Motorcycle History - The Suzuki GSX-R600
September 18, 2012 - San Diego, CA
Suzuki is a legendary automotive brand that has been popularized for their motorcycles starting with production as early as the 1950s. Ever since, Suzuki has surpassed motorcycle innovation emphasizing of motorcycle parts and their specialized Suzuki OEM parts. Their first bike, the Diamond Free, released in 1953 was popular for its 2-speed transmission and had a maximum speed of only 60 kilometers per hour. Although this was the first bike of its kind, the Diamond Free put motorcycle racing on the map.
As the Suzuki brand grew and motorcycle styles and racing gained popularity, more importance was placed on performance, maneuverability, components such as motorcycle tires and engines, and style and weight. Moving forward to the 1980s, Suzuki came out with the NUDA, a concept model that showcased the 2-wheel drive mechanism and advancements in power steering and drivability technologies. These body styles were being designed with ultra light weight carbon fibers similar to elements in riders' motorcycle helmets.
But overall the 1990s really paved the way for the biggest improvements in technology and innovation.
From 1992 to 1993, Suzuki launched their inline-4 engine, an internal combustion engine with all four cylinders mounted in a straight line. The "inline-four layout is in perfect primary balance and confers a degree of mechanical simplicity which makes it popular for economy cars."
Then from 1994 to 1999, designs were implemented to introduce the Suzuki Ram Air Direct (SRAD) which was a fuel injection system developed to admit fuel to the internal combustion engine.
In the 2000s, the "Suzuki GSX-R," in particular the GSX-R600 series, would evolve as a super sport or sport bike series for the motorcycle brand. This legendary series would be industry-leading and built on engineering excellence. The biggest improvements would be the under slung exhaust and the introduction of the slipper clutch, specialized for the performance of motorcycles to alleviate the effects of braking when riders decelerate on corners.
"The new GSX-R600 would boast a newly designed frame, a Big Piston Front-fork, and Brembo monoblock front brake calipers. Plus, its engine has lower mechanical losses thanks to advanced component-design techniques originally used with MotoGP machines; output is higher at high engine speeds, and torque is higher in the low-to-mid rpm range. The engine improvements are complemented by revised transmission gear ratios, resulting in better acceleration."
The profile and history of Suzuki brand motorcycles goes back decades. The technological advancements and engineering excellence of their team has continued to provide excitement to performance riders and evolve their racing technology.
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