Pheww! Where and how do we start, we are feeling restless in bringing this news to our viewers. After liter class insanities from Japanese majors Yamaha and Honda, Suzuki joins the bandwagon with their liter class heavenly handsome GSX-R 1000 and the most practical super street bike in India, Bandit 1250S. Suzuki has launched these beauties for us, the Indians. It must be known that Suzuki already has the once world’s fastest production commercial motorcycle, the big daddy of them all, GSX-R 1300 popularly known as Hayabusa in the Indian market along with the mighty Intruder.
With the inclusion of these bikes, Suzuki now have 4 superbikes in India- Hayabusa, Intruder M1800R, Bandit 1250S and GSX-R 1000, the most on offer from a single manufacturer. The full faired liter class wonder from Suzuki is a race track oriented bike which directly competes with bikes of the likes of R1s, CBRs, ZXRs etc on the tracks. On the other hand semi faired Bandit is more of a street machine and highway tourer which weighs a hefty 250 kilograms on the tipping scale and is adored by stunt maniacs the most.
The GSXR produces a maddening power output of 191 hp @ 12000 rpm from its 999cc engine. On the other hand is the torque monster Bandit which produces around 100 hp of power output at 7900 rpm and torque of 108 Nm at an amazingly low rpm of 3750 with its 1255cc engine.
The hooligan Bandit will be available in two color tones- Metallic Gleam Gray and Pearl Nebular Black. GSX-R 1000 will be made available in two color combos as well, Glass Splash White/Metallic Mat Stellar Blue and Solid Black/ Metallic Mat Titanium Silver. Now comes the interestingly good part. Both the bikes are kept at competitive prices. GSX-R 1000 will retail for 12.75 lakhs and the Bandit would be yours at an unbelievable price tag of 8.5 lakhs ONLY! (Both prices ex showroom Pune). The Yamahas and Hondas sell their liter class racers R1 and Fireblade at above 14 lakh INR. With such a luring price tag, Bandit now becomes the cheapest and, hence, the most affordable superbike in India beating the 1000cc Honda CB1000R which sells at 10.21 lakhs (ex showroom Mumbai). As we hear, bookings have already started and do we see a few of you dropping and heading straight to a Suzki showroom right away?
– Saad Khan