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

TopSpeed's 2020 Suzuki Buying Guide

TopSpeed’s 2020 Suzuki Buying Guide

Check out Suzuki’s 2020 lineup

Suzuki spices things up for 2020 with a veritable buffet of minor aesthetic tweaks and other improvements on the menu

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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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Video: Hayabusa vs. Harley Drag Race

Video: Hayabusa vs. Harley Drag Race

Only One question: Why?

Drag racing is brilliant: a celebration of pure speed and acceleration, an explosion of noise. But sometimes you have to wonder at some of the races that take place.

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Suzuki GSX-S750 Models Are The Perfect Blend of Performance and Practicality

Suzuki GSX-S750 Models Are The Perfect Blend of Performance and Practicality

Largely unsung models an important entry to the middleweight sports bike segment

For 2022, the Suzuki GSX-S750 models bring a level of excitement to the middleweight sports bike category.

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2017 - 2022 Suzuki SV650

2017 - 2022 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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Suzuki Sharpens the Katana

Suzuki Sharpens the Katana

2022 model gets more power, upgraded electronics

Suzuki looks to continue the success of the Katana with engine modifications bringing it into Euro5 compliance and which give more power. Tweaks to the electronics and dash and new colours complete the picture.

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Blast From The Past: Suzuki RE5 - Blind Alley or Brave New World?

Blast From The Past: Suzuki RE5 - Blind Alley or Brave New World?

Suzuki’s brave attempt at re-imagining the motorbike engine wasn’t the success it deserved to be

At the dawn of the modern era of Japanese motorcycles, the four-cylinder inline engine was king, but that didn’t stop Suzuki going off at a tangent with a rotary-engined bike.

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2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

It’s sport-touring with a GSX-R-derived engine. Yeah, just like that.

Suzuki replaces the GSX-S1000F sport-tourer with an all new “GT” version on the GSX-S1000 platform for the 2022 model year. Long distance comfort and sportbike performance combine on the new GT and its GT+ sibling, along with top-shelf stability and ride-quality electronics to complete the package.

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Suzuki's Parallel Twin Engine Concept Isn't Dead Yet

Suzuki’s Parallel Twin Engine Concept Isn’t Dead Yet

It’s the engine layout of choice for many manufacturers and Suzuki wants in on the action

Suzuki has been playing around with a parallel twin replacement for its ageing 650cc v-twin for some years now with nothing ever reaching production. New patent applications show that the concept isn’t dead yet.

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2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT Sports Tourer Lays Claim To Class Leader Title

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT Sports Tourer Lays Claim To Class Leader Title

New Model Will Replace the GSX-S1000F

Suzuki announces its contender for sports-tourer class honours, taking the GSX-S1000F and giving it a thorough update, with more comfort, more tech, better weather protection and optional hard luggage. Mechanicals stay the same but they were so good in the first place, why mess with a winning formula?

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The Most Powerfull Sportsbikes against The Tesla Plaid Is Now Fair Game

The Most Powerfull Sportsbikes against The Tesla Plaid Is Now Fair Game

Tesla Model S vs. Hayabusa vs. ZX-14R Drag Race

Carlos Lago from Edmunds pits a brand new Tesla Model S Plaid, with 1000bhp against a Suzuki Hayabusa and a Kawasaki ZX-14R on the drag strip. We might be used to motorbikes pretty much destroying any supercar you care to mention but it seems that electricity might have the edge here.

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2022 Suzuki Hayabusa: Still Fast, Now Beautiful

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa: Still Fast, Now Beautiful

Major upgrades have brought the 22-year old bruiser right up to date

Suzuki’s Hayabusa has always been a bike of extremes: extreme performance, extreme looks, extreme dynamics. Many thought it was coming to the end of its life in 2018 but Suzuki knew when it was on to a good thing. The 2022 Hayabusa is still as fast as ever, but has grown from the ugly duckling into a graceful swan and received a huge upgrade, both mechanical and electronic, along the way.

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New Suzuki GSX-S1000T On The Way

New Suzuki GSX-S1000T On The Way

Sports Tourer Set For Update

Type-approval documents have revealed that a new Suzuki GSX-S1000F is on the way, with a name change to GSX-S1000T.

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2017 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-S1000F

2017 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-S1000F

The GSX-S1000F has a GSX-R-derived engine for Gixxer thrills in a comfortable ride

Suzuki rolls its GSX-S1000F into MY2020 with a new Glass Sparkle Black colorway that is sure to turn heads, day or night. A GSX-R-based engine design delivers the goods with advanced rider-aid technology along with adjustable suspension and ABS protection to finish the package. This model makes an “all-new” return in 2020 after a hiatus last year.

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2018 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-S1000

2018 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-S1000

The beauty of a gixxer engine in a naked chassis

Engine upgrades joined other improvements in the 2018 model year as Suzuki pushed to keep its sport-standard-sector momentum going with the GSX-S1000. The family tree branched yet again with the new-in-2018, blackout GSX-S1000Z and Suzuki dropped the “F” in favor of the “FZ” for 2019, but the “F” returns for 2020. The family now has even more of what it takes to dominate the street with a Gixxer engine in a naked bike chassis.

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2022 Suzuki Hayabusa

2022 Suzuki Hayabusa

Restyled, but still clearly Hayabusa

Suzuki rolls into 2021 with its newly-improved-for-MY2022 ambassador model for the sportbike world; the inimitable [Hayabusa->mot. Windtunnel-tested fairing tweaks seek to further improve penetration and reduce drag so you can get the most out of the next-generation in-line four. A beefed-up, model-unique electronics suite helps improve rider safety and control with a new ride-by-wire throttle system that supports a number of the new engine-control features.

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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.