If I had to have a motorcycle in my garage…

Sat, Apr 26, 2008


I know it’s been less than a year since I was last sweating over this bike but a friend of mine in Japan snapped some recent shots of the rare and wonderful Suzuki SW-1. When it came out in 1992 it was VERY unpopular. Today they are highly sought after and will usually sell for $8,000 – $9,000 or so. A perfect example of “ahead of its time”.

The Suzuki SW-1 was first shown as a prototype back in 1989 (below) and kinda looked like a 1957 Tohatsu with a body kit.

Available in Japan for only 2 years, she had a short lifespan like one of my other favorite oddities, the BMW C1.

Check the brochure here and a little more info here.

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3 Responses to “If I had to have a motorcycle in my garage…”

  1. Tim Says:

    It’s a HondaCubDreamMetropolitan!

    Amazing styling for a 90′s bike.


  2. Bryce Says:

    That Tohatsu appears to be a Japanese clone of a similar vintage single cylinder BMW bike.


  3. Kenneth B. Says:

    A museum in Ottawa (the Postal Museum?? i forgot) actually has one as a fun object for kids:


    I remember it was not a very big bike, but with a modern feel to it.


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