Suzuki, a globally known brand, is commonly associated with fast, sporty motorcycles. This phenomenal feat was achieved through years of dedication and a commitment to accomplishing great feats in the industry. In this article, we take a look at a few of those extraordinary milestones and review how Suzuki came to be.


Fastest in Speed and Acceleration


When all motorcycle brands reach an agreement not to exceed your record, you have officially earned bragging rights. This amazing feat was accomplished back in 1999 when the Suzuki Hayabusa was released. In case you are not familiar, this sports bike was the first to achieve speeds of extreme speed, specifically 186 mph. 


After letting the information become known to the public, other companies took it upon themselves to start implementing speed caps on future models. Although this was primarily done for safety reasons, the mph inhibitor was a commonplace in the industry for about 8 years.


That said, this is not the only well-respected world record the Hayabusa established. The amazing Suzuki sports bike can go from 0 to 60 mph in 2.47 seconds. Although this impressive achievement was established back in 2002, the only company that has manage to beat it as of date is Suzuki themselves.


Humble Beginnings


In 1909, Suzuki Loom Works, a loom manufacturing company, was established by Michio Suzuki. Over the next 30 years, this budding company became very popular in the Japanese silk industry. Despite the success, Suzuki opted to explore other manufacturing opportunities. 


By 1952, the brand found a profitable opportunity in the two-wheeled vehicle industry producing essentially bicycles with 36 cc, two-stroke engines attached. Three years later, Suzuki was producing about 6,000 of these budding motorcycles a month. To honor the successful transition, the motorcycle manufacturer changed its name to Suzuki Motor Co., Ltd. in 1954.


Consistent Success


Over the next few decades, Suzuki continued to produce both automobiles, sports bikes, and other engine powered machines. A few notable achievements recorded during this time frame are listed below.


  • First place winner in the 1962 Grand Prix 50cc division road a Suzuki
  • Almost half of the top 12 finishing places were accomplished by riders using a Suzuki


After gaining major attention for their motorcycle win rates, Suzuki opted to keep raising awareness of the brand by opening a branch in the United States. Between this move and the numerous international competitions won throughout the 1970s, Suzuki firmly established itself as a globally known brand. 


Then, the 1980s rolled around, and the motorcycle manufacturer released the GSX750 series. This amazing sports bike model was considered to be a road ready, affordable motorcycle. 


Given the popularity of the sports bike, the motorcycle manufacturer has consistently evolved the GSX series throughout the years. Of these models, those with the Suzuki Ram Air Direct, or SRAD, cooling system has undergone very few changes over the last 9 years. Many attribute this pattern to the phenomenal design of the motorcycle.


Needless to say, if you can find a reasonably priced used sport bike from the GSX series or the Suzuki brand, it is likely worth buying.


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