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Suzuki Motorcycles

Post by ganahsokmo on Thu Jul 08, 2010 1:57 pm

Suzuki Motorcycles

Suzuki is another member of the “Big Four” from Japan.
It began manufacturing motorcycles in 1952 and has become well known
around the world. Its off-road bikes and roadracers have won world
titles, and its street machines range from the cruiser Boulevard series
to the legendary GSX-R series of sportbikes. It, along with Honda, is
unique in that the company also builds automobiles.

Suzuki Motorcycle History

  • 1909

    Michio Suzuki founds the Suzuki Loom Company in Hamamatsu, Japan. He
    builds industrial looms for the thriving Japanese silk industry.

  • 1937

    To diversify activities, the company experiments with several
    interesting small car prototypes, but none go into production because
    the Japanese government declares civilian automobiles “non-essential
    commodities” at the onset of WWII.

  • 1951

    After the war, Suzuki (like Honda and others) begins making clip-on
    motors for bicycles.

  • 1953

    The Diamond Free is introduced and features double-sprocket wheel
    mechanism and two-speed transmission.

  • 1955

    The Colleda COX debuts, a 125cc bike equipped with a steel frame. It
    features a 4-stroke OHV single-cylinder engine with three-speed

  • 1961

    East German star Ernst Degner defects to the west while racing for
    MZ in the Swedish Grand Prix. He takes MZ’s most valuable secret –
    knowledge of Walter Kaaden’s expansion chamber designs – to Suzuki.

  • 1962

    Using MZ’s technology, Suzuki wins the newly created 50cc class in
    the World Championship. The company will win the class every year until
    ’67, and win the 125cc class twice in that period, too.

  • 1963

    U.S. Suzuki Motor Corp. opens in Los Angeles.

  • 1965

    The T20 is released (aka Super 6, X-6, Hustler). This two-stroke,
    street-going Twin is one of the fastest bikes in its class. The ‘6’ in
    its name(s) refers to its six-speed gearbox.

  • 1968

    The T500 ‘Titan’ is an air-cooled parallel-Twin two-stroke.

  • 1970

    Joel Robert wins the 250cc World Motocross Championship for Suzuki.
    This is the first year of a three-year streak.

  • 1971

    The GT750 2-stroke surprises people with its three-cylinder
    liquid-cooled engine. In North America, it’s nicknamed the Water
    Buffalo; in the UK they call them Kettles. Although the bike is quite
    advanced in many ways and inspires a line of smaller air-cooled triples
    (GT380 and GT550), it’s clear that pollution control legislation will
    limit the use of two-strokes as street motorcycles. Even while the GT750
    was in development, Suzuki had signed a licensing deal with NSU to
    develop a motorcycle with a Wankel (rotary) engine.
    The TM400A motocrosser goes into production, a 396cc bike designed
    for 500cc motocross races. Roger Decoster wins the 500cc World
    Championship on the factory version of this bike and will dominate the
    class, winning five times from 1971-’76.

  • 1972

    The Hustler 400, a street version of the TM400, is released. This
    bike features a double-cradle frame and 2-stroke single-cylinder 396cc

  • 1974

    The RE5 is the first Japanese motorcycle with a rotary engine. It
    cost a fortune to develop and, while not bad, it’s a commercial
    disaster. After two years, the company abandons the project, and there
    are rumors the tooling was dumped into the sea so that Suzuki managers
    would never have to see it again.

  • 1975

    The RM125, with an air-cooled 2-stroke single-cylinder 123cc engine,
    is a production motocrosser

  • 1976

    With the GS750, Suzuki finally builds a 4-stroke, four-cylinder road

  • 1978

    The GS1000E becomes the flagship model of the GS series – it’s
    Suzuki’s first literbike.

  • 1979

    Wes Cooley wins the AMA Superbike Championship on the new GS. He’ll
    repeat the feat in ’80 before submitting to Eddie Lawson.

  • 1980

    The GSX750E adopts Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber (TSCC) structure
    and a DOHC engine upgraded to four valves. Also, a new Anti Nose Dive
    Fork (ANDF) system is adopted for the front suspension.
    Somewhere in Japan, Suzuki appoints a Vice President of Acronyms for
    Suzuki’s Success (V-PASS).

  • 1981

    German designer Hans A. Muth, styles the GSX1100S Katana. It boasts
    an output of 111 hp at 8,500 rpm.
    Marco Lucchinelli wins the 500cc World Championship for Suzuki.

  • 1982

    Franco Uncini wins the 500cc World Championship.

  • 1983

    The RG250 is Suzuki’s first ever race replica. This bike features
    the AL-BOX, square aluminum frame, 16-inch tire and Anti Nose Dive Forks
    (ANDF) at the front.

  • 1985

    The RG500 “Gamma” features the same square-Four cylinder layout as
    the as the factory Grand Prix bikes. Other racy features are the
    square-tube aluminum frame and the removable cassette-type transmission.

  • 1986

    Although the rest of the world got the GSX-R750 a year earlier, the
    most important new motorcycle in a decade finally arrives in the U.S. in
    1986. Kevin Cameron, reviewing the machine in Cycle World, rhetorically
    asks, “Where will we go from here?”
    The new GSX-R1100 covers ¼ mile in 10.3 seconds and boasts a top
    speed of over 160 mph. That’s where we go from here.

  • 1989

    Jamie James wins the AMA Superbike Championship of the GSX-R750.

  • 1990

    The 779cc DR-BIG has the largest single-cylinder engine in living

  • 1991

    The GSX-R750 switches from oil-cooling to water-cooling and gains

  • 1993

    Kevin Schwantz wins the 500cc World Championship. “I’d rather not
    win it this way,” he says, referring to the career-ending injury of his
    arch-rival Wayne Rainey.

  • 1995

    The much-loved 16-valve, 1156cc air/oil-cooled Bandit 1200 appears
    on the scene.

  • 1996

    Suzuki calls the new GSX-R750 the ‘turning-point model’ thanks to
    its twin-spar frame instead of the older double-cradle frame. The engine
    is also redesigned and featured 3-piece crankcases, chrome-plated
    cylinders and a side-mount cam chain as well as Suzuki Ram Air Direct
    (SRAD) system.

  • 1997

    The TL1000S is the first Suzuki sportbike with a V-Twin engine. It
    will be followed a year later by a racier R version, with a dodgy rotary
    vane damping system in the rear shock. Suzuki equipped the TL1000R with
    a steering damper, but it was still prone to headshake and customers
    approached it with caution, if at all.

  • 1999

    Mat Mladin wins the AMA Superbike Championship, beginning a run of
    unprecedented dominance. Mladin will win five more times, and Suzuki
    will win 8 of the next 9 titles.
    With sport bikes getting more and more sharp edged, the company is
    one of the first to recognize what might be called the ‘semi-sport’
    market, as opposed to the supersport market. The SV650 features an
    aluminum-alloy truss frame and a liquid-cooled 90° V-Twin DOHC 4-valve
    Suzuki calls the Hayabusa the ultimate aerodynamic sportbike. It’s
    powered by a 1298cc liquid-cooled DOHC in-line 4-cylinder engine that
    becomes the darling of land-speed racers. The name means “peregrine
    falcon” in Japanese.

  • 2001

    Based on the compact GSX-R750, the GSX-R1000 is powered by a
    liquid-cooled DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder 988cc engine, which features
    narrow-angle valves and downdraft individual throttle-body fuel

  • 2005

    Suzuki’s original 4-stroke motocrosser, the RM-Z450, is equipped
    with a 4-stroke 449cc engine, which features the Suzuki Advanced Sump
    System (SASS).
    Troy Corser gives Suzuki its first and only (so far) World Superbike

  • 2006

    The M109R, Suzuki’s flagship V-Twin cruiser, is powered by a 1783cc
    V-Twin engine with 112mm bore and 90.5mm stroke. It has the largest
    reciprocating pistons in any production passenger car or motorcycle.

  • 2008

    The B-King is launched, powered by the 1340cc Hayabusa engine, the
    B-King is Suzuki’s flagship big ‘Naked’ bike. Suzuki says it has the
    top-ranked power output in the naked category.


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