The forward-thinking Suzuki Nuda first seen at the 1986
Tokyo Motorshow, was a fully operational concept motorbike
powered by a Suzuki GSX-R750 sports bike engine. With
this motor the Nuda was theoretically capable of 175 mph.
The power was transferred to both wheels via single sided
swingarms housing shaft drives.
The front wheel of the Nuda did not use telescopic forks
for suspension or turning, instead it featured a hub centre
steering system as seen on the production Bimota
The sleek bodywork of the Suzuki Nuda - which was its
show-stopping party trick - was constructed from lightweight
carbon fiber. Not unusual by today's standards, but pretty
revolutionary in the mid-80s for a motorcycle.
When the concept was displayed in Tokyo, Suzuki's chief
engineer at the time stated that the Nuda was; "one idea
of the future motorcycle for Suzuki". And although history
has proved that it was one of the ideas which didn't make
the final cut, some of the technologies the bike showcased
did make an appearance in later Suzuki machines, like
computerized fuel injection and spark timing control.