There are two ways one can approach life in. One is to face the problem and keep an attitude of “All is Well!” – as said by Baba Ranchoddas Chanchad. Or, you can opt to have no problem at all. Well, as strange as it may sound to be true in the real world, TVS Suzuki came up with a ‘No Problem’ bike back in the 1990s. Was it really what the company claimed? Or was it just a marketing strategy? Let’s find out!

Samurai – What’s in the name?

Japan is a land where a caste of warriors originated and was known as Samurai. It was a group of aristocratic warriors. But with the advancement in time, Samurais were lost. But not forgotten. In 1994, a Samurai made its way to our shores. And then, a clan came back to life.

1994 – TVS Suzuki Samurai Launched

After launching a series of bikes such as AX100, Supra and Shogun, TVS Suzuki launched the Samurai. The elegance, power, mileage and speed, all combined forces to make the youth of India fall in love with the TVS Suzuki Samurai. First, let’s take a look at the engine specifications of this ‘No Problem’ bike.

TVS Suzuki Samurai Engine
TVS Suzuki Samurai Engine

Engine Specifications

Engine 98.2cc Petrol
Engine Type 2-stroke, Air-cooled Single Cylinder
Power 7.8hp@5,500rpm
Torque 9.8Nm@5,000rpm
Transmission 4-speed Manual
Top Speed 95kmph
Fuel Efficiency 50kmpl

Just for your reference, the Honda Livo BS6’s 110cc engine produces a power of 8.6hp and a peak torque of 9.3Nm. And we are talking about a bike that was launched 26 years back. It was powerful, fuel-efficient and the top speed was enough for a less than 100cc bike.

What was all offered with the TVS Suzuki Samurai? 

TVS Suzuki Samurai Features
TVS Suzuki Samurai Features

The Samurai had a powerful engine, that has been established. And it came loaded with features too. It was the first bike under the TVS Suzuki partnership with the round headlamps. As for the suspensions, it had a telescopic hydraulic oil shock absorber at the front while a swing arm with hydraulic shock absorber and coil axe spring at the rear. For the braking purpose, the bike came with expanding drum brakes at both the ends. It had a 12-litre petrol tank. The design was eye-catchy, enough to turn heads. The drivability was really good and the TVS Suzuki Samurai cruised on the Indian roads easily.

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‘No Problem’ Youth Magnet 

With the vivid features on the list and a powerful engine, the youth of India was attracted towards the Samurai for all good reasons. Be it the track day, beach day or a race practice, enthusiasts loved the bike a lot.

TVS Suzuki Samurai Colour Options
TVS Suzuki Samurai Colour Options

Initially, it was offered in two colour options: Red and Black. Later in 1999, TVS Suzuki introduced a Green avatar of the Samurai.

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So, this was all about the TVS Suzuki Samurai. Have you had the privilege to drive any of the vintage bikes? Do let us know in the comments section below.

Also read: 10 Forgotten TVS Motorcycles and Scooters: From Wego to Shogun

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