VIDEO: Suzuki GSX-R: 30 Years of Performance

Part 1 of our in-depth look at Suzuki’s game-changing machine.

Even if you wouldn’t describe yourself as a huge Suzuki GSX-R fan, you’re going to love this video. Produced by the Bonnier Motorcycle Group, it’s an in-depth look at the Suzuki GSX-R, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Our film production crew traveled to Suzuki Headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan, where they had the wonderful opportunity to meet with and interview many of the key personnel who helped shaped the bike into the legend it has become. These are a bunch of dedicated engineers who are crazy about racing, and one of them (Tateshi Shimizu) was kind enough to remember our 1985 test in Laredo, Texas, in which a pair of stock GSX-R750s ridden by eight CW staffers (David Edwards, Larry Little, Ron Griewe, Camron Bussard, Doug Toland, Steve Thompson, Ron Lawson, and story author Paul Dean) set numerous world speed and endurance records. This feat was was documented in our December 1985 cover story, and Paul still shares stories about the pesky javelinas.

Now, sit back and enjoy this beautifully filmed and narrated video. And keep your eyes peeled for Part 2, which will come out soon.