The Suzuki A100 was in many ways the typical motorcycle made by the Japanese in the last 1960s and early 70s. It was small, sparse with gasoline, and usually quite reliable. The A100 was also a hit with commuters looking for a comfortable and cheap trip. Like so many other classic Japanese motorcycles, Suzuki A100 inspired many similar patterns across China and the Far East. For example, you can buy a factory-fresh Suzuki AX100 in India in the 1980s that offered about the same specifications as the 70s.
The Suzuki A100 is powered by a 98cc engine that produced a peak power of 9.3 hp at 7500 rpm. While hardly exciting figures, they were quite good for a bike that only weighed 83 kg on an empty tank (7 l capacity). This single-cylinder two-stroke engine had a rotating disc valve for improved power transmission across the power belt. Suzuki also includes an automatic oil pump CCI system for engine lubrication. This dramatically reduced lubrication-related problems that struck other similar two-stroke cycle designs.
Suzuki gave the Suzuki A100 a simplified speedometer with all the main indicators nicely arranged around it. This allowed that even the most average motorcycle rider quickly understood the driving conditions. Both front and real wheels had 2.50 x 18 tires, which was good with street surfaces, but a little low on traction for the bike size. The Suzuki A100 brakes were also a mystery; During all years of production from 1974 to 1980, Suzuki only offered basic drum brakes on both wheels. This was unusual for the Suzuki A100 to be able to run 100 mph when going out and with many owners reported comfortable cross speeds above 70 mph.
The Suzuki A100 had Suzuki a very popular mass product and they knew it. During all years of production, no major changes were made, except for some cosmetic styling changes. The latter models also tended to have brighter color schemes, perhaps to appeal to younger riders, as larger motorcycles began to fight for Britain's streets in the 1980s.
Today, the surviving Suzuki A100s can qualify for a free "historic car" road tax. Throughout the United Kingdom, individual owners and collectors still run this reliable commuting cycle for work or fun. With its basic technology and reliable engine, the Suzuki A100 is easy to think with, making it a great weekend restoration project. While original parts can be hard to find, you can easily use genuine, modern pieces of quality that fit the specifications of the Suzuki A100 commuter cycle.