The Classic Two-stroke Era 1955-1978.
By Brian Long Hardback 176 pages ISBN: 978-1-787112-12-4 Published by Veloce. www.veloce.co.uk Available from Renniks Publications. (02) 96957055.www.renniks.com RRP: Aust$55.50 It was the acquisition of an early Colleda Setwin SB, identified as a Suzuki simply by the ‘S’ badge on the tank, that set Coventry-born, Japandomiciled author Long (who has over 80 books to his name) on the road to researching and ultimately compiling this comprehensive history, which would appear to be soon joined by a similar compendium covering the Hamamatsu company’s four-strong products. Founder Michio Suzuki first applied his talents to making a weaving loom for his mother, and toyed with the idea of producing cars until war production altered that thinking. The first two wheeler, the Power Free 36 (bicycle with a 36cc engine) was launched in June 1952, and the first true motorcycle, the Colleda CO, going on sale in May 1954. The author has collected a huge amount of company literature and brochures which help illustrate the book, which concentrates on the road and off-road products rather than the racing machines, although the significant competition models are covered. There are yearly production figures in the three decades covered, plus a graph of the evolution of each model. Certainly a musthave for any Suzuki enthusiast, of which there are legions world-wide.