The recently unveiled quarter litre bikes by Suzuki have been showcased at EICMA. The 248 cc parallel twin mill from the Inazuma has the same output in Europe as the Chinese model. While the V-Strom 250 will hit UK dealerships in summer, the GSX250R will be out by late spring.
The announcement also confirms that there would not be a 300 cc version for European nations, a method which Yamaha, Honda and Kawasaki have used in the segment for mature markets. Now that’s a move which a lot of people will question. Let’s have a look at both the motorcycles in detail:
Suzuki V-Strom 250:
Combining the practicality, style, and excitement since the introduction of the original V-Strom 1000 from 2002, the bike aims to provide all that in a compact manner, the bike will be a boon for beginners. The 248 cc mill’s output is 25 PS of maximum power at 8,000 rpm and 23.4 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. Emphasis has been made to focus on low and mid-range torque.
Instrumentation consists of a reverse lit LCD panel which includes information such as speedo, rev counter, gear position indicator, and fuel range. Placed in front of this is a compact screen which has been extensively wind tunnel tested for optimised weather protection. Just like its elder siblings (V-Strom 650 and V-Strom 1000), the V-Strom 250 gets an integrated luggage system. This eliminates the requirement of an additional rack for the fitment of side cases. An optional top box is also available from Suzuki’s accessory range.
This A2 license friendly motorcycle focuses on usable power in urban regions. The engine and the output figures are the exact same as the V-Strom 250. With a sharp and sporty look, the bike promises of comfortable ergonomics and nimble performance.
The intake valves have been designed to optimise airflow into the combustion chamber which not just improves performance but also reduces emissions to help meet the upcoming strict Euro4 regulation. A new 2 in 1 exhaust enhances performance in the midrange. Adding to the fun factor are clip-on handlebars which helps the GSX250R to be a corner carver.
However, the bike will be equally comfortable during an occasional weekend trip to the highway.
Suzuki India has still not confirmed any of the motorcycles for India but if they price them competitively, the bikes can be a hit.