Suzuki Motor Corporation is a multinational corporation headquartered in Hamamatsu, Japan that specializes in manufacturing compact automobiles, a full range of motorcycles, All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs), outboard marine engines, wheelchairs and a variety of other small internal combustion engines. Suzuki is the 12th largest automobile manufacturer in the world by production volume, employs over 45,000 people, has 35 main production facilities in 23 countries and 133 distributors in 192 countries.
"Suzuki" is pronounced in Japanese as "soo-zoo-kee" /suzuki/, with emphasis on a high "kee". It is almost always pronounced in English as "suh-ZOO-kee" with a stressed "zoo". This pronunciation is used by the English-speaking public and by the Suzuki company in marketing campaigns directed towards this demographic. Suzuki is Japanese for "sea bass".
Suzuki started manufacturing motorcycles in 1952, the first models being motorized bicycles. During the 1950s, 1960s and the better part of the 1970s, the company manufactured motorcycles with two-stroke engines only, the biggest two-stroke model being the water-cooled triple-cylinder GT750.
A large factor in Suzuki's success in two-stroke competition was the East German Grand Prix racer Ernst Degner, who defected to the West in 1961, bringing with him expertise in two-stroke engines from the East German manufacturer MZ. Suzuki hired Degner, and he won the 50cc F.I.M. road racing World Championship for them in 1962. Suzuki became the first Japanese manufacturer to win a motocross world championship when Joel Robert won the 1970 250cc title. In the 1970s, Suzuki established themselves in the motorcycle racing world with Barry Sheene and Roger De Coster winning world championships in the premier 500 cc division in road racing and motocross respectively.
However, it wasn't until 1976 that Suzuki introduced its first motorcycle with a four-stroke engine, the GS400 and GS750. Since then, Suzuki has established a reputation as a manufacturer of well-engineered sport motorcycles.
In 1994, Suzuki partnered with Nanjing Jincheng Machinery to create a Chinese motorcycle manufacturer and exporter called Jincheng Suzuki.
Suzuki continues to compete in MotoGP and last won the title in 2000. Since 2006, the team is sponsored by Rizla and is known as Rizla Suzuki MotoGP team.
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Hayabusa ( GSX1300R ) The Legendary motorcycle, it was a shift in manufacturing speed/sport/super sport motorcycle industry from both technical and design aspects, and although other bikes overcame its performance, the legend of Hayabusa survived from 1998 until 2008 when the new design was unleashed, but the name Hayabusa is an icon to the power of the sport bike carrying the highest speed records of a commercially sold bike of over 320KM/H (200M/H), as the name Ninja to the looking of the sport bike which was called to the Kawasaki product.
GSX-R1000 claimed to be the highest selling numbers of a 1000 cc bike in history, the GSXR1000 first launched in 2000, remained in the top appreciated bikes ever because it's performance was always a benchmark in the market for all other bikes.
GSX-R750 The grandfather of the GSXR-1000, this designation is more than 25 years old and this model is being updated/redesigned entirely every 2-4 years, with the new 2009 model receiving high praise. The GSX-R750 is the sole remaining representative in its class. All other manufacturers have quit trying to compete with the all-conquering Suzuki in this engine displacement class of sportbikes.
GSX-R600 The soft Version of the GSXR750, and one of the competitors which dominated the market of a sport bike looking with small relative power to the bigger cc families. Comparable to Honda's CBR600RR, and Kawasaki's ZX-6.
FA50 ( Moped ) Reliable, 50cc two-stroke moped. Used Suzuki's Pointless Ignition System. Unlike traditional mopeds, the FA50 did not have pedals, and was a kick-start.