Suzuki Motorcycles have always maintained a balance between winning grand prix races, building superb road machines, and supplying practical city transport. They have not always been in such a commanding position though. When Suzuki began manufacturing motorbikes in 1952 the British dominated, with famous brands of Norton, AJS, Matchless and Triumph motorcycles.
This situation would come to an end within two decades. Suzuki burst onto the world stage with bikes that were faster and better. Motorcyclists soon stopped buying British army makeovers using 1930â€™s technology. Letâ€™s find out how Suzuki Motorcycles managed the transition.
The Dawn of the First Suzuki Motorcycles
The war left Japan in ruins. City transport was limited to battered army vehicles, bicycles, and used motorcycles the troops left behind. The Suzuki Motor Corporation decided to turn its superb engineering skills to making clip-on motors for bicycles. It was not long before everybody wanted a motorcycle. By 1955, Suzuki Motorcycles was exporting the stylish 125cc Colleda four stroke to Australia.
But Suzuki motorcycles wanted more, it wanted to race, and it wanted to win. Soon its high revving bikes were 50cc and 125 cc champions of the world. Larger 250cc and 500cc bikes had even more high performing engines. In 1976, Suzuki Motorcycles sent British racing dreams spiralling with a 1,000cc superbike revving at 8,500rpm.
Suzuki Starts to Dominate World Racetracks
Owners of 650cc Triumph Bonnevilleâ€™s fell silent. When they â€˜jumped shipâ€™, they revelled in high spinning grunt coupled to superb handling they never imagined. They spoke of flying down highways on their Suzies without a hint of vibration. The legend was born, but Suzuki had more bad news for those racing on KTM, Triumph, and BMW motorcycles.
In 1979, Suzuki Motorcycles won the AMA Superbike Championship, followed by the 500cc World Championship in 1982. It built racing experience into road bikes. The media hailed the 1986 GSX-R1000 as the most important motorcycle of the decade.
Suzuki Motorcycles is Still Firmly in Charge
Suzuki Motorcycles learned what its competition still has to understand. It is in the business of selling motorcycles, not just winning grand prix races. It uses motorsport to test new technology under extreme conditions. It then builds racing experience into motorcycling dreams. It was great news when Suzuki returned to motorbike racing in 2015 after a few yearsâ€™ absence while adapting to the global slowdown.
Its return at the 2015 MotoGP was nothing short of spectacular with machine, rider, team and management combining superbly. For 2017 motocross, the Suzuki Motorcycles secret sauce is ten-time world champion Stefan Everts, set to oversee the start of yet another glorious era of Suzuki motocross racing history.
The thrilling ASEAN Association of Southeast Asian Nations GIXXER cup will be another opportunity for Suzuki fans to stay ahead of the competition. If you own a Suzie jump on the saddle, fire up the power and speed away because you know you own a winner. If you do not, perhaps you should contact us to arrange a free Suzuki Motorcycle ride.