

Massive engines, aerodynamic bodywork, top-spec suspension and braking setups, aggressive riding positions, these machines have got it all to attack everything running on the street and the track. These sportbikes enter with the best of electronic packaging and power to just be the fastest one out there. Built for speed, acceleration, braking, and cornering, they come equipped with components from the industry’s best names to achieve a little more speed every single time they get on the paved asphalt.

We here give you a list of machines in 2020 that do all that, without breaking your bank. For under $10,000, these machines will blaze the streets and sweep us off our feet in the most fashionable ways possible.

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2017 - 2020 Suzuki SV650

2017 - 2020 Suzuki SV650

It’s the new look of the UJM standard

Suzuki continued with the evolution of the SV650 line with the all-new-in-2017 SV650. Built on the success of the original SV650 that covered 1999 through 2008, and its offspring, the SFV650 “Gladius,” the new ride carries the SV DNA into a new generation. With a revamped 645 cc engine, it has more horsepower than ever before.

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Top Speed Top Six Adventure motorcycles to buy under $10,000

Top Speed Top Six Adventure motorcycles to buy under $10,000

Machines built for the love of adventure with powerful engines, top-spec electronics, suspension, and brake setup. (2020 models)

All around the globe, asphalt or no asphalt, the adventure series of machines give riders the swiss knife to carve up terrains and tread through almost anything with versatility and style. With the looks and utility of a capable off-roader and the balance and handling of a sport-standard, adventure motorcycles are a bipartisan look at how to tackle paved roads and dirt. Big and powerful engines, long travel suspensions, and a higher riding position with multiple rider aids adorn these machines.

With having a lot to carry around to fight a multitude of terrains, they are usually an expensive affair (easily 14 grand or more for the latest top-spec models). Luckily, manufacturers have been recognizing this and have been tweaking things around to offer more affordable options to give not so fortunate riders like us to experience the thrill of finding our way through the unknown on two-wheels.

Here are our top six picks of ADV machines falling under the $ 10,000 price tag that you can buy in 2020:

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Top Speed Top Six Cruisers to buy under $10,000

Top Speed Top Six Cruisers to buy under $10,000

Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpegs, and a laid-back reclined riding position. All of this without breaking your bank (2020 models)

We here love the laid-back reclined riding styles that make covering vast expanses of arrow-straight asphalts a pleasure. Being the closest thing to flying without leaving the ground, Cruisers have been the incarnation of the ‘30s to ‘60s American lifestyles. Large motors with plenty of low-end torque, forward set footpeg position define any modern-day cruisers.

Here is our list of new cruiser motorcycles under $10,000 for you and me to buy in 2020 that gets us to cruise, be at one with our bike, taking in the sights and the scents, fresh air washing over, and supposedly cleansing the soul. All this, without breaking our bank.

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TJ's Top Ten Picks For The Most Significant Bikes In Motorcycling History

TJ’s Top Ten Picks For The Most Significant Bikes In Motorcycling History

Bikes that changed, or even created, the landscape that we enjoy today

What goes into moving a particular motorcycle into the “Historically Significant” category? That depends upon whom you ask, of course. What their priorities are, how far back in history they are interested in delving and even upon which surfaces the bikes are built to travel. Verily I say unto thee; the possibilities are legion. With that in mind, I want to tackle that question myself today, but first I will qualify what it means to me for the purpose of this article. Some will be mechanical marvels of their time, and some will be rather mundane yet have astronomical sales figures as an indicator of consumer popularity. I’m going to stick to street/road bikes and exclude off-road machines, plus I’m going to leave scooters alone as well ’cause they have their own history and deserve to be looked at as a major branch on the two wheeled-tree unto itself. As far as how deep I’m willing to go into the annals of history, I’m going to say “all the way.” Let’s get to it.

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2020 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure

Suzuki adds to its lineup with a mid-displacement adventure-ready V-Strom

If you’re looking for a mid-displacement adventure bike that will actually handle some off-road work or a solid commuter for the urban jungle, then Suzuki’s 2020 V-Strom 650XT Adventure should be on your short list. This model builds on the 650 platform and it boasts extra protection for both bike and rider along with stock dry-storage and a proven V-twin powerplant. As usual, Suzuki rounds out the package with a bevy of proprietary ride-quality electronics to back up the various variables built into the mechanics of the bike to deliver a customizable riding experience.

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The fastest motorcycles currently in production

The fastest motorcycles currently in production

Reaching the three digit speeds in a jiffy is the new high

Motorcycle racing took shape the minute the second motorcycle was made. Then came the madness of being the fastest man or building the quickest machine on the planet gave a new sense of high and want. It is intoxication, indeed. Setting records for the whole world to know became a fascination, and people spent all the time and money into this pursuit of speed.

In a world where outright horsepower and straight-line speed hold center stage, these machines bred by factory engineers have blazed the streets and have swept us off our feet in the most fashionable way possible. Here is our list of top ten machines ready to be plucked off showroom floors and much miles as quick as possible:

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A bit of Suzuki History

One of Japan’s Big Four motorcycle makers, Suzuki began in 1909 as a weaving machine factory in Hamamatsu. Seeking to diversify, founder Michio Suzuki began producing cars in 1937 and added motorcycles 15 years later.

The motorcycle factory established itself as a sport-oriented groundbreaker, from the 1962 T20 Hustler, “the fastest 250 cc bike in the world” with a then-rare six-speed transmission, to the stunning three-cylinder, two-stroke power bike GT760 in 1971 and then the Katana family, with the 1100 flagship in the early 1980s. But few motorcycles changed the industry as much as did Suzuki’s GXR-R750 in 1985, followed by the 1100cc big model. The world’s first superbike, built for the racetrack out of production, spawned of a whole new class of high-end, super light and super fast motorcycles.

Suzuki was the first Japanese maker to branch into the chopper/cruiser division, appealing to the Harley Davidson-dominated U.S. market with the v-twin Intruder 750, also in 1985.

In 1996, Suzuki went after the Italian Ducati with its own 90-degree V-twin, the TL1000. While the model did not last long, the modified engine eventually went to the much more successful dual-sport model, the DL1000 V-Strom, from 2002. The downsized 650 cc V-2 engine powers the budget street model SV650 since 1999 and the small V-Strom, the wee, since 1999 and 2004, respectively.

The factory also produced off-road bikes, notably with the DR-BIG, a 779 cc single-cylinder – to date the largest production single in the world – as one of the early adventure/touring bikes which became the dominant segment on the big motorcycles market around a decade later.

F.A.Q.

Who founded Suzuki?

Michio Suzuki (1887 – 1982) launched a loom factory in 1909 in Hamamatsu, Japan. The factory began making cars in 1937 and motorcycles in 1954.

Where are Suzuki motorcycles made?

Suzuki motorcycles are made in Hamamatsu, Japan.

What is the most iconic Suzuki motorcycle?

Arguably, the early 1980s Katana, the mid 1985s GSX-Rs or the Hayabusa. Among particular models, the two-stroke Grand Prix replica from the mid-1980s, the RG500 Gamma, and the V-2 superbike TL1000 R from the mid-1990s count among the most-sought after collectors’ models. Both are rare.

What is the fastest-ever Suzuki motorcycle?

The first Hayabusa, in 1999. It reached 194 MPH. Later Hayabusa models were slightly slower, under a manufacturers’ agreement limiting the speed to 186 MPH. The manufacturers feared that superbikes may become banned because of their speed war.

What is the best-ever Suzuki motorcycle?

The GXR-R 750 was the biggest game-changer. Arguably, the Katana was the most beautiful. Hayabusa was the fastest. The modest SV650 and V-Strom 650 have remained in the program and are sold longer 21 and 17 years, respectively.

Does Suzuki only make motorcycles?

No, it also produces small, mid-sized and maxi scooters, as well as ATVs. Suzuki is also a major car maker.