Suzuki launches the Inazuma
After a long pause, Suzuki finally launches a new two-wheeler - and it's a twin-cylinder, 248cc street bike
Suzuki revealed the Inazuma (GW250 to everyone in the States) to the world way back in 2012. We in India, however, had to wait, and wait, and then wait some more. And it's now that Suzuki has finally launched it here.
Suzuki says 'Inazuma' in Japanese means "lightning that strikes during a thunderstorm". Taking cues from the bigger B-King, the 183kg Inazuma uses a 248cc, liquid-cooled parallel-twin motor, that puts out something close to 25bhp and 24Nm of torque. A six-speed manual gearbox helps put that power down to the road.
The "youth, college students and motorcycle enthusiasts in metros" is who Suzuki is aiming for with the Inazuma. It'll be available in two shades only - black and red, and you can have one for Rs 3.26 lakh (ex-showroom, Mumbai).
While it may seem expensive, remember that the only other small-capacity, twin-cylinder motorcycles on sale here are the Hyosung GT250R, and the Kawasaki Ninja 300 (Rs 3.50 lakh, ex-Mumbai), which is, excepting the number of cylinders powering it, poles apart from this Suzuki street bike. Kawasaki does offer a Z250 abroad, though, and since that's based on the now-discontinued Ninja 250R, the Z250 will be a real competitor to the Inazuma when it is launched here.
So, youthful-college-going-bike-enthusiast-living-in-a-metro, do you approve of Suzuki's (sort of) new 250?