Full Faired Suzuki 250 Spied; Could Be A Baby Hayabusa?

Modified On May 18, 2019 By Gaurav Sadanand for Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

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The latest spy shots suggest that the upcoming Suzuki 250cc motorcycle could feature a bulbous design rather than a sharp one like the GSX-250R

  • Spy shots hint at premium components like USD forks and radial tyres.
  • Upcoming 250cc Suzuki could be powered by a parallel-twin engine.
  • Suzuki India could call the bike ‘Busa’ as a homage to the Hayabusa. 

We all know that Suzuki Motorcycles India has a big launch planned for 20 May 2019.  In fact, a couple of teaser images shared by the brand even hints at a fully faired motorcycle. But aside from that, Suzuki has managed to keep us all in the dark. Until now, that is! New spy images of the upcoming motorcycle have revealed a couple of juicy details. And from the looks of it, this could even throw our earlier speculation out of the window.

The bike covered under layers of bubble wrap makes one thing pretty evident - it’s without a doubt a fully faired motorcycle. It could also mean one of two things - the bike is either a slim Gixxer (SF) 250 underneath like we had anticipated earlier, or something else altogether.  Look closely and the bulky front and rear proportions hint at something a bit more familiar. Perhaps a scaled-down version of a litre class bike?

Also Read: Suzuki Gixxer 250 India Launch on May 20

Could this be a smaller Hayabusa? What reinforces our speculation is the fact that Suzuki has the tendency to use the names of its big bikes and scooters for its smaller offerings sold in India. Case in point, the Suzuki Gixxer, Intruder and Burgman. Now Suzuki’s Hayabusa has had a cult following in India as well and surprisingly they have not used the ‘Busa name for any of their small capacity bikes sold here. So there is a strong possibility that the new bike could be called the ‘Busa’ for the Indian two-wheeler market. 

To add some meat to the bone, the bike seems to feature premium, machine-finished, two-tone alloy wheels shod with MRF Revz FC1 radial tyres. To put things into perspective, these performance oriented tyres are currently offered on the KTM 125/200/250cc and the newly launched 2019 Dominar 400. The pictures also suggest that the bike gets upside down forks and by extension, radially mounted callipers clamped to a single disc up front, elements that even the international-spec GSX-R250 misses out on.

Also Read: Suzuki GSX-R300: More Details Emerge

In terms of engine specs, we had earlier speculated a 250cc, single-cylinder, air and oil-cooled mill, which would put it on par with the Yamaha FZ25. However, taking into account the premium underpinnings of the new bike and our hunch of a baby Busa, the bike could draw power from a bigger 300cc, liquid-cooled  parallel-twin motor. It could possibly be the same engine that is set to power the GSX-R300, which is currently under development.

On the other hand, a more complicated parallel-twin motor paired with high-spec underpinnings could potentially drive up the bike’s price to around Rs 2.5 lakh to Rs 2.7 lakh (ex-showroom). That would be too big a jump for Suzuki considering the current crop of bikes its manufacturers in India. Thus, to keep costs in check, we feel the company could go with a rather simple single-cylinder engine that’s likely to dish out 27-28PS.

Though this is still a shot in the dark, if Suzuki does plan to launch a baby Busa, we sure hope it nails the design this time around. 

 

Picture courtesy: GaadiWaadi.com

*Ex-showroom Price in Delhi
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