Suzuki GSX-R 750
Suzuki started manufacturing motorcycles in 1952, the first models being motorized bicycles. During the 1950s, 1960s and the better part of the 1970s, the company manufactured motorcycles with two-stroke engines only, the biggest two-stroke model being the water-cooled triple-cylinder Suzuki GT750. A large factor in Suzuki's success in two- stroke competition was the East German Grand Prix racer Ernst Degner, who defected to the West in 1961, bringing with him expertise in two- stroke engines from the East German manufacturer MZ. Suzuki hired Degner, and he won the 50cc World Championship for them in 1962.
Suzuki GS850 1979
However, it wasn't until 1976 when Suzuki introduced its first motorcycle with a four-stroke engine, the Suzuki GS400 and Suzuki GS750. Since then, Suzuki has established a reputation as a manufacturer of well- engineered sport motorcycles.