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Suzuki / Colleda 250 TT
The first Suzuki twin was launched in 1956


You couldn't find any Suzuki stickers or emblems on the motorcycles Suzuki built on the early models. No, the early models were given the name Colleda and the famous Suzuki ”S” appeared for the first time in 1959 and the Colleda brand name was replaced by Suzuki in the early 1960's, the T10 being the first non-Colleda. Here's some of the Suzuki's Colleda models from the fifties and early sixties. I will add more models here when I find suitable pictures and some facts.

Colleda 250 TT '56

Suzuki 1956More Suzuki models from 1956


 
You couldn't find any Suzuki stickers or emblems on the motorcycles Suzuki built on the early models. No, the early models were given the name Colleda and the famous Suzuki ”S” appeared for the first time in 1959 and the Colleda brand name was replaced by Suzuki in the early 1960's, the T10 being the first non-Colleda.

The 250cc twin, Colleda TT, is the predecessor of all Suzuki 250cc 2-stroke twins, including the T20, T250 and GT250. The air-cooled engine had a square 54 x 54 mm bore and stroke, the same as all of the models just mentioned. It also had new ”modern” floating swing arm with shock absorbers at the rear but the leading front fork design makes one to think of the early BMWs.

The Colleda TT with an American style design was launched in 1956. It was sold during a couple of years in Japan but was never exported to other countries.
 
'56 250TT TT250 TT 250
Colleda TT 1956
Overall Length: 1,975 mm (77.8 in)
Overall Width: 690 mm (27.2 in)
Overall Height: 1,000 mm (39.4 in)
Wheelbase: 1,280 mm (50.4 in)
Dry Weight: 158 kg (348 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 247 cc parallel twin 2-stroke. 16 hp/ 6,000 rpm, 2.1 kg-m/ 4,000 rpm.
Bore and stroke: 54 x 54 mm
Compression ratio: 7 :1
Tyres: 3.25-16
Maximum speed: 130 kph


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This page is still under construction. I have changed some facts many times and I'm still not sure if everything I've written on this page is correct. There's much incorrect Colleda info and facts to be found on the Internet and on magazine articles, even books. Unfortunately the language barrier makes it difficult to get information from Japan but every now and then I find something, partly thanks to you guys, who are feeding me with information! Please keep on sending me mail, I still need more info and pictures of many models.

Updated: December 26, 2006


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