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By 1951, Japan is producing 24,000 motorcycles per year.
After Tohatsu pulled its engine supply inward, keeping it for its own bike production, Suzuki decides not to buy engines from others.
By 1952, Suzuki has its first engine, a 36cc two stroke, in a bike called the 'Power Free'. Mr. Suzuki loves using the word Free in his product names. Freedom is motorcycling.
1952 Suzuki Power Free. To Suzuki, Power Free means not needing to be human powered, while critics say it means the engine is weak, it's power free! After all, 36cc is a tiny little powerplant for a motorcycle, or powerfreeplant, as the case may be.