Suzuki Motorcycles

Updated May 2020

Suzuki has been manufacturing motorcycles since 1952 and was all about two-stroke engines for more than two decades. In fact, Suzuki didn’t introduce a motorcycle with a four-stroke engine until the GS750 was produced in 1976.

Just two years later Suzuki unveiled the GS1000E, which became the flagship model of the GS series and Suzuki’s first-ever literbike. As far as contemporary motorcycles go, Suzuki may be best known for the GSX-R sportbike, beginning with the GSX-R750 in 1985. The United States got the bike a year later, and it was hailed by some as the most important new motorcycle in a decade. The popular platform is alive and well today. Suzuki also has a storied racing history, highlighted by Joel Robert who gave Suzuki (and Japan) its first World Motocross championship in 1970, and Kenny Roberts Junior, who gave Suzuki its last 500cc/MotoGP title in 2000.

Suzuki motorcycles include the GSX-R family of sportbikes such as the GSX-R1000 and GSX-R600 and the high-powered Hayabusa, cruisers such as the Boulevard M109R, SV650 and V-Strom streetbikes, and the Burgman 650 scooter. Suzuki’s off-road motorcycles include the DR650S dual sport and RM-Z450 motocross bike.

Suzuki Katana

What’s old is new again, as Suzuki has revived the Katana name and re-introduced one of its most iconic models. Underneath that retro-inspired bodywork lies the basic framework of the GSX-S1000.


Some say Suzuki created the modern sportbike era with the 1985 GSX-R750. The spiritual successor to that bike, the current GSX-R1000R adds more displacement – and another R. Thankfully, Suzuki still produces a GSX-R750 sportbike, the last manufacturer to do so.

When it was first introduced in 1999, the Suzuki Hayabusa blew everyone away with its massive power and straight line speed – capable of over 200 mph. It was because of this machine that the OEMs came to a gentlemen’s agreement to limit top speed to 187 mph (300 kph). Suzuki last updated the Hayabusa in 2008, and it’s still in production today.

Along with the Hayabusa, Suzuki released another bike in 1999 that has garnered a cult-like following: the SV650. The hugely popular SV has gone through a few different iterations over the years, but is just as popular as ever thanks to its inviting engine and how easy it is to ride.

In Adventure Touring circles, the V-Strom 1050 has been a staple. It doesn’t necessarily outclass the competition in any particular category, but as a sum of its parts, the ‘Strom is an amazing and capable motorcycle.

The Suzuki Burgman 650 is a scooter that could easily pull double duty as a cross-country sport-tourer. Comfortable, zippy, and with a ton of creature comforts (not to mention storage capacity), the Burgman 650 is another staple in the Suzuki familiy.

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  • Suzuki Announces Returning 2021 US Models Including 100th Anniversary GSX-Rs

    Shortly after Suzuki announced a limited edition 100th livery for its GSX-R models, the manufacturer confirmed a number of models returning to the US for 2021. For the U.S., Suzuki will offer the GSX-R1000R, GSX-R750 and GSX-R600 with the anniversary edition blue and silver paint.  Joining them are the DR-Z400S dual sport and its DR-Z400SM […] more
  • Marty Smith: 1956-2020

    AMA Hall of Famer and the first ever AMA 125cc National Motocross Champion Marty Smith and his wife, Nancy, have died in a dune buggy accident. The Smiths were riding in the Imperial Sand Dunes Recreation Area (a.k.a. the Glamis Dunes) when the dune buggy they were driving rolled over. In a Facebook post, former […] more
  • Act Now To Take Part In Enhanced Incentive Suzuki GSX-R Recall Service

    GSX-R owners of the affected models and years should hurry to take part in the incentive program for the Suzuki GSX-R recall before it expires. Begin Press Release: Suzuki Announces Enhanced Incentive Program for GSX-R Recall Service Customers with affected GSX-R models are eligible for free pick-up and delivery in addition to the $100 prepaid […] more
  • Suzuki Demo Rides Return To Sturgis Motorcycle Rally

    Going to Sturgis? Ever wanted to test ride a new Suzuki? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you’re in luck, because that’s exactly what you can do starting tomorrow. Suzuki: Rally Demo Event part of The Grand Opening of Rice’s Rushmore Motorsports BREA, CA – August 3, 2018 – Riders attending the […] more
  • Suzuki Recalls Certain DR-Z400S and DR-Z400SM Motorcycles

    The brake light may not illuminate anymore, and Suzuki is happy to replace yours free of charge, but it seems like it’s a quick fix anyone with even the least amount of mechanical aptitude can handle all on their own. Begin Release: WASHINGTON, D.C. – July 24, 2018 Suzuki Recall: Brake Light May Not Illuminate […] more
  • Barker’s Performance Launches Suzuki DR-Z 400 Full Exhaust System

    *Attention Suzuki DR-Z400 owners* – Looking to squeeze a little more power out of your bike, drop some weight and add more style? Check out the Barker’s Performance Suzuki DR-Z400 full exhaust system for up to +5hp gains or more! Barker’s Performance: Bad Axe, MI – June 21, 2018 – Just in time for the […] more
  • Joan Mir Will Make His MotoGP Debut with Suzuki ECSTAR in 2019

    A successful Moto3 World Champion and current Moto2 racer, young 20-year-old Joan Mir has inked a two-year deal with Suzuki ECSTAR to move up to the premier MotoGP class in 2019 and 2020. As reported earlier last week, Andrea Iannone, who’s seat Mir will be taking, is moving to race with Aprilia.  Suzuki: Team Suzuki […] more
  • Andrea Iannone Leaves Suzuki for Aprilia

    For a while now, Andrea Iannone has been open about not staying with Suzuki‘s MotoGP team past this season. That is now official, with Suzuki formally announcing Iannone would not return, followed by Aprilia Racing Team Gresini saying it has signed the 28-year-old to a two-year contract. Iannone joined Suzuki in 2017 after a two-year […] more
  • Alex Rins Staying with Suzuki for Two More Years

    Suzuki has retained Alex Rins for two more seasons, signing the young Spanish racer to a new contract that will carry through the 2020 MotoGP season. Rins showed a lot of promise despite battling some serious injuries in his rookie season last year. This year has been fairly disappointing with three DNFs in four rounds, […] more
  • Rumors Suggest Suzuki Interested in Luring Jorge Lorenzo from Ducati for 2019

    With less than expected performance and results from Andrea Iannone as Team Suzuki Ecstar’s lead rider since his debut last year, the Hamamatsu factory is rumored to be interested in luring Jorge Lorenzo from Ducati in 2019. Lorenzo has also struggled to find his rhythm and provide good results aboard his Ducati Desmosedici, having scored […] more
  • Suzuki Will Offer 2018 GSX-R1000 And GSX250R In Additional Color Schemes

    Suzuki is adding two new color schemes to its 2018 GSX-R1000R and GSX250R. The GSX-R1000R will sport a new graphic inspired by the MotoGP ECSTAR team and the GSX250R will now be offered in a red, black and white color combo. These new 2018 styles will be arriving at dealerships soon. Begin Press Release: Brea, […] more
  • Suzuki to Fund Lunar Exploration Company ispace

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  • Suzuki Withdraws from World MXGP and All Japan Motocross

    Suzuki announced it is suspending factory support for the FIM World MXGP and All Japan Motocross championships. Suzuki will continuing to produce the RM-Z250 and RM-Z450. Suzuki will also continue to support its AMA Motocross and Supercross efforts. Riders Jeremy Seewer and Arminas Jasikonis (pictured below) are under contract for 2018 with Suzuki’s World MXGP […] more
  • Josh Waters Crowned 2017 ASBK Champion Aboard New GSX-R1000R

    Team Suzuki ECSTAR Austrailia rider Josh Waters won the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship aboard the new GSX-R1000R in the final round at Phillip Island this past weekend after surmounting a 60 point deficit earlier in the season. Begin Press Release: Team Suzuki Press Office – October 9, 2017 – Team Suzuki ECSTAR Australia and Josh […] more
  • Toni Elias to Race American Flat Track Finals

    MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Toni Elias will take part in the American Flat Track finale, Oct. 7 atin Perris, Calif. Elias will compete in the AFT Singles class on a Yoshimura Suzuki RM-Z450. Begin Press Release: Yoshimura Suzuki to field Superbike Champ Toni Elias in American Flat Track Finals DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 29, 2017) – […] more
  • eBay Deal o the Day!

    Journey back in time aboard this 1982 GSX1000 Katana, stuck in a barn with just 499 miles showing on the clock and nubs still on the tires… if it had cruise control, I might consider it. The ad says: 1982 Suzuki Katana 1000.  No key. NO title. NO title.  Please read description twice, thanks.  Barn […] more
  • Suzuki To Release 2018 GSX-S Family In July

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