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:''Most of the information in this article came from [http://www.lk3000.com/madura/index.cfm Suzuki Madura -- The Unofficial Website] maintained by Les Konley.''
 
:''Most of the information in this article came from [http://www.lk3000.com/madura/index.cfm Suzuki Madura -- The Unofficial Website] maintained by Les Konley.''

Revision as of 16:25, 1 January 2007

Suzuki sold the Madura motorcycles in 1985 and 1986.

Model designations:

Most of the information in this article came from Suzuki Madura -- The Unofficial Website maintained by Les Konley.

History

In response to the Honda Magna, Suzuki made the Madura model. Like the Magna, it was a V-four powered cruiser. Like the Magna, the Madura was offered with two different engine sizes. Both bikes' smaller engines displaced 700 cc, but while the big Magna displaced 1100 cc, the big Madura displaced 1200 cc.

Production of the Madura was halted after just two years. According to Peter Seifert of Vernon, B.C., Canada, 5099 Maduras were produced.

Features

The Madura had a V-four engine with hydraulic-lifters. The lifters reduced maintenance, and avoided the kind of cam-wear problems that plagued the Magna, but reduced the engine's horsepower. Despite displacing 100 cc more, the Madura makes almost 20% less peak horsepower.

In addition to the maintenance-free lifters, the Madura had a self-adjusting hydraulically actuated clutch, and a low-maintenance, shaft final drive.

Ergonomically, the Madura featured a low, scooped seat, swept-back handle-bars, and foot-controls that wouldn't be considered "forward" by later standards, but at the time were noted for being 14" ahead of the center of the seat.

Speed

According to Cycle magazine, the 1200 cc Madura completed the 1/4-mile in 11.753 seconds at 115 mph.

Cycle World magazine reported the 700 cc Madura doing the 1/4-mile in 12.89 seconds at 102.68 mph.

The Name

"Madura" is an island, a peoples and a language. It also means "mature" in Spanish. Why did Suzuki name a motorcycle "Madura"? Good question.

1985 GV1200

1985 Suzuki Madura GV1200 in Red
1985 Suzuki Madura GV1200 in Red
1985 Suzuki Madura GV1200 in Red
1985 Suzuki Madura GV1200 in Red



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