Suzuki is one of the biggest names in motorcycle manufacturing and one of a host of enormous Japanese brands on the market.
But that’s not always been the case.
Where it all began for Suzuki
Michio Suzuki was the son of a cotton farmer and in 1909, he started out in business manufacturing looms.
By 1937, manufacturing cotton looms had been replaced by building small cars before the Japanese government threw the stoppers on the production of civilian cars because they were a non-essential commodity during the second world war.
The move to two-wheels
In 1952 Suzuki began developing clip-on engines for bicycles, a process that soon led to the production of small capacity motorbikes, the first of which was the 90cc Colleda.
By 1954, Suzuki was producing 6,000 motorcycles per month and had officially changed its name to the Suzuki Motor Company and by 1958, 50cc, 125cc and 250cc Suzuki bikes had been introduced along with the company’s famous S logo, which is still used on motorbikes to this day.
Now established worldwide, Suzuki entered the big bike market in 1967 with the introduction of the GT500 – a bike that stayed in production until the 1970’s.
The famous model
The manufacturer is best known for its GSX-R series of bikes but no matter what Suzuki you own, you’ll be able to compare insurance quotes with The Bike Insurer.
Even if you’re still unsure about whether Suzuki is the brand for you, we can still help, thanks to our Suzuki rider reviews below.Close