Classic Suzuki Motorcycles

Four-play: 1977-1979 Suzuki GS750

Learn how the Suzuki GS750 4-cylinder, 4-stroke with dual overhead camshafts set it apart from the Honda 750F and the Kawasaki KZ750 motorcycles of the 1970s.

A Suzuki X6 Hustler from the Past

A reader builds a Suzuki X6 Hustler from two dead X6’s in memory of the X6 he rode as a teenager 50 years later.

A Suzuki Katana Collection Unlike Any Other

Suzuki Katana collector Ken Edgar shows us his collection of Suzukis, featuring every production U.S. Katana model, the Target Design ED-2 prototype, an original 1982 Katana in the crate and more.

Power Trip: 1985 Suzuki GS1150ES

When the Suzuki GS1150ES debuted in April 1984, it was the quickest production bike Cycle World had ever tested, running a quarter-mile in 10.94 seconds.

Game Changer: 1986-1987 Suzuki GSX-R750

Comparing the Suzuki GSX-R750 with its primary competitors, the Yamaha FZ750 and Honda VFR750F.

Fire Road Flyer: 1971-1979 Suzuki TS400 Apache

Comparing the Suzuki TS400 Apache with its main rivals, the Yamaha DT400 and Kawasaki F5 Bighorn 350.

Joe Carrillo's 1986 Suzuki RG500 Gamma

A reader shares his Suzuki RG500 Gamma, which he sold to a customer back in 1986.

John Rose’s 1967 Suzuki T200 X5 Invader

A reader shares his Suzuki T200 X5 Invader, which he found leaning against a house in 1982.

My Cousin Dewey's Suzuki: Remembering the One that Got Away

This story involves my cousin Dewey, a Suzuki, and my first ride on a motorcycle.

Super Commuter: 1973-1977 Suzuki GT185

Comparing the Suzuki GT185 with its main sub-200cc competitors, the Yamaha RD200 and Honda CB175.

Cult Classic: 1985 Suzuki GS1150E

The 1985 Suzuki GS1150E was strong, reliable and fast, but stock survivors are now rare.

Suzuki RG500 XR14 Racer Test

Alan Cathcart rides Barry Sheene's 1975 Dutch TT-winning Suzuki RG500.

Stuart Hayashida’s Suzuki GS550

A reader reports on his latest find, a 1977 Suzuki GS550 in relatively great original condition.

Future Classic: Suzuki GS450

Brad Babcock’s Suzuki GS450 is his favorite back roads bike.

Luck of the Draw: 1981 Suzuki GS1100EX

Found in rough condition, this Suzuki GS1100EX was rescued by Trace St. Germain.

A 400 on Steroids: Suzuki GS450

Best bets on tomorrow’s classics: 1980-1983 Suzuki GS450.

1973-1977 Suzuki GT250

Tomorrow’s Classics: 1973-1977 Suzuki GT250, a 247cc parallel twin 2-stroke.

1979 Suzuki GS1000S

A 1979 Suzuki GS1000S Wes Cooley Replica on display with other classic motorcycles at Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

Suzuki Stinger: 15 Horsepower of Fun, Painted Green

A Vintage Motorcycle Days swap meet find, this Suzuki Stinger was restored and is now back on the road.

1972 Suzuki T500

1972 Suzuki T500 at the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Leeds, Alabama.

1975 Suzuki GT550 Indy

Although the Suzuki GT550 was plain, it was one of the most reliable and soundest two strokes around.   

Lane Pipkin's Suzuki GT750 LeMans

Lane Pipkin discusses owning and riding his Suzuki GT750 LeMans.

1980-83 Suzuki GS1100 E/ES

The Suzuki GS1100 E can truly be called the first “modern superbike.”

1975 Suzuki RE-5 Rotary Motorcycle

Suzuki bet the farm — and almost lost it — on its revolutionary rotary motorcycle.

Bernie Rugg’s 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ

Bernie Rugg discusses owning and riding a 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ.

1983 Suzuki Tempter GR650-X

Imagine the weight and handling of a classic British twin. Then update the suspension with a rear hydraulic swing arm style mono-shock and adjustable front air forks. Make the bike look good with chromed exhaust and fenders, contrasted by black cylinders and frame, pay homage to the classic Triumph twins with a teardrop tank and clean lines, and oh yeah, keep it affordable – very affordable. That’s what you have with the 1983 Suzuki Tempter GR650-X. Dave Reiss reviews his 1983 Suzuki Tempter GR650-X, a British-inspired twin that never quite caught on in the U.S.

The Suzuki T500 Titan

Cynics said there was no future in big 2-stroke motorcycles; the Suzuki Titan T500 proved them wrong, and it is still one of the most popular classic Japanese motorcycles.

1977 Suzuki GS750

After the radical Suzuki RE5 Rotary almost sank the company, the conservative yet thoroughly modern 1977 Suzuki GS750 saved the day and has become a classic Suzuki motorcycle. 

1970 Suzuki AC50 Maverick

In the world of motorcycles, the Suzuki AC50 Maverick is a relative unknown.

1978 Suzuki GS1000

The Suzuki GS1000 traces its history back to 1976 when Suzuki launched its GS line of 4-cylinder, 4-stroke bikes.

1967 Suzuki X6 Hustler

When Suzuki first hit the U.S. market in 1963, it was just another link in a growing chain of new — and often forgettable — companies from the Land of the Rising Sun. Three years later we got the Suzuki X6 Hustler, and Suzuki got remembered.

The Suzuki GS550

As the last of Japan’s Big Four to introduce 4-stroke engine technology to its lineup, Suzuki clearly appreciated that when it finally went up to bat against the other 4-strokes with the Suzuki GS550, it needed a home run.

Suzuki GT750 Le Mans

The Suzuki GT750 was a smokin' liquid-cooled 2-stroke triple "Superbike"

Suzuki T500

The 1968-1975 Suzuki T500 is a solid two-stroke parallel twin that is a reliable, rideable classic.

The Suzuki GT380

Although two-stroke engines are rare in new motorcycles today, back in 1972 the GT380 was one of a handful of two-strokes sitting on the sales floor at your local Suzuki dealership.

1972 Suzuki T250 Hustler

Suzuki's T250 Hustler was the 250cc two-stroke twin that enjoyed a fearsome reputation in the early 1970s, and today it's a fun and rideable classic.

1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ

The 1982 Suzuki Katana GS1000SZ looks as futuristic today as it did more than 20 years ago.

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