Introduction Acknowledgements 1. Birth Of The Marque 2. The Fabulous Fifties 3. The Early Sixties 4. The Late Sixties 5. The Sizzling Seventies 6. End Of An Era Index
Born in Coventry, once the heart of the British motor industry, Brian Long is a professional writer with a passion for vintage and sporting machinery. A trained mechanical engineer, he has been involved with the classic car scene most of his life, and loves old bikes too. Married to Miho and with two children (Louis and Sophie-Mercedes), Brian now lives just outside Tokyo, and spends much of his free time with Thoroughbred horses. He has had over 70 books published, including many works on Japanese marques.
If you need to give someone a nudge for an upcoming Christmas present then try this one. Totally two stroke and more stink wheels that you can shake a dipstick at. From commuters machines to factory race bike and from toddlers to tourers it's a damn good read. Covers more Suzukis from 1955 through to 1978 than most of us have ever heard of. With 170 pages packed with facts and images it's a must for anyone who's a fan of the Hamamatsu brand. - Tansha. What a superb present this brilliant book by Brian Long will make for any an of Japanese classic motorcycles, and in particular Suzuki's wonderful two-strokes spanning 25 years since the very first postwar 30cc Atom and Power Free prototypes led to more robust models such as the 125cc Colleda and all that followed. Nostalgia simply oozes from the pages of this lively, colourful book which contains more than 500 colour illustrations of the bikes and bright sales pamphlets of a long-ago but nevertheless exciting age. A truly encyclopaedic. - Old Bike Mart. Brian Long's meticulously researched Suzuki Motorcycle's history book, rich in cross-referenced documents, The Classic Two-stroke Era 1955 to 1978 leaves almost no questions unanswered. - Motored News. Virtually every page is crammed with images of sales brochures, many in Japanese, and pictures of Suzuki models not seen in the UK before. The reason it is so comprehensive is that it was researched and written in Japan with the full co-operation of the Suzuki factory. With over 70 books to his name Long has developed a style of writing that informs without becoming so detailed you become bored, but by the same token he manages to impart a wealth of knowledge to the reader. Being the owner of a rare vintage Suzuki, he also shares that passion with the readership. Whether you are a two or four-stroke fan, or devotee of another marque, this book should be high on your reading list and then sit prominently on your bookshelf for reference thereafter! As with all Veloce published works the quality and presentation makes it well-worth the cover price. - Ian Kerr. Certainly a must-have for any Suzuki enthusiast, of which there are legions world-wide. Old Bike Australasia This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, which benefits greatly from the high-quality reproduction of original marketing material throughout. I hope it's the first of similar books by Mr Long on other Japanese bike brands: I'd buy them! Bike Rider Magazine. Brian Long's Suzuki Motorcycles-the Classic Two-stroke Era 1955 to 1978 is a unique contribution to the body of work that covers motorcycle history. For enthusiasts, it is a fun and informative read about one of the great brands on the market; for the collector or restorer it is a concise, thoroughly-researched resource. - Ultimate MotorCycling this book helps celebrate when the two-stroke was king - Race Engine Technology. The book is full of useful reference tables and many production figures. - Het MotorRijwiel.