Suzuki GIXXER: Quick First Impressions Review [Reader Share]

This quick first impressions review is shared by our avid reader Tanmoy who pens down his thoughts to help fellow readers know more about Gixxer. An official review will be shared soon

So finally Japanese biking giant Suzuki start taking the Indian market seriously and have just launched their best yet bike – the Gixxer. Gixxer is a nickname of Suzuki’s legendary GSX-R series. The name GSX-R stands for speed, power and head turner design. With the name Gixxer, Suzuki’s new 155cc bike carries a totally new DNA. Striking design and strong engine is the USP of Gixxer. Today, I am going to share my test ride experience of all new Suzuki Gixxer with all the readers of BikeAdvice.

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Styling is pretty impressive of this bike. It is naked styled and looks muscular. But somewhere its design reminds me old FZ-S. Apart from this, it carries a totally new and fresh feel. Fuel tank is sculpted with changeable plastic panels (like FZ) with neat and nice finish. Alloy fuel-cap looks cool but lacks hinge. Overall plastic quality is very good and sturdy with no odd panel gaps.

Headlight design is like GS150R, but the parking light is mounted on its chin (again like FZ). Palm grips are soft and switch feel is crispy. Size and positioning of switches is good hence they are easy to use. Turn indicators are mounted on rubber and this is almost unbreakable. Foot peg position is rear-set for more sporty riding position.

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The rear side panels are in good flow, like no odd side panel cladding or gap. All flow in straight and smooth line. Rear grab rail is beautifully merged into rear body panel which looks superb. Tail light is LED, looks good when glowing during dark. Seat is a single unit and provides good space for both rider and pillion. Clutch lever and brake lever feels good and strong. The most eye catchy part of its design is its dual outlets silencer which makes the bike look like a big capacity bike. Its size is stubby and the tip is covered with chrome. Although, in pics it looks a little garish, but in flesh it looks real elegant.

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Conclusion about its design is – it is bold & beautiful. Body lines smoothly travel from head to tail.

Heart of this big boy is a very peppy and rev friendly engine. Pick up is fantastic and it is almost vibe free at high RPMs also. It is an all new carburetor fed 2 valve 155cc mill which delivers a healthy 14.8 PS of power which peaks at 8000 rpm. Just pull the accelerator and engine start grunting for more RPM.

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Gixxer is equipped with Suzuki’s patented SJCS which means Suzuki Jet Cooling System. It spray oil on piston when piston tends to get hot. Peak torque is 14Nm at 6000rpm. Gears are close ratio and shift is slick and are operated by a single lever, universal one down and 4 up pattern. And yes it is a 5 speed unit, not the 6-speed like its sibling GS150R.

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Gearing is well balanced, not short and not too long – good for city commuting, as well as highway cruising. Braking duties are taken care by 266 mm large front disc brake by Bybre. Rear one is drum 130mm and there is no disc even as an option. Braking is powerful and sharp. Fast sprint ability needs good boots too, so it equipped with MRF revz 140/60R-17 huge tubeless radial rear tyre and 100/80-17 front tyre, which provides fairly good grip.

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On corners it feels more confident then FZ, thanks to its suspension setup & frame design. It is so effortless that you can throw this bike on corners without any hesitation. Front suspension is 41mm large dia (again like FZ) and rear is 7 step adjustable mono suspension. It can take on potholes smoothly.

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Important messages are delivered to the rider via multifunctional console. With orange backlit it looks cool. All infos are easy to read even on direct sunlight. Console contains speedo, bar type digital RPM indicator which goes upto a maximum of 9500RPM, fuel gauge, clock, trip and odo meter. LED powered side indicators, N light, high beam light and rev warning flasher. Design is a bit confusing and it needs time to get used to.

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It has one new feature which I like the most which is adjustable RPM. Rider can adjust engine’s RPM between 4000 to 9500. With 4000 RPM engine deliver more kmpl. All electricals are DC, which provide flicker free light at all RPMs.

TECHNICAL DETAILS

  • Engine : 155 cc, 4 stroke, single cylinder, air cooled, 2 valves
  • Bore x stroke : 56.0 mm x 62.9mm
  • Maximum output : 14.8Ps @ 8000rpm
  • Torque : 14Nm @ 6000rpm
  • Starter system : Kick & electric
  • Battery : Maintenance free 12V, 3Ah
  • Headlight : 12 v 35/35 W
  • Tail light : LED
  • Overall length : 2050mm
  • Overall width : 785mm
  • Overall height : 1030mm
  • Wheel base : 1330mm
  • Saddle height : 780mm
  • Ground clearance : 160mm
  • Curb weight : 135kg

Final verdict is that this is a great well-rounded bike by Suzuki. The company has tried their best and yes, they have succeeded in mission GIXXER. Good power delivery with fuel efficiency of 50+ kmpl (claimed by showroom guy) in actual driving conditions. Nice build quality with sporty looks. This bike is for those people who want something fresh.

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As we all know it comes with a “PREMIUM” tag so price is “PREMIUM” too. It costs 82,000 INR (on road), in Bikaner, Rajasthan. Yes, this is bit higher for a 150cc bike. But be assured, it carries super quality and super design with it.

Regards,

Tanmoy Sengupta

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