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|In 1909 Michio Suzuki manufactured Silk Looms until about 1952
when due to financial problems Suzuki ventured into developing clip
on engines to bicycle frames. The first model was called the Power
Free (36cc) and the follow-up model was the Diamond Free (60cc).
Suzuki produced its first motorcycle in 1954 called the Colleda (90cc).
Suzuki built small capacity bikes during the 50s and 60s and had only
small export success until the introduction of the X6 (T20 super six)
which gave Suzuki much name credibility.
With a well established name Suzuki dared enter the big bike market
and in 1967 Suzuki introduced T500. Which was known as the Titan in
America and the Cobra in England. The name changed over the years
to GT500 due to many improvements but it was purely the sharp price
and good reliability which kept the GT in production until 1977.
|The Water Buffalo was introduced in 1971 in America and the Kettle
in Britain - both the same GT750 bike and the start for Suzuki to enter
the superbike market. The GT750 wasn't a very impressive machine
and also couldn't match the other bikes in the market at the time.
Once again the production kept going based on it’s demand for good
price and reliability.
In 1976 Suzuki introduced the first GS750 which was an immediate hit
in this very competitive market area. The GS 750 managed to out
perform all rivals of the time and was the start of a very popular GS
line for the coming years.
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|Most bikes produced around the middle 70s had enough power but
lacked a steady frame. The introduction of the Suzuki GS1000 in
1978 changed this problem once and for all. The GS out preformed
every other bike in it's category and had a frame to match its power.
The only thing which could be said against the very popular and
successful GS1000 was its dull looks.
The GS1000 was redesigned and new models based on the same
original success bike were introduced. The GSX1000 in 1980 and the
GSX1100S Katana in 1982. The later bike was a huge success due to
it powerful performance, funky style, low weight and good pricing.
Suzuki pulled a stunt within the motorcycle market by introducing
the GSX-R750 which was such a direct copy of their formula race
bike with the only difference that this GSX was road legal. It turned
the supersport motorcycle market upside down and dominated the
way superbikes would look for the future.
The GSX-R750 was super fast, which wasn't hard to understand
since there were hardly any changes to its race track design. Both
on the street and in the race track the bike was a huge success. In
1986 the GSX-R1100 was also added to the line.
The GSX style and line didn't change much over all the years with
improvements being made to the bike. A small fluke in design made
Suzuki lose its performance lead with the GSX-R1100. But the
GSX-R750 has remained a hit up until today.
Maybe still hurt by losing the performance edge with the GSX-R1100
redisgn in the 1990s Suzuki introduced the GSX-1300R (Hayabusa)
in 1999. This sent the Honda Blackbird packing and became the
world's fastest production bike at a whopping 190 mph (307 km/h).
In 2001 Suzuki introduced an upgrade GSX-R750 engine and created
the GSX-R1000 (998cc) which is a super bike with outstanding
performance. In 2003 the GSX-R1000 was restyled but still kept its
position as a super class bike. We couldn't find statistics for sales in
2012, but have it on good authority, that Suzuki
Motorcycle sales were down 17.6% for 2014. Suzuki does not like to
release sales numbers.