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DH1 Porter Free pictures
SJK Porter Free 1955—1956

Joe Broussard from USA mailed me these recent pictures of a rare 1955 SJK DH-1 Porter Free for publishing on this site.

Suzuki Porter-Free DH-1

DH-1 Porter Free. Click to enlarge. This early Porter Free was spotted around 1995 on a Japanese swap meet. It went unsold although the only missing part of the bike was the tail light lens and the bike very rare.

The Porter Free, introduced in 1955, was one of the very first real motorcycles Suzuki ever made. The very first real motorcycles Suzuki made were four-strokers, the CO and COX, but it was soon Michio Suzuki knew that the two-strokers were morer powerful and more reliable than the four-stroke engines of the day.

In 1955 SJK (Suzuki Jidosha Kogyo) released the 102cc Porter Free and 123cc ST, both both two-strokers with steel frame, telescopic front forks and plunger rear suspension. All of the Colleda two-stroke engines used the conventional piston valve construction. The rotary (reed) valve engines came much later, as did the CCI oil injection system.


Suzuki Porter-Free DH-1

DH-1 Porter Free. Click to enlarge. It seems like the early models could have different type of rear carriers and fuel tank graphics. I have heard that the early bikes were hand made and the appearance could vary from day to day. Can anyone confirm or at least comment this? Both photos were taken by a friend of Joe Broussard, USA, who mailed the pictures to me.



SJK DH1 Porter FreeDH-1 Porter Free 1955
Overall Length: 2 000 mm (78.7 in)
Overall Width: 750 mm (29.5 in)
Overall Height: 960 mm (37.8 in)
Wheelbase: 1 240 mm (48.8 in)
Dry Weight: 85 kg (187 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 102 cc single cylinder piston-valve 2-stroke. 4,2 hp/ 5.000 rpm.
Bore and stroke: 52.0 x 48.0 mm
Compression ratio: 7,0 :1
Maximum speed: 60 km/h
2 speeds (12 :1, 18 :1)

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Porter Free DH1 Suzuki SJK
DH-2 Porter Free 1956

Overall Length: 2 000 mm (78.7 in)
Overall Width: 750 mm (29.5 in)
Overall Height: 960 mm (37.8 in)
Wheelbase: 1 240 mm (48.8 in)
Dry Weight: 85 kg (187 lbs)
Engine type: Air-cooled 102 cc single cylinder piston-valve 2-stroke. 4,5 hp/ 4.500 rpm.
Bore and stroke: 52.0 x 48.0 mm
Maximum speed: 60 km/h

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