Suzuki Mo­tor­cy­cles

The Clas­sic Two-stroke Era 1955-1978.

Old Bike Australasia - - EYES RIGHT -

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.

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