A Brief History of Crooks Suzuki

Crooks Suzuki

Our business was started by my parents, Eddie & Pauline Crooks in December 1959 (two years before I was born).

After completing his National Service Dad had worked for BSA Gold Star specialist Eddie Dow in Banbury, George Lathe Motorcycles in Wolverhampton and then moved to Barrow-in-Furness to work for Harold Jackson Motorcycles.  Mum looked after the parts & accessories shop in the centre of the town and Dad was manager of the sales & repairs at a petrol station on the outskirts of the town.  

Dad was a successful road racer during the 1950’s and in September 1959 he won the Senior Manx Grand Prix on one of Reg Dearden’s 500cc Manx Nortons. When he retired from racing he started his own motorcycle business and one of the first Suzuki dealers in the UK; Eddie Crooks Motorcycles at 53 Crellin Street, Barrow-in-Furness.  

Due to his love of road racing he saw the potential for turning Suzuki road bikes into race winners and that’s what he did with his race team, headed by his good friend Frank Whiteway.

Eddie Crooks Suzuki’s won at National and International level, including Manx Grand Prix, TT and Thruxton 500 mile events. In 1967 he road raced again at the TT in the 250 production race on one of his fast Suzuki T20’s and then in 1968 at Monza, Italy, he and his team beat the 350cc 24-hour world record which still stands to this day.

In July 1977 I officially started working at Crooks Motorcycles and I was under the guidance of Bill Werner in the parts department and also looked after the packing of parcels for the busy mail order service.

In 1991 I took over new Suzuki motorcycle sales when Eddie moved to the Isle of Man, and in 1994 Crooks & Suzuki celebrated 30 years together.

To this date we continue to sell new Suzuki motorcycles and quality used bikes to customers from all over Great Britain. Our Worldwide Suzuki parts mail order service looks after Suzuki owners, we help keep all types of Suzuki's on the road or track, whether it's a Vintage Suzuki from the 70's or a brand new bike.