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Friday, November 22, 2019

Suzuki's weird retro-classic motorcycle of the 1990s

When you first seeing this two-wheeled vehicle figure, what's comes to your mind? You might see it as a unique-shaped two-wheeled vehicle that tends to be weird. Yes, it looks like a some-kind-of-motorcycle as the result of cross-breeding between a classic Italian scooter and a Japanese typical moped.

This unique motorcycle made by one of the Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, Suzuki and launched in 1992 later known as the Suzuki SW-1. Indeed, the physical appearance of this motorcycle looks very strange for us, the people who live in modern times.
1992 Suzuki SW-1, one of the scarce and outlandish Japanese motorcycle. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2Qz6qbr)
Due to most of the two-wheeled vehicles like these usually were produced by the European or American motorcycle manufacturers back in the 1950s. But, this motorcycle was made in the 1990s, that's weird, isn't it? Let's take a look at the motorcycle. If you look at the rear section, it's like an Italian antique scooter, but on the front like a motorcycle in general.

This outlandish motorcycle concept design was done by Naoki Sakai and uniquely, the retro-futuristic themed motorcycle was awarded the 1992 Good Design Award. We wonder, so what's actually thought by this Japanese manufacturer while making this motorcycle.
1992 Suzuki SW-1 was the combined design result of the Italian scooter with the Japanese moped. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/336PvQ2)
Even more strange, if you know that the part shaped like the fuel tank in the front actually is a toolbox or luggage, instead the real fuel tank is under the seat such the one in a typical Japanese moped. And even more astonishing was the engine. It turns out that this unique-shaped motorcycle uses the GN-250 purely sport engine with a displacement of 250 cc and equipped with the SOHC system. Noted, the same engine was applied to the other 250 cc Suzuki-made motorcycles such as Suzuki GZ250, Suzuki TU250, Suzuki Thunder 250, etc.
1992 Suzuki SW-1 has a unique toolbox or luggage resembled a fuel tank and two on both sides. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/336PvQ2)
The engine is capable of spraying power up to 20 horsepower and 21 Nm of torque. But don't be wrong, just because you saw there are two exhausts sticking out on its left and right sides and then You think that the motorcycle's engine has two cylinders. That's because the motorcycle is adopted the Twin Swirl Combustion Chamber (TSCC) technology so that's why it has two exhaust outlets. Even, the motorcycle's final drive system also doesn't use the chains, but the belts which mated with the 5-speeds manual transmission system.
1992 Suzuki SW-1 used the GN-250 purely sport engine with a displacement of 250 cc. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2rZEbbr)
The engine is mounted upright plus using an oil cooler, then the round-retro designed headlight, equipped with telescopic shock absorbers, then there's a trunk shaped like a fuel tank to the handlebar area and the instrument panel similar the one in the sport motorcycle. The funny thing is, this bike uses wings on either side of it as a moped.

This motorcycle also has unusual wheels size, for the front uses 16-inch rims, while the rear 15 inches. With a dry weight of up to 183 kg, so the Suzuki SW-1 is included in a big motorcycle. Hence, even though it is equipped with a derivative of a sports motorcycle engine that has a decent performance, but its top speed stuck at the numbers of 115 kph.
1992 Suzuki SW-1, a retro-designed motorcycle may only be one in Indonesia. (Picture from: http://bit.ly/2KDXYE4)
And don't ever think it's as a creative or crazy modified result motorbike, but it has actually been this way since it left the factory in 1992. Then, if you wanna ask whether these motorcycles are produced in a limited way? The answer could be 'Yes' and be 'No'. Due to actually, the motorcycle is produced only for the Japanese domestic market or commonly known as the Japan Domestic Model (JDM). So no wonder if these motorcycles were many seen in the Japan streets only.
When its launch in 1992, the company set at a fairly expensive price of 600 thousand Yen or equivalent to Rp.57 million for the motorcycle. By the combination of anti-mainstream designs, and high selling prices, that's natural if the motorcycle becomes a failed product because not many consumers buy it. Hence, the population was quite rarely and so made it as one of the targets of the retro vintage-themed motorcycle collectors.

Kept spur your adrenaline on the power of the two-wheeled monster and stay alive with true safety riding. May God will forgive Your sins and so does the cops...... *** [EKA | FROM VARIOUS SOURCES | MOTORCYCLESPECS]
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