The Suzuki Motor Corporation traces its history back to 1909 and a small coastal Japanese village. At first concentrating on producing looms for Japan's burgeoning silk industry, the company soon diversified into automobiles. The Second World War halted progress for a while, but the company subsequently responded to growing demand for reliable and affordable transportation. Its 1952 "Power Free" was its first prototype motorcycle. Essentially, it was a bicycle fitted with a 36cc two-stroke single-horsepower engine. Users could choose whether to pedal the bicycle without or without assistance from the engine or disconnect the pedals and use the engine alone. Buyers, and the Japanese government, loved the concept. Within two years, 6,000 motorcycles per month were rolling off Suzuki's production lines.
Suzuki motorcycles came to international attention in the early 1960s. High placings in the Isle of Man TT races of 1960 and 1961 were almost eclipsed by the 1962 class FIM road racing World Championship race, when Ernest Degner rode Suzuki's RM62 to victory in the 50cc category. The following year, Mitsuo Itoh, riding for Suzuki, became the first Japanese rider to win the Isle of Man 50cc race. 1963 was also a year in which Suzuki was awarded both the manufacturer's and the rider's championships, for both 50cc and 125cc groups. Over the following decades, Suzuki increased its total number of victories at the Isle of Man TT Races to 93. It has also competed regularly in MotoGP, last winning the title in 2000.
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It was not only on the racing circuit that the manufacturer continued to go from strength to strength. Its T20 motorcycle was one of several new machines introduced in 1965. Billed as the world's fastest 250cc motorcycle, it was pitched to the US market, but buyers elsewhere also saw the appeal and demand soared.
In 1976, Suzuki branched out from two-stroke engines and introduced the four-stroke GS400 and GS750. A whole succession of machines followed. Everyone has their favourites, but one particularly noteworthy model is the Katana, first released in Europe in 1980. A machine said to have changed the face of sportsbikes, the 1982 Katana GS1000SV holds a place in the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame's "classic bikes". Another popular bike, perhaps more familiar to today's riders, is the GSX-R1000, a superbike powered by a liquid-cooled 999cc inline four-cylinder four-stroke engine. The 2017 model, now available to buyers, is a market leader.
Suzuki also has a range of concept motorcycles and is working towards commercial production of its Burgman Fuel-Cell Scooter, whose only emission is water.
Anyone riding a Suzuki model will appreciate the design and engineering that went into its production. Careful and regular maintenance will keep these machines running safely and at peak performance. Tyres are key to this. Day-to-day maintenance - optimal inflation and monitoring tread depth - is an important task for the rider.
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A good garage, such as Protyre, will be delighted to help riders maintain their tyres and, where necessary, to replace them. Carrying stocks of all the biggest brands in motorcycle tyres, including Bridgestone, Dunlop, Metzeler, Michelin and Pirelli, Protyre is bound to have something suitable. Moreover, with most of its more than 30 fitting centres offering a same-day or next-day fitting service, there is no need to be off the road for long.
Popular Suzuki Motorcycles
Below is a selection of the most popular models of Suzuki motorcycle. For more information on the tyres suited to your model of Suzuki motorcycle, selet one of the options below:
Suzuki Bandit 600
The Suzuki 600 Bandit Motorcycles are equipped with a 15-tooth front sprocket and 48-tooth rear sprocket which are connected by a 530V, 110 link-chain.
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The Suzuki GSX-R600 is a 600cc class, or supersport, sport bike in Suzuki's GSX-R series of motorcycles.
Suzuki GSX-R600 Tyres
Part of the family of 750cc sports motorcycles from Suzuki's GSX-R series, the Suzuki GSX-R750 was the first affordable, modern race bike replica that is suitable for use on roads.
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The Suzuki GSX-R1000 was first released in 2001 as a replacement for the GSX-R1100. It is powered by a liquid-cooled 999cc, inline four-cylinder, four-stroke engine.
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First manufactured in 1999, the Suzuki Hayabusa is a sport bike motorcycle. It’s top speed of 303-312 km/h resulted in global recognition and acclaim as the world’s fastest production motorcycle.
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Suzuki SV 650
The Suzuki SV650 is a street motorcycle that has been manufactured since 1999. It features a mid-sized V-twin engine and medium performance components.
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