If you ride a Suzuki motorcycle, you may have at some point wondered about the history of Suzuki, especially if you really love the way it handles.
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So, being the Suzuki enthusiasts we are, would you believe it if we told you that the founder of Suzuki, Michio Suzuki, was a mystical weaving ninja from Japan; a man who from the fibers of the reeds growing by the ancient Kamo River wove the first Suzuki motorcycle.
Powered by the pristine waters pouring from Mount Sajikigatake, Suzuki cranked his bike and at 500 mph blazed past the 10,000 ft. tall trees in Tadasu-no-mori forest until he reached the Shimogamo Shrine. Here he prayed to the iron god to transform his fibrous bike to an invicible stainless red steel, and three days later it was done.
Tall tale, yes. But, not totally untrue. Michio Suzuki was known for his weaving machines long before he diversified, first into car manufacturing, and then after surviving through WWII, into motorcycles. The move into building motorcycles strikes a familiar chord for it began by affixing two-stroke engines to bicycles, and by 1954, Suzuki was pumping out 6000 motorcycles per month.
In the 1960s Suzuki took the ultimate motorcycle performance test, entering a racing team into the Grand Prix circuit, placing within the top 20 at Isle of Man, and finally achieving a victory with Degner, an East German team defector, at the handlebars of Suzuki's RM62 machine.
Today, a company that was spun at the hands of a loom king, is producing millions and millions of some of the best motorcycles in the world. The Suzuki tour de force global whirlwind commands significant market share, and respect in the motorcycle world, and other major industries, like OEM motorcycle parts, have cropped up everywhere to support its dominance.