Story: Motorcycles

Suzuki (5th of 6)


Photographer Bruce Valentine Davis panned to capture this shot of four-times world champion Hugh Anderson on his 125-cc Suzuki racing bike at Levin in 1966. By the 1960s Japanese bikes were becoming popular in New Zealand. They had a rapid rise in popularity due to their comparative cheapness and reliability – it was only in the early 1950s that Suzuki, a manufacturer of wooden weaving looms, began its interest in motorcycle manufacture.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, B. Davis Collection (PAColl-0328)
Reference: 35mm-00821-e-F
Photograph by Bruce Valentine Davis

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Carl Walrond, 'Motorcycles - History of motorcycles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 March 2023)

Story by Carl Walrond, published 11 Mar 2010