Suzuki motorcycle history
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.
2017 - 2020 Suzuki SV650
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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2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT Sports Tourer Lays Claim To Class Leader Title
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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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.
2022 Suzuki Hayabusa: Still Fast, Now Beautiful
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.
2017 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-S1000F
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.
2018 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-S1000
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.
2022 Suzuki 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.
2015 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-R750
Suzuki keeps improving and expanding its signature supersport series, and the 2020 GSX-R750 carries the torch first ignited by the original Gixxer 750 all the way back in 1984. Granted, the “late model” Gixxers dropped the steel frame in favor of aluminum, and the air-cooled engine has been replaced with a jacketed mill, but the overall mission for the bike remains the same: to provide the general public with the most race-ready production bike available for legal use on the street. Of course, the rest of the market has caught up to Suzuki and the supersport segment is flooded with similarly capable rides — and a good number of more capable sleds — though the most race-tastic of them are far more expensive than the $12K-ish GSX-R750.
2015 - 2019 Suzuki GSX-R600
2019 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-S750 / GSX-S750Z
Suzuki shuffled its “standard” selections ahead of MY2019 with a new powerplant based on the proven Gixxer mill. The 2020 GSX-S750 comes sans ABS, but the lineup includes an ABS model in the custom-flavored, “Z” blackout package that the factory hopes will cover all the bases in the mid-size naked-sport sector. Additionally, it rocks a robust electronics suite with engine-control features as well as safety-related goodies. Power and agility (read: fun) come together with Spartan looks and a modicum of comfort on these bikes.
2017 - 2020 Suzuki GSX-R1000R
Coming off a fresh update in 2017, Suzuki carries its GSX-R1000R into MY2020 with little else in the way of changes. The next-gen “Gixxer” 1000 brought an all-new 999.8 cc powerplant to the table with a claimed 199 horsepower at the shaft and a whole passel of electronic goodies to help manage all those ponies. Traction control, lean-sensitive ABS, launch control and more, Suzuki’s flagship literbike comes equipped with overlapping safety nets to help keep us mortal, non-professional riders dirty-side down as we explore our electronically augmented performance envelope. MotoGP tech influences the design to give the rider a little taste of track-day performance, or at the very least, ’performance light.’
2018 - 2020 Suzuki GSX250R
All-new in 2018, the GSX250R from [Suzuki-mot291] is set to enter the race to the bottom. Not the bottom of the stack, but the bottom of the displacement range with its 248 cc fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, parallel-twin engine. Suzuki jumps on the go-small-or-go-home bandwagon with a sportbike carrying all the genetic markers of the Katana family, and exactly what you would expect from one of the Big Four.
2015 - 2020 Suzuki DR200S
Suzuki brings dual-sport capabilities to the entry-level sector with its DR200S. A heavy emphasis on off-road performance defines the overall look; and a 199 cc engine drives it over hill and dale, as well as down the road with all the appropriate lighting for safety and legalities. The end result is a functional, if plain, bike that provides a stable ride and moderate power with a humble overall bearing. A carry-over for the last few years, it hasn’t changed much, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
2015 - 2019 Suzuki DR650S
It’s not the most attractive bike in the dual sport stable, though it’s small and scrappy with a 644 cc engine and so much fun to ride. With a glance at the DR650S from Suzuki you might just dismiss it as an enduro bike. That would be doing it an injustice. It’s really a basic adventure bike that will get you off the pavement and into the woods with perhaps more gumption than a real adventure bike. Priced affordably, it isn’t tragic to drop it as it would be otherwise and it is lightweight enough that you can pick it up and keep going.
2016 - 2020 Suzuki DR-Z400S / DR-Z400SM
Pitting the fuel-injection fans against the carburetor fans, we score a point for the latter with the DR-Z400S and DR-Z400SM from Suzuki. Fuel injection hasn’t yet made an appearance in Suzuki’s dual-sport lineup, which was a good thing or a bad thing, depending on which side of the fence you’re on. For 2020, the DR-Z siblings haven’t yet been touched by the FI update. Sharing the same engine as the 500EXC from KTM, the DR-Zs come on a different chassis with progressive-link rear suspension. The “SM” — the SuperMoto of the family — and the “S” feature a six-liter air box with quick-release fasteners trouble-free access to the air filter and special low profile mirrors that rotate hoping to avoid damage, both are pluses when you’re playing in the dirt.
Suzuki GSX-R model lineup guide
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.
2017 - 2019 Suzuki VanVan 200
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.
Top Speed Top Six Adventure motorcycles to consider for beginners
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.
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.
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.