Originally Posted by boniver
Congratulations on the bike, v12! The bike looks lovely and it was interesting to go through so much information about the first Suzukis to have been officially sold in this country
Thank you boniver!! I am a fan of your Max100 since that motorcycle is very much similar to the AX100. My cousin owns one from new and its immaculately maintained just like yours.
Originally Posted by jeeva
Thank you for this thread. Brings back a lot of fond memories.
It was the early 90's when our neighbour whom we used to fondly call "racing uncle" bought a brand new blue Ind-Suzuki AX 100 or was it the Supra??. He had a fully modded RX100 too and used to do crazy stunts with it. Once I remember him taking me and a friend for a joy ride to Ooty. About 60kms uphill through the Kalhatti ghats in about an hour! All I could hear was the sweet buzz of the engine and that crazy pull (almost a whiplash) whenever he used to shift through the gears. We had an Yezdi CLII at that time. The AX 100 suddenly felt like a beast when compared to the Yezdi.
Wow, I am just waiting to finish restoring the bike and start riding it regularly. The bike does require a bit of tuning - but even in this state, I love the sound of the AX100 over the RX100. It has a very distinct sound which is muted and sharp at the same time. Please do share pics of the AX/Supra or the CLII if you have them - would love to see them.
Originally Posted by Pennant1970
A blue Ind-Suzuki AX 100R was the first bike I bought (1987 moder, second hand) in 1994 after I got my first "proper job". I kept it for a couple of years, modified, repainted and re-stickered it. Thanks for the memories. I still remember the hi-pitched scream at higher RPMs...
Thank you Pennant, glad this post got back those fond memories. Do you still have the AX100? Can you post some details and pics if you have any?
Originally Posted by Glad Rider
Thank you for the thread. Brings back the memories. My father had a Blue coloured MAX 100R, in which i learned motorcycling.
Thanks Glad Rider, Good to see so many AX100 owners her. You wont believe, but all of the AX100's I have seen as a kid were always red. Mine was the first blue one I have come across. Do you have photos of your fathers Max100R?
Originally Posted by pugram
I have nice memories of the IndSuzuki AX100. The Bank branch I was posted had one.
The AX 100 when launched was the slick bike that everyone was yearning for. The shining shocks were drool worthy.
It was, in my opinion, slightly larger than the RX100 with the KB100 being the longest. The engine was very creamy and used to give good mileage which was its USP at that mileage crazy time, until the CD100 was launched. No fancy maintenance required. Just fill petrol, add oil and keep munching KM after KM. But due to its short wheelbase and soft suspension its ride used to be bouncy above 60~70kmph.
I hope you get the parts for restoration and await eagerly to have a look at the pictures of the fully restored bike.
Amazing history for this bike. Just like Honda is milking the CD100 engine, TVS also milked this engine to the max until the 2 strokes became unviable due to emission norms.
Thank you Pugram. Now that you mention it, I did find the rear shocks very bouncy - but I thought probably it needs to be fixed. As far as what I have been told, these are hydraulic shocks (like the front forks) and not the spring type. In terms of size, isnt the AX100 shorter in length than the RX100? Atleast when I kept them side by side - it looked and felt short.
In comparison to the CD100, I believe the CD100 was launched a year or 2 before the AX100. The AX100's USP was its 2-stroke engine and its high fuel average. The AX100 sales started dwindling when bikes like the RX100 and KB100 were launched - mainly because they were slightly more powerful than the AX.
Would love to hear stories on such models from Hero Honda, Yamaha and Kawasakai too.
Originally Posted by Roshith
Congrats on the bike and interesting to note some interesting parallels here . I am also the proud owner of a 92 model Supra Power-up and incidentally i am also about to get a Hero Honda Street .
Off-topic to the thread but i am also on the lookout for the meter console and the key set for the street. Any sources for the same ?
Hello Roshith, Thank you - and you cannot put up a post like this without a photo of the Supra - please do post, would love to see it.
Spares for the HH Street are next to impossible, especially body parts. The only option is to get a completely functioning Street with original parts. You could try Safexbikes.com - they have parts like the indicator and tail light lens'. Switchgear can be sourced from the Kinetic Honda.
Originally Posted by Abhyjith K.A
Such a comprehensive collection of historical data! Read through every single word. I'm the proud owner of a heavily modded and barely original example of the AX's more humble sibling. The amount of literature one can find online on that one is so minute that I've never cared for originality, but instead used it as a blank canvas to exercise my creativity.
However, I have always wanted to own and maintain one like this and did actually come close to going for a red AX 100 (87', if I remember correctly) during my own search. There really is something insanely satisfying about studying in detail, the story behind a machine and maintaining it to that exact same specs and standards. After all, these motorcycles are an important part of our nation's history in mobility.
There's also a similar blue AX around my locality. The colour is truly a delight. Few bikes manage to pull off that vibrant shade of blue as well as the AX 100 does.
Thank you for the wonderful thread. Do continue updating us on it. The intoxicating wail on throttle is just so special and unique to this little machine.
Thank you Abhyjith, glad you liked the thread. Which is the model that you own? Would you have pics of the bike before and after modifying?
You are right, the internet holds so much of useful and important information - its mind blowing. The website that I have provided above (suzukicycles.org) has so much of information on all of the Suzuki motorcycles that it could put the official website to shame.
I would love to see the AX100 from your locality, if you could try and get some detailed pics of it.