16th Could 2019 7:00 am
We check out how the upcoming GIxxer’s specs stack up towards another entry-level faired bikes within the worth vary.
The final time Suzuki bought a 250cc motorbike in India, issues didn’t go in addition to deliberate for the producer. The Inazuma 250 was discontinued in 2014, just a bit over a 12 months after its launch; and Suzuki has left the hole between its entry-level bikes and large bikes unfilled, since. That, nonetheless, is ready to alter with the launch of the Suzuki GIxxer 250 in lower than per week. Little was identified concerning the motorbike up till what gave the impression to be a brochure leaked on-line, on this previous week; and if the specs revealed are the truth is, right, the Gixxer SF 250 will comfortably match proper into its supposed phase.
Whereas we nonetheless have to attend till the launch date to announce the pricing, we anticipate the Gixxer SF 250 to value alongside the identical strains as its most direct rival, the Yamaha Fazer 25. We’ve additionally in contrast it to the one different absolutely faired 250cc motorbike out there, the Honda CBR 250R, and threw in Bajaj Pulsar RS200 too, contemplating its virtually equivalent efficiency figures and really aggressive pricing. .
The Gixxer SF 250 seems to be powered by a 249cc, single-cylinder engine that makes 26.5hp and 22.6Nm of torque – numbers which are virtually equivalent to these produced by the CBR, which occurs to be probably the most outdated motorbike on this record. The distinction within the energy figures numbers could also be minimal (virtually negligible, actually) however the CBR weighs 6kg extra. The Suzuki’s numbers are significantly greater than that of the Yamaha, which is the least highly effective bike right here. The gearbox is one other side the place the Yamaha doesn’t have as a lot on supply as its rivals right here; the bike is supplied with a 5-speed unit compared to the 6-speed transmission on the opposite bikes. In the meantime, the Pulsar manages to carry its personal with 24.5hp and 18.6Nm of torque, with the latter determine a results of the motorbike’s drawback in displacement.
PowertrainSuzuki Gixxer SF 250Yamaha Fazer 25Bajaj Pulsar RS200Honda CBR 250REngine249cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled249cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled199.5cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled249.6cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooledPower26.5hp at 9000rpm20.9hp at 8000rpm24.5hp at 9750rpm26.5hp at 8500rpmTorque22.6Nm at 7500rpm20Nm at 6000rpm18.6Nm at 8000rpm22.9Nm at 7000rpmGearbox6-speed5-speed6-speed6-speedPower-to-weight ratio164.59hp/tonne133.12hp/tonne149.39hp/tonne158.68hp/tonne
Design and styling
If the picture within the brochure is a illustration of what the upcoming Gixxer SF 250 will appear to be upon launch, the bike will characteristic aggressive styling. Design parts just like the sharp grooves on the tank and the grooved indents on the higher half, are cues additionally seen on the smaller Gixxer 150. One other design side that contributes to the aggressive look is its headlight. Alternatively, the Fazer 25’s alien-like entrance finish might not be to everybody’s liking, however it’s a head-turner, nonetheless. The drama isn’t as distinguished in the direction of the rear, leading to a decently proportionate design. Talking of which, the least dramatic design of the lot needs to be of the Honda, which is now over eight years outdated and – barring a number of graphic schemes – hasn’t acquired a considerable beauty replace. The final bike of the lot, the RS200, sports activities a half-fairing and styling that’s as unconventional because the one on the Fazer, with bug-eyed headlights and a stubby exhaust. That stated, it is not an unattractive motorbike both, and its sharp strains nonetheless permit for its four-year-old design to look contemporary.
All 4 bikes include a disc brake at both finish, however the Pulsar RS200 options solely single-channel ABS whereas the others supply a dual-channel system. One other factor the 4 bikes have in widespread is using a telescopic fork and a monoshock. Whereas the bikes don’t weigh too far other than one another, at this efficiency stage, each kilo makes a distinction, and it is evident from the power-to-weight ratios within the subsequent desk to see how this pans out. The Yamaha Fazer, regardless of its virtually extreme bodywork, is the lightest motorbike of the lot at 157kg, whereas the CBR weighs a complete 10kg extra at 167kg.
UnderpinningsSuzuki Gixxer SF 250 Yamaha Fazer 25Bajaj Pulsar RS200Honda CBR 250RWheelbase1345mm1360mm1355mm1369mmSeat peak800mm795mm810mm784 mmKerb weight161kg157kg164kg167 kgBrakes (f)DiscDiscDiscDiscBrakes (r)DiscDiscDiscDiscABSDual-channelDual-channelSingle-channelDual-channelSuspension (f)Telescopic forkTelescopic forkTelescopic forkTelescopic forkSuspension (r)MonoshockMonoshockMonoshockMonoshockTyres (f)110/70 R17100/80 – 17100/80 – 17110/70 – 17Tyres (r)150/60 R17140/70 – 17130/70 – 17140/70 – 17Gas capability12 litres14 litres13 litres13 litres
Summing it up
When it comes all the way down to the numbers, the Gixxer SF 250 makes a complete lot greater than its direct rival, the Rs 1.43 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) Yamaha Fazer 25. The Honda CBR250R produces related efficiency figures because the Suzuki however is now severely outdated and is priced too excessive at Rs 1.94 lakh. The RS200, however, at Rs 1.39 lakh produces as a lot energy, however significantly lesser torque and a single-channel ABS. Like we’d talked about earlier – if these leaked particulars are those the Suzuki Gixxer will supply, the bike does look like a promising proposition, if Suzuki get the pricing proper. Having stated that, the producer has priced its bikes comparatively competitively to this point – albeit in the direction of the premium finish of the market – and we anticipate them to do the identical with the Gixxer SF 250. Simply how premium it is going to be, although, stays to be seen.