So here it is…. the official confirmation on one of the most awaited 250 ccs of current times – Suzuki’s baby GSX-250R! Just after the leaking spyshots, we thought Suzuki would talk about it at Intermot but instead, they unveiled the even-smaller GSX-125R. Nonetheless, at a recent conference in China, Suzuki has finally unveiled their quarter litre challenger! Now, instead of a game-changer, Suzuki seems to have paid focus on affordability and practicality. Against a scientifically super advanced all-new mill, the Japs have chosen to stick with the older, reliable mill from the Inazuma.
First things first – let us talk engine specs. The 248 cc DOHC twin cylinder mill (bore x stroke – 53.5 x 55.2 mm) churns out 25 PS of maximum power at 8,000 rpm and 23.4 Nm of peak torque at 6,500 rpm. Though Suzuki never promoted Inazuma’s figures, just to give you an idea, the comfortable tourer was good for a power output of around 24 bhp and 22 Nm of torque. Transmission of GSX-250R is a 6 speed unit. Clearly, the bike is intended to be more practical your run-of-the-mill motorcycle rather than a fast track based tool like the KTM RC250 or the recently launched CBR250RR.
If it carries over most of Inazuma’s traits, expect a relaxed mill which can break no bone but still be good for longest of hauls without a fuss! Specs & pics provided on this page sourced from Jiche.
The GSX250R does look typical Suzuki-like sporty and carries over almost all design traits of the GSX-R125 and some from the Gixxer SF sold in India. The headlamp gets a 55/60 watt bulb and the taillamp unit is a cluster of 12 LEDs. The 140 section rear tyre is the same spec as Indian Gixxers. The edginess adds to the appeal of the bike. The long, stubby exhaust upswepts at a nice angle to lend it sportiness…
The instrumentation console’s shape resembles the one found in the Gixxer, however, the black theme appears to be more attractive. Apart from real time fuel consumption, it also has an oil change reminder. You also get adjustable levers.
Braking duties are handled by a 290 mm single disc at the front with twin piston calipers and a 240 mm (disc) unit at the rear with a single piston caliper – both (calipers) sourced from Nissin. The telescopic front suspension are non-adjustable while the rear gets a monoshock with 7 presets. ABS is not available as standard but it is there as an optional extra.
The bike measures 2,085 mm in length, 740 mm in width and 1,110 mm in height. The wheelbase is 1,430 mm. Seat height is a very accessible 790 mm while the kerb weight stands at 178 kg. The fuel tank can store 15 litre of petrol.
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While Suzuki India has not confirmed the bike for our market, but they have definitely hinted at a 250 cc and it makes a lot of sense actually. This will give an option to the 5000-10000 per month Gixxer buyers whenever they consider an upgrade.
GSX-250R doesn’t have earth-shattering specs but we would not mind this Suzuki with the butter-smooth motor of the Inazuma, at slightly lesser prices than the R3 and the likes….