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The Suzuki Inazuma is the first shot by Suzuki in the quarter liter segment. Seeing the CBU lineup of Suzuki, many biking enthusiasts were expecting something exceptionally fast from the stable of Suzuki, which can battle out with the likes of Honda, KTM and Yamaha equally well. But somehow, this Suzuki lags behind on those expectations. Starting with the styling, the bike fails to put up a first good impression for many young enthusiasts, as the looks are a bit dated and disproportionate and the bike looks good from certain angles only. Though the bike will suit the taste buds for those who want a plain jane, good feel factor from their ride. Also, the performance figures are not something which could set up the segment on fire, considering the present day rivals do this at a much better way. What are the upsides though, is its butter smooth engine which is vibe free at any rpm it is destined to run, it simply performs exceptionally well in the refinement department and can be perfectly billed as ultimate sports commuter. There is an elegance to its power delivery reminiscent to the parallel twin motorcycles, which none of its competitors offer here in Indian market. The rider as well as pillion comfort and the luggage carrying capability of this motorcycle is exceptionally well, which is the numero uno demand of a sports tourer. Where the rest of its competitors are manic, brute and mad like an adrenaline junkie, this Suzuki feels calm and composed with a ride quality which is unseen in any of the bikes within the 300cc mark, not even the cruiser motorcycles. This is the trio advantage of comfort, ride quality and refinement that the mature riders will love to have in their bike, and the Suzuki Inazuma is the motorcycle they should seriously look for. But the biggest and craziest problem Suzuki Inazuma will face in India is the pricing. Being a CKD product and a parallel twin motorcycle, it is not at all cheap. At Rs. 3,10,100 ex-showroom Delhi, it is a stupendously expensive motorcycle. But what you get at this price is a superb, vibe free and non-animalish sports commuter which feels built to last. And this is what the unique trait of this Suzuki is, which puts it in a totally different superior league of its own, even with its other shortcomings of design, performance and price.
Suzuki Inazuma Bikes
248 cc, Petrol,Rs 2,21,066*
Review of Suzuki Inazuma
Suzuki Inazuma OverView
Being one of the big players at the international stage, Suzuki’s stint in India is not that happening as in other countries. Sure, their CBU Superbikes such as Hayabusa, GSX-R and Intruder are bringing in fame for this big Jap player, but where they are losing a stroke is the mass market. The commuter bikes of Suzuki are not bringing in numbers as they would have expected, are losing behind in the game from the other players in the Indian market. To make the matters even more difficult, their absence in the faster growing entry level superbike segment cannot be avoided where the bikes like Yamaha YZF-R15, KTM Duke series and Honda CBR series are building up a chunk of sales for their respective manufacturers. To make up for this, Suzuki has launched its much awaited 250cc motorcycle, the Inazuma GW 250, in India. It is big, seems brute and promises to deliver class rivalling performance. The bike has proven its credentials in the European and Japanese markets with its thunderous credentials of being a sports commuter, and thus living up to its name, as ‘Inazuma’ means lightening in Japanese. To spruce up the segment, Suzuki has equipped this bike with a parallel twin, liquid cooled motor, thus sensing us with a superb performance. This configuration slots it between the Honda CBR 250R and Kawasaki Ninja 300. The Suzuki Inazuma is built in China for the global markets and in India, the parts are imported and assembled in Suzuki factories here. This means that it is also the first CKD product for Suzuki in India. Though arriving in the scene a bit late, but with the Inazuma, Suzuki is trying to revive up its image and make its position in the browning 250cc segment. Can it delivers as it promises? Let’s find out.
Suzuki Inazuma Designing
The first glance of the Suzuki Inazuma may lead up to mixed reviews, as this bike isn’t a full-sized faired mini GSX 250 everybody was expecting from Suzuki, but it’s a chunky, muscular street bike with some very simple, but interesting lines flowing throughout the body. It draws its inspiration from its 1300cc sibling, the Suzuki B-King. But when this design philosophy is applied to its 250cc cousin, the design seems to be a bit out of proportion. To make the motorcycle look beefier, some body panels like the front mudguard and tank scoops have come up designed a bit larger than desired. The tank scoops come equipped with in-built clear lens turn indicators, as seen in Hero Karizma R. Nevertheless, this enhance the muscular appeal of the motorcycle. The rear tail section, also a bit more bulky, seems a bit staid in design, and would have looked good on a motorcycle from the 1990s, and has a dual lens tail light sitting at top of it and clear lens turn indicators on either sides. Though to spice up the mass and compensating with the boring rear body section, Suzuki has given this bike twin exhaust pipes, making the Suzuki Inanzuma the cheapest motorcycle in India to offer this feature. In addition to it, the rear of the motorcycle also comes up with a silver finished passenger grab rail, which is big and easy to use for pillion rider. The theme of ‘extra-large’ is carried everywhere in the rest of the places too. The fuel tank, as expected, is a big unit and add up to the visual mass beautifully. The rear view mirrors too have been given the large theme, which are big and may look square and boring, but are very functional when put up in use. The big and wide clip-on handlebars make you feel that you are sitting on a much larger superbike. The aluminium alloy wheels, with their 3-spoke design, are old school units. The chunky, fat road-gripping tyres add up to the mass of the bike, when viewed from both front and rear. The instrument cluster, as in other Suzukis, is very well put together and is a nicely styled unit. It is a part digital, part analog design, which comes with an LCD unit which shows the speedometer, odometer, two trip meters, maintenance interval indicator, 3 mode rpm indicator, clock, gear indicator and fuel gauge, along with an analog tachometer. The other essential indicators like turn, neutral, engine ignition, etc. are positioned well in the left side of the unit. This instrument cluster gives you all the essential information which you need when you set off for a ride. The build quality and fit and finish is typically Suzuki, excellent and built to last. As far as paint options are concerned, Suzuki has made the Inazuma available only in two colors, Black and Red. To sum up the things, the bike though muscular and bulbous in appeal, seems to be a bit old school and dated, which tells us the fact that Suzuki has entered this segment very late. But still, with these simple lines and beefy looks, this design will appeal to the mature riders, who want their ride to be classy and simple, and not loud and brashy.
Suzuki Inazuma Engine And Performance
The Suzuki Inazuma may look ‘not to be built for everyone’s taste’, but what makes the things most interesting is its engine configuration. The power mill of the Inazuma is a 250cc, 4-stroke, liquid cooled, twin cylinder parallel engine with a bore length of 53.5mm and stroke length of 55.2mm, giving it a compression ratio of 11.5:1. The maximum power output churned out by this bike is a high 24 bhp at 8500 rpm and the maximum torque figure is of 24.2 Nm at 6500 rpm. These figures, though may seem interesting on paper for a 250cc motorcycle, but once you come to know that this motor is a parallel twin, the figures are a bit disappointing, considering the parallel twin performance of one of its rivals, Ninja 300, is way too superior than the Inazuma. To make things even worse, the kerb weight of whopping 182 kgs gives this bike a lower power-weight ratio as compared to its other competitors. This mild output figures are reflected straight away in its street performance results. The Inazuma manages to cover up the sprint of 0-60 kmph in 4.1 seconds. The 0-100 kmph comes out even slower at 10.73. To hit 120 kmph mark, it takes an almost lazy 21 seconds. The top speed of the motorcycle is a soft 131.6 kmph. These figures make it a ‘not so zoomer’ performer in front of the single-cylinder rivals, Honda CBR 250R and KTM Duke 200. This performance may seem a bit dull in the present day scenario, but the one aspect where the Suzuki Inazuma completely bowls out everyone is the engine refinement and smoothness. The parallel twin nature of the engine, coupled with the light clutch action, makes this bike creamy smooth all the way long to its redline, which is set up at 11,300 rpm. So, riding this motorcycle for plenty of kilometers may be hassle free, as cruising at even 100-110 km of speeds is vibration free and enjoyable. The linear power delivery also helps it a lot, making it easy and relaxing to use. The longer stroke engine promises decent performance and oodles of torque lower down the rev range as well. The gearbox is a slick 6-speed transmission unit, with gear ratios set up adequately to give the Inazuma a smooth performance in the rev range of 4500-9500 rpm. The bike delivers a decent fuel efficiency of an overall 34 kmpl, which is commendable for a motorcycle this large and bulky.
Suzuki Inazuma Braking And Handling
For a bike of 250cc, the Suzuki Inazuma is adequately big and heavy and exudes an aura of muscle, and the proof are its dimensions. The Inazuma is 2145 mm longer and 760mm wider, with a saddle height of 780 mm. The long wheelbase of 1430 mm and a heavy weight of 183 kg directly implies its larger turning radius, which may sometimes hamper its maneuverability, especially at tight corners. Though the longer wheelbase means that the stability and handling on roads is exceptionally well. Talking about the suspension fronts, the Suzuki Inazuma sports oil damped telescopic front forks at front and oil damped swingarm with monoshock coil spring at rear. The mono shock system at rear is a seven way adjustable suspension setup, which is hidden beneath the body panels to amplify the muscular appeal of the bike. This suspension combination provides the Suzuki Inazuma a ride quality that is unmatched to any other bike in its segment. The long and incredibly supple seat adds the sports tourer credentials of this machine and enhancing the ride quality which is unbelievably good. It is pliant over every kind of bump, whatever the speed may be. Be it a big pothole or small speed breakers, this bike can glide over any kind of uneven surfaces with comfort and ease. The bike also feels solid smooth when allowed to hit on long straights of roads and highways. Talking about the ergonomics, the seating posture of this bike is fairly upright, with mildly rear set foot pegs, giving it a commuterish tourer riding position. The clip-on handlebars, though wide units, are a bit tucked in, thus keeping your arms straight always, like in a track-committed naked street bike. The XL dimensions of the Suzuki Inazuma may scream out the story that it may be not so good in the dynamics front. But contradictory to it, the Suzuki Inazuma is quite impressive. The semi double cradle chassis is built rock solid and feels so, by aiding in the stability of the bike. The steering is compact enough to steer the bike coolly on corners. The IRC fat tubeless rubbers on the bike give decent grip, but once pushed harder, the need of better and stickier rubber is felt. The hydraulic disc brakes, at both front and rear, provide ample bite and ensure you a controlled and consistent braking at all speeds. Overall, the Suzuki Inazuma, even after being dimensionally and mass-effectively big, it is an easy to ride motorcycle even for newbie riders. The handling and ride quality of this bike are perfect and plush, which makes the bike a joy ride.
Suzuki Inazuma Safety Features
Though the Suzuki Inazuma's pricing is at a higher side, the bike doesn't come up with premium safety features, except the front and rear disc brakes doing the duty at both the wheels. The absence of essential safety features for a 250cc motorcycle, such as ABS, is a bit disappointing.
Suzuki Inazuma Colors
Suzuki has introduced only a single model of the Inazuma GW250 with only two color options - Black and Red.
Suzuki Inazuma Pros
Engine refinement, fit and finish, ride quality
Suzuki Inazuma Cons
Extremely expensive, limited color options, peak power performance
Suzuki Inazuma News
16 Jun, 2014 | 829 views
One of the oldest brands in the Indian 2 wheeler market, Suzuki Motorcycles India Limited (SMIL) has reduced the prices of its latest entry level performance bike. Suzuki Inazuma, which was launched at Rs. 3.10 lakh on 20th January, 2014, is now available at Rs. 2.10 lakh (both ex-showroom, Delhi).Read More
20 Jan, 2014 | 438 views
The Indian wing of the Jpanese two-wheeler manufacturer, Suzuki Motorcycle India Limited (SMIL),has launched its flagship bike in India- Suzuki Inazuma 250 aka GW250. It has been priced at Rs. 3.10 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) and offered with two colour options– black & red. It is a naked sport bike having a stylish design with easy-to-master power delivery.Read More
04 Jan, 2014 | 348 views
The Japanese auto major, Suzuki is all set to launch its naked sport bike GW250 aka Inazuma in the running month. The bike has already been landed in India and spotted at the Indian dealership. Price of the bike is also leaked to be Rs. 3.13 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).Read More
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