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.
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Suzuki GSX-S950 R Is A Limited Edition Riot Brewed Up To Celebrate The 2022 French MotoGP Round
There’s plenty of talk surrounding Suzuki’s abrupt exit from the MotoGP paddock at the end of this year. But this hasn’t stopped Suzuki’s French arm from introducing a limited edition variant of the GSX-S950 that celebrates MotoGP’s French Grand Prix scheduled for this weekend.
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Suzuki Hayabusa vs Suzuki GSX-R600: An Unfair Drag Race With SHOCKING Results!!
600cc motorcycles are often treated as downright “slow” by superbike owners, especially people with Hayabusas, and it makes sense since there’s a huge power advantage with the latter.
However, this drag race between a Suzuki GSX-R600 and Suzuki Hayabusa will make you think twice before calling a 600cc bike slow again. Ready to have your mind blown? Well, let’s get into it then.
2017 - 2022 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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Drag Race: Suzuki Hayabusa & Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R Go All Guns Blazing Against Each Other
If you’re a regular visitor here (thank you!), you probably know that we love bringing you drag races that feature the iconic Suzuki Hayabusa, and this right here is another example.
In this duel, a stretched-out second-gen Suzuki Hayabusa goes up against an equally stretched-out 2019 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and the result is closer than you can imagine.
End Of The Line For The Suzuki Moto GP Team?
The Suzuki MotoGP team has established itself as one of the strongest teams in the paddock over the past few years. They even bagged a world title in 2020 and are currently one of the title favorites this year.
You’d expect such a strong team to be regular sighting in the MotoGP paddock for years to come, but in a shocking move, Suzuki is looking to exit from MotoGP at the end of 2022.
Battle Of The Heavyweights: ‘09 Yamaha V-Max Takes On A ‘09 Suzuki Hayabusa Head On
Since it first came into being, the Suzuki Hayabusa was one of the fastest motorcycles in the world and it blew everyone away with its ballistic performance.
While the ‘Busa was quick to gain a lot of popularity, the Yamaha V-Max with similarly insane numbers always went under the radar, even though many people claimed the V-Max was actually faster than the Busa off the line!
To find out whether this is indeed true, we did a little scouting on YouTube and came across this drag race between a 2009 Suzuki Hayabusa and a 2009 Yamaha V-Max which…well, blew our minds.
Busa vs Busa: Gen-I Suzuki Hayabusa Drags A Gen-II Hayabusa. This One Is Super Close
The Suzuki Hayabusa has an illustrious past attached to it, all of which started with the OG first-gen model. The follow-up Gen-II ‘Busa, though, pushed the goal post further, making even more power, and selling in extreme numbers throughout the world.
Wondering which one’s faster between these two iconic bikes? Well, here’s a drag race that’ll paint you a picture.
Video: Watch MotoGP World Champion Joan Mir Drag His Helmet Onboard A Supermoto Bike
There are no two ways about it. MotoGP riders have crazy riding skills and can push the boundaries of what any bike can do, before reaching their own limits.
However, at times, even these serious riders have some fun. In this video, 2020 MotoGP world champion Joan Mir attempts a helmet drag during one of his training sessions.
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.