Should I Buy A Honda Or Suzuki?

Motorcycle enthusiasts love to debate the best and worst qualities of Honda and Suzuki—two of motorcycle manufacturing’s industry titans. Bike riders tend to be very loyal, and will have strong feelings on which brand is the best. However, for those who are trying to decide whether to purchase a Honda or a Suzuki, it’s helpful to learn a little more about what makes Honda bikes and Suzuki bikes  different and what features their products have in common.


Honda is currently the largest producer of motorcycles in the world and has been since 1959. Its headquarters are in Japan and the company has a reputation for manufacturing unique motorcycles. In the 1960s, Honda launched the CB750, a milestone product known as the first superbike, which put the Japanese manufacturer squarely in the center of the motorcycle market. Since then, Honda has attracted buyers by producing reliable, fast and comfortable bike that buyers flocked to.

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Notable Honda bike makes and models include:

  • 1969 Honda CB750
  • 1978 Honda CB400T
  • 1983 Honda CM450E
  • 1987 Honda CBR600 F1 Hurricane
  • 2002 Honda VTX1800
  • 2002 Honda Shadow Aero 1100
  • 2008 Honda Gold Wing


With motorcycle production starting in 1952, Suzuki quickly emerged as a world leader and especially for racing motorcycles. It dominated the market with 2-stroke engine motorcycles until 1976, thanks to the expertise of Ernst Degner, an East German racer and engineer who studied with some of the best in the world.

With a reputation for creating fast, powerful motorcycles, Suzuki dominated the racing scene and appealed to buyers looking for speed and precision. The raw power of Suzuki contrasted sharply with the wider appeal of many Honda bikes. Motorcycles from Suzuki tend to have a more sporty vibe than some of the competition.

Notable Suzuki motorcycle makes and models include:

  • 1976 Suzuki T500 Titan
  • 1971 Suzuki TM400 Cyclone
  • 1980 Suzuki GSX1100S Katana
  • 1985 Suzuki Intruder 750
  • 1997 Suzuki GSX-R600
  • 1999 Suzuki SV650
  • 2008 Suzuki GSX-650F

Choosing a Bike for You

When you are ready to purchase a motorcycle, it is a good idea to identify the factors that are most important in your search. This will help you narrow down the type of bike, whether Honda or Suzuki, that best fits your needs.

For example, what kind of riding will you do primarily? A commuting bike is much different than a long distance one. What kind of roads will you be riding on primarily? Highways are better suited for some bikes, while city streets, paved back roads and off-roading requires different styles. Weather plays a big factor—will you be just riding in good weather or year-round? Do you want a new motorcycle or would a used one suffice?

Once you can consolidate your motorcycle needs into a list of requirements, you will be better able to look at the specifics between various Honda and Suzuki models and make the best choice for yourself. Both brands inspire intense loyalty among motorcycle enthusiasts, so regardless of which one you select, you will benefit from decades of experience in manufacturing some of the world’s most popular motorcycles.

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