Suzuki + Peugeot scooters
Suzuki is a company founded in 1909 by Michio Suzuki. It took Suzuki almost half a century to begin working on two-wheelers. Suzuki started out in the silk industry, producing weaving looms.
The "power free" was Suzuki's first motorized bicycle model. Released in 1952, this is the Japanese equivalent of our Solex, a bicycle with a 1hp 36cc engine.
The “Diamond Free” got released shortly after, this time using bigger 60cc engines (2-stroke) and 90cc engines (4-stroke); the Diamond Free is much closer to our current motorcycles. The success story continued and things happened in quick succession - racing victories (including the famous Isle of Man Tourist Trophy Suzuki won in the 50cc class in 1962), innovations, market success. Suzuki emerged as one of the leading manufacturers in the world of motorized two-wheelers, from 50cc up to sport bikes such as the GSXR 1300 Hayabusa.
Today, the most popular 50cc scooters are the Suzuki Katana and the amazing Suzuki Street Magic, halfway between a motorbike in terms of look, and a scooter in terms of technology. The Suzuki 50cc are perhaps not the most widespread scooter on the scene, but they can draw on decades of experience in the field.
The history of Peugeot goes all the way back to the early 1800s when, in 1810, a small coffee mills manufacturer was founded. The year 1930 saw the first Peugeot bicycle, 1882 saw their first car and finally, in 1898, their first motorcycle came out.
As one of France's leading manufacturers in the automotive industry, Peugeot has built a solid reputation in the 50cc moped business. Their first moped with a significant influence on the scene was the 103, and even today, there are 103 enthusiasts spread all over the globe.
During the 90s Peugeot managed to stay on top, managing the transition from mopeds to scooters very nicely. Among other models, the Peugeot Buxy, Peugeot Speedfight or Peugeot Trekker were released and were the first additions to Peugeot's scooter range. But the brand really dealt a blow to their competitors with the release of their “Ludix”, which proved to be a real alternative to the leading scooter models by MBK or Piaggio. Ludix was able to build a fan community and proved that in terms of performance, Peugeot was becoming a brand to be reckoned, both on track and on the road. Peugeot has also modified its former 50cc models such as the XT, and turned them into “mecaboites” (50cc motorcycle with a manual gearbox instead of a variator) versions.