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Suzuki GSX-250R unveiled
Scores of spy shots of the Suzuki GSX-250R shuffling around the Interweb had quite a few of us waiting in anguish and puddles of drool. So, it came as great news that Suzuki recently put all doubts to rest about its latest quarter-litre motorcycle in China.
The fully-faired GSX-250R looks great – undoubtedly drawing inspiration from its litre-class sibling – the GSX-R1000 – with sharp-edged head and tail sections, fully digital instrument cluster, clip-on bars, a muscular tank, step-up split seats and a meaty muffler.
There’s a conventional telescopic suspension upfront, while a 7-step adjustable monoshock does duty at the rear. The new quarter-litre bike gets Nissin brakes with a 290mm single petal disc with twin piston calipers upfront and a 240mm petal disc with single piston caliper at the rear. Much of this motorcycle’s design hint at performance, but that’s about where it ends.
The GSX-250R is powered by the same 248cc twin-cylinder unit that powered the, now, defunct Inazuma. Now after riding the Inazuma to find it overly underpowered, the 250R’s 24.7bhp and 23.4Nm power and torque figures come as the shocker.
Yes, the output is a colossal downer. This, considering the fact that the Honda CBR 250R produces 26bhp from its single pot motor and is 15 kilos lighter than the 178kg Suzuki. The GSX-250R gets the option of ABS, but misses out on an all important slipper clutch, which we assumed would be included in the Suzuki’s bag of tricks seeing as it will take on the other twin-cyl rivals in the form of the Ninja 300 and Yamaha R3.
For now, the GSX-250R has just been launched in China and Suzuki remains mum about the motorcycle entering the Indian mix. But we expect Suzuki to develop a sub-300cc version of the 250R for our market and price it close to Rs 3 lakh, thereby undercutting the more powerful Yamaha R3.