Often forgotten in favor of the less ambitious Suzuki Nuda concept from the following year, the bizarrely named Falcorustyco debuted at the 1985 Tokyo Motor Show to an entirely unexpected reaction. Look at the 500cc square four four-stroke engine, the lack of a frame, hydraulic pump two-wheel drive, hydraulic steering and electromagnet-actuated brakes and you probably think “that’s a really neat concept,” but the thing was, Suzuki actually managed to convince the world’s press that the Falcorustyco previewed technology that would be used on production bikes 10 years later.
Well, it’s now 24 years later and we haven’t seen any of the
Falcorustyco’s technology on bikes we can buy, but what we have seen is
an adaptation of the name. “Falco Rusticulous” is the latin name for
the world’s largest falcon species, the Gyrfalcon. The Hayabusa’s name
means “Peregrine Falcon” in Japanese, fitting for a bike that was, for
a time, the fastest production motorcycle, the Peregrine can reach
speeds of up to 240mph in a dive. But we digress, it’s the
Falcorustyco’s technology, not Suzuki’s naming structures that we’re
interested in here.
Let’s start with the engine. Despite the square four arrangement, it
apparently shared no architecture with the RG500 Gamma two-stroke. It’s
unfortunate that we can’t find further info on the engine’s
construction, because it supposedly had three overhead cam shafts and
16 valves. The rumor is, there’s no actual engine behind the covers,
just empty promise.
The front and rear swingarms bolt directly to that engine, eliminating
the need for a frame, while hydraulic steering also eliminated the need
for a steering linkage on the front. Suspension was also allegedly
“electrically controlled.” Judging by other suspension technologies at
the time, we’ll guess that means normal old springs with variable
orifice dampers, as used on the 1990 Corvette ZR1.
And don’t worry, their weren’t any gunky chains or heavy shafts driving
both wheels on the Falcorustyco either, power left the output shaft via
a hydraulic pump, which also eliminated the need for a gearbox and
gears thanks to its ability to operate at variable speeds.
How on earth any of this seemed a 1990s feasibility in 1985 is beyond
us. We’re guessing they also envisioned aluminum foil hats and hover
houses. Still, that’s the kind of optimistic futurism the motorcycle
world currently lacks. Instead of focussing on what technology we might
have in 10 years, Suzuki is currently focussed on clearing its