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    • Town/City: Tauranga
    • Bike: Suzuki DR650 ADV, BMW R100GS
    • Rank: Round the World Adventure Globetrotter

    On March 15, 1920 Michio Suzuki founded the Suzuki Loom Manufacturing Company. Since then, Suzuki has expanded its business from looms to motorcycles, automobiles, outboard motors and ATV’s.

    The first motorcycle to come from Suzuki was the 1952 Power Free, a 36cc motorised pedal bicycle. It made 0.7kW and came from Shunzo Suzuki, a director at the time.

    Suzuki Power Free

    Hamamatsu, where Suzuki’s HQ was located, has strong seasonal winds that made it difficult to cycle when there is headwind. Shunzo Suzuki would ride his bicycle to work and to go fishing, but thought “it would be so much easier if this bike had an engine…”

    The Power Free was joined by the more powerful Diamond Free in 1953. It more than doubled the output, offering 1.5kW and sales were good from the very beginning.

    Suzuki Diamond Free

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