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Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times

Suzuki Motor Corporation will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2020. The company has produced bikes, vehicles, marine engines, and weaving looms throughout its history and is still considered one of the leading participants in the global motorcycle market. While Suzuki’s current lineup of motorcycles may not be regarded as ground-breaking or world-renowned, it’s impossible to dispute that the Hamamatsu plant has produced some true legends on the world’s roads and tracks before. To celebrate Suzuki reaching this milestone here are the Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Time.

Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times – Top Rated

10. Suzuki Power Free

Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times

The 36cc, two-stroke Power free was the first true Suzuki motorcycle (i.e., not fitted with an engine from another manufacturer).

It was built around a bicycle frame with a very traditional shape, just like a natural first bike, and the small engine was suspended inside the frame. It wasn’t revolutionary, but it helped the business establish itself in the domestic motorcycle market, producing 6,000 bikes per month by 1954.

It’s funny that the GSX-R, Hayabusa and Katana wouldn’t have existed without this bike.

9. Suzuki TL1000R

Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times

They were designed to compete against Ducati and Honda in the V-twin class on the WSBK and AMA circuits. Unfortunately, Suzuki’s timing was off, and after just one WSBK victory, the factory decided to abandon the TL program and focus on the GSX-R750 instead.

Enthusiasts have developed a cult following for the TL1000R and its half-sibling, the TL1000S. The styling and powerful V-Twin engine were vital factors, but they also helped it establish a reputation for being a bit of a beast to ride.

8. Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa

Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times

The high-speed war of the mid-to-late 1990s served as a battleground for Hayabusa, which was built when the major manufacturers were engaged in an open conflict for global dominance. The ‘Bosa was the king of the autobahn and a favorite among those looking for cheap speed on the road and drag strip thanks to its 170bhp and a top speed of over 180mph.

7. Suzuki GSX-S1100S Katana

Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times

Not a reboot but rather the first model built in the early 1980s. The appearance of the Suzuki Katana sent the motorcycle industry into a frenzy, and mass rigging ensued.

The bike’s futuristic qualities didn’t end with style; Former BMW design chief Hans Muth and Business Target Design were tasked with styling. It had 110 bhp, crude anti-dive on the front forks, preload adjustment on the rear shock, and spaceship-like appearance and performance.

6. Suzuki GSX-R750 F-H (AKA-Slabside)

Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times

One of the first true four-stroke, four-cylinder race cars that Joe (or Joan) blogs could buy was the GSX-R, released in 1984.

With its advanced technology and low weight at launch, it surprised the world. It quickly became a favorite among a new generation of bikers eschewing the scene of mods and rockers in favor of more adrenaline-fueled thrills. Were

5. Suzuki RGV250

Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times

A two-stroke, 250cc race replica can be ridden on a Honda NSR250, Aprilia RS250, or Suzuki RGV250.

In large part due to its outrageous color schemes and reputation as the bad boy of the two-stroke pack, the RGV was the 250 GP copy for many. It was surprisingly fast on the track and, in the hands of a skilled rider, would destroy the liter sports bikes of the era. Unfortunately for two-strokes, the popularity of imported 400cc sports bikes, which were more reliable, easier to ride, and required less maintenance, effectively killed the craze. And as a result, blue haze machines became less expensive and attractive.

4. Suzuki RG500 Gamma

Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times

Keeping with the two-stroke motif, we have the RG500, the granddaddy of the early GP race reps. The RG500 was a distant relative of the Suzuki 500cc GP bikes that won the World Championship in 1981 and 1982. It was elegant, fast and uncompromising and produced 95bhp using components including disc valves, flat slide carbs, and dual cranks.

Because of their race DNA, race bikes have engine dynamics that produce relatively little power or torque below 5,000 rpm. The RG500 will produce acceleration that few bikes of its era can match when it finds a sweet spot.

3. Suzuki GSX-R1100

Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times

Suzuki tried to use a hammer to break Honda’s powerful Fireblade to counter it. The bigger Gixxer got water cooling instead of oil/air cooling to deliver more power, and the bike weighed over 250kg in ready-to-ride form.

Although sales weren’t huge, the 1100 WP’s rough-to-the-bone attitude made it a favorite among riders who liked to pull wheelies and run from local law enforcement at high speeds. You could be excused for believing all this negativity would make the bike a sales flop.

2. Suzuki GSX-R600 SRAD

Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times

The GSX-R600 SRAD, with its twin headlights hidden by a perspex cover, is, in my opinion, the most attractive super sports 600 of the 1990s. The 600 SRAD quickly gained popularity among dealers and racers thanks to its excellent handling, good-but-excellent engine, and adequate brakes.

1. Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5

Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times

The GSX-R1000 K5 is often referred to as the granddaddy of the GSX-R lineup as it has the size of a 600cc super sports bike and the power and torque of 1000. It handled quickly without being razor-edged, without being fast. Being awesome, and most of all, it was accessible to riders of all skill levels.

The K5 was also a hit on the track, with many drivers continuing to compete in championships and elite events long after the model was replaced. It performed exceptionally well on the streets and in the sales charts.

BMW reportedly used test mules based on the K5’s geometry and riding position when building the initial iteration of its S1000RR sports bike; the K5 was excellent.

Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times – Top List

Sr. # Top Ten Best Suzuki Bikes of All Times
1 Suzuki GSX-R1000 K5
2 Suzuki GSX-R600 SRAD
3 Suzuki GSX-R1100
4 Suzuki RG500 Gamma
5 Suzuki RGV250
6 Suzuki GSX-R750 F-H (AKA-Slabside)
7 Suzuki GSX-S1100S Katana
8 Suzuki GSX1300R Hayabusa
9 Suzuki TL1000R
10 Suzuki Power Free

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