Suzuki History — From Looms to cyclemotors

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Suzuki History

From to cyclemotors

I try to tell the story of the Motor Company on these as accurate and correct as I know it. are several stories of the history of on the Internet, books and magazines. most the stories contain errors.

I try to do a better job but cannot that the result is 100% or true. If you find any errors or something to add, please me .

The Suzuki Motor Company was by Michio Suzuki, a son to a Japanese farmer. He was born in Hamamatsu, a town 200 km from Tokyo, in As Michio grew up he became a and an enterprising young man. In at the age of 22, he constructed a pedal-driven wooden and started to sell his product. Loom Works was founded.

The went well, the order was growing and Michio Suzuki developed his machine for the silk New, much more machineries were developed and the was blooming.

Eleven years in 1920, Michio Suzuki to introduce his business to the stock The days of a small family were long gone; Suzuki needed the capital to be to expand the business to meet the of the growing market. The founding of Loom Manufacturing Company Jidosha Kogyo) in March of is regarded as the start of the Suzuki Company as we know it today.

The company celebrated its 80-year in 2000.

Suzuki Loom Company got the capital needed for the and the company was now growing fast. in 1922 the Suzuki Jidosha was one of the largest loom manufacturers in

By that time, Japan was not the industrial power that it is today. The most important items were fabrics and In 1926 the new-established Suzuki Manufacturing Company started to looms to the Southeast Asia and

But the market was soon to be sated, the looms from Suzuki practically forever and the demand for new was getting gradually smaller. started to consider manufacturing things on the side of the weaving

There were hardly any of motorcycles or cars in Japan the Second World War. Honda was to build his first in 1947. In Europe and the United there had been motorcycle and car for decades.

The Otto motor had patented in Germany in 1876 and the Gottlieb Daimler-s first prototype was built in 1885. Bosch introduced a low-tension the motorcycle before the end of the 19th and by the time Michio Suzuki was his first loom, European like Zedel (later Royal Enfield, Puch, Norton and Husqvarna were producing motorcycles, as well as and Harley-Davidson in America.

There already motorcycle magazines and clubs organized reliability in Europe. The first Isle Of Man was held in 1907, two years Michio Suzuki started his works.

There-s no question it, the Japanese were not pioneers in motorcycles. The Japanese manufacturers into the business decades Europeans and in the beginning they copied the design and the technical of the European machines. But we all know happened; a couple of decades the Second World War the mighty manufacturers dominated the motorcycle of the world.

But let-s get back to the time the war. Suzuki Loom Company is an impressive company but little demand for its products. considered going into the business.

20,000 vehicles imported to Japan annually, not satisfying the growing demand for commuting vehicles. Michio noticed the market gap and made his move.

In 1938 Suzuki its first prototype of a car, on the Austin Seven. The Suzuki team had bought an Austin England, dismantled and studied it and a few later was able to make a of the Brittish 737cc car. possessed little technical of how to produce good cars or and imitating the car manufacturers in Europe to be the way to get started.

But the timing was lousy. was already prepairing for the war. The was abandoned and the Suzuki-s version of the Seven was never mass

That wouldn’t have that original idea Nissan’s first automobile was on Austin Seven.

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After the war a period of rebuilding and economic The manufacturing of weaving looms was but a wave of strikes at the forties and in the of the fifties and the post-war chaotic structure nearly destroyed the Loom manufacturing Company.

to a story it was Michio Suzuki-s Shunzo, who came with the of motorizing his bicycle a fall day riding home from a trip. Without any specific only for his own pleasure, Shunzo to his drawing board at home and to design his own cyclemotor. Nevertheless the is true or not, manufacturing saved the company from the of a crash.

In November 1951 the of the Suzuki Loom Manufacturing started to design an engine could be attached to a bicycle. The was not unique, there were over 100 other Japanese that had came up with the idea. Soichiro Honda his Honda Technical Research in 1946 with renovating small engines used by the army during the war and mounted onto bicycles.

A year later Honda to make their own engines. By the Suzuki put his first cyclemotor production Honda (now to Honda Motor Company) 70% of the commuting market.

Before the Power Free engine was a 30cc prototype, that was the name -Atom- was created by The Atom was never mass

The high quality of the Suzuki-s made it to stand out and made it a big hit in Many of Shunzo Suzuki’s ideas were used on the product.

The engine was a square 36 x 36 mm two-… mounted within the frame, just above the It powered the cycle through the pedalling chain and required chain-wheels to enable the rider to while the engine was running. The could also be pedal-assisted, or completely.

The system was so ingenious, the Office of the new democratic government Suzuki a financial subsidy to research into motorcycle

Unlike most of its competitors, the Free did not use army surplus or engines and was built entirely by Suzuki manufactured even the and flywheel magneto.

The Power Free, launched in ’51, was only on sale for a few before it was substantially improved. after the release of the Power the Japanese goverment changed the to be allowed to ride a small No driver’s license were needed to ride a bike an 4-… engine up to 90cc or a engine up to 60cc.

Suzuki immediatly to develop a new cyclemotor engine capacity was increased to and a two-speed gear was incorporated.

Suzuki B-King Final Prototype
Suzuki B-King Final Prototype
Suzuki B-King Final Prototype
Suzuki B-King Final Prototype
Suzuki B-King Final Prototype
Suzuki B-King Final Prototype


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