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HAYABUSA - now even gnarlier!
Fast and Powerful like the Samurai
History Back
  • 1952

    Suzuki created a new type of motor vehicle, a motorized bicycle featured a 36cc two-stroke engine with a double sprocket gear system that enabled the rider to pedal with the engine assisting, pedal without the engine assisting, or disconnect the pedals and run on engine power alone.

  • 1953

    Diamond Free 1953 - Engine type: Air-cooled 58 cc 2-stroke. 2 hp/ 4.000 rpm. Two speeds. Motorcycle racing has always been important for the development of motorcycles. Suzuki started racing in 1953 with its Diamond Free cyclemotor and has seen on the racing tracks and trails ever since. Early on Suzuki realized the importance of participating in races with winner machines. It gave the publicity needed to establish the name Suzuki and also gave important data needed in developing better machines for everyday use.

  • 1954

    By 1954, Suzuki was producing 6,000 motorcycles per month, and changed its name to Suzuki Motor Co. Ltd in June 1954.

  • 1955

    Suzuki's first mass produced car, the Suzulight, was a technical marvel. It included radical innovations for the time such as front-wheel drive, four-wheel suspension, and a rack-and-pinion steering.

  • 1956

    A 250cc twin, Colleda TT - The Colleda TT is the predecessor of all Suzuki 250cc 2-stroke twins, including the T20, T250 and GT250. The air-cooled engine had a square 54 x 54 mm bore and stroke, the same as all of the models just mentioned. It also had new ”modern” floating swing arm with shock absorbers at the rear but the leading front fork design makes one to think of the early BMWs.

  • 1957

    Colleda ST-III 1957
    Overall Length: 2,000 mm (78.7 in)
    Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
    Overall Height: 1,000 mm (39.4 in)
    Dry Weight: 110 kg (242 lbs)
    Engine type: Air-cooled 123 cc single cylinder 2-stroke. 7 hp/ 5,500 rpm.
    3 speeds.
    Maximum speed: 85 kph

     

  • 1958

    Colleda TM 1958
    Overall Length: 1,980 mm (78.0 in)
    Overall Width: 730 mm (28.7 in)
    Overall Height: 960 mm (37.8 in)
    Dry Weight: 144 kg (317 lbs)
    Engine type: Air-cooled 247 cc parallel twin 2-stroke. 18 hp/ 6,000 rpm.
    Maximum speed: 130 kph

     

  • 1959

    Colleda ST-6A 1959
    Overall Length: 2,000 mm (78.7 in)
    Overall Width: 740 mm (29.1 in)
    Overall Height: 1,000 mm (39.4 in)
    Dry Weight: 110 kg (242 lbs)
    Engine type: Air-cooled 123 cc 2-stroke. 8 hp/ 4,000 rpm, 1.07 kg-m/ 4,000 rpm.