With their Headquarters in Hamamatsu (specifically Minami-Ku), Suzuki Motor Corporation began the production of bikes in 1952. The sales volume of the domestic motorcycle of Suzuki remains the third biggest in this country. The earliest models of Suzuki motorcycles were motorized bicycles. Within 1955–76, the automobile giant produced only motorcycles with 2-stroke engines. GT750 was the biggest model with this engine type and has a triple cylinder and is water-cooled.
East German Grand Prix racer, Ernst Degner, was a huge factor responsible for the success of the corporation in double stroke rivalry. In1961, Degner went through a defection to West Germany and took along his expertise in double stroke engines from MZ – a company from East Germany. Degner brought with his secrets, which formed the core of Walter Kaaden’s work. This enabled Kaaden to merge – for the first time – 3 essential technologies which were the rotary valve, the boost port as well as the expansion chamber.
Suzuki then recruited Degner as one of its staff and he emerged winner of the 50-cc title in the FIM road racing World Championship for the company. This was in the season of 1962. When Joel Robert won 250 cc titles in 1970, the Japanese corporation became the first manufacturer from Japan to come out victorious in a motocross world championship that year. Suzuki in the 70s consolidated their status in the world of motorcycle racing when Roger De Coster and Barry Sheene won world championships in the premier 500 cc class in motocross and racing, accordingly.
Since the advent of the Colleda COX in the 50s, Suzuki launched its first motorcycles in 1976 which were 4-stroke engines – GS750 and GS400. The manufacturer entered into a partnership agreement with Nanjing Jincheng Machinery in a deal which birthed Jincheng Suzuki. Jincheng Suzuki is a Chinese manufacturer as well as an exporter.
Suzuki kept competing in MotoGP and eventually emerged winner of 2000 season. The team, since 2006, has been sponsored by Rizla; thus, it was referred to as Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team. Suzuki, on the 18th of November 2011, made an announcement that the GP racing had been suspended till 2014, partially as a result of the recession and natural disasters. Additionally, Suzuki has achieved ninety-three wins in total at the Isle of Man TT Races. Also, the corporation finished in the runner-up position in different race categories one hundred times as well as ninety-two third places, in total.
Popular Models of Suzuki Bikes
Also known as T20 Super Six, this model has2-stroke engine, and its sales were recorded between 1966 and 1986 as the fastest 250cc motorcycle worldwide.
This is another 2-stroke engine model, launched in 1971. It was manufactured to take part in 500cc class Motocross World Championship racing. However, the plan did not come out successful as it could not be controlled by talented drivers. In 1975, the bike was re-designed.
Suzuki RF Series
This model had four-stroke engines and was designed for sport touring. The series featured 3 variations of engines including 900, 600 and 400 ccs. The production lasted from 1994 through 1998.