Suzuki Gixxer 250: All You Need To Know
Update: We have ridden the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250. Read the comprehensive road test review here.
Planning to buy the newly launched Gixxer 250? Check this out before you write that cheque!
Suzuki’s first quarter-litre naked motorcycle in the country was the Inazuma which was launched back in 2014. Sadly though, it didn’t do well in terms of sales due to high pricing. Now with the launch of the Gixxer 250, Suzuki intends to make a better impression in the second innings. Before you put down your money on this motorcycle, here’s everything you need to know:
Price and rivals:
The Suzuki Gixxer 250 is priced at Rs 1,59,800 (ex-showroom Delhi). This makes it less expensive than the Gixxer SF 250 by Rs 10,855. In terms of its positioning and rivals, the Gixxer 250 sits right in between the Yamaha FZ25 and the KTM 250 Duke. The FZ25 is around Rs 25,600 less expensive but it comes with its own set of compromises. For one, it gets a simple air-cooled engine with oil cooling which makes 5.6PS and 2.6Nm less than the Gixxer 250. The bike also lacks a sixth gear which restricts its highway-cruising capability.
On the other hand, the KTM 250 Duke costs almost Rs 2 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) but for this pricing, you get a more sophisticated liquid-cooled engine which generates 3.4PS and 1.4Nm more. All in all, the Gixxer 250 appears to be the perfect option for those who are looking for a balance of value for money and decent performance.
Gets the same engine and underpinnings as the Gixxer SF 250:
Suzuki has used the same mechanicals of the Gixxer SF 250 in the naked iteration as well. So, it gets the same 249cc single-cylinder, oil-cooled SOHC engine which generates 26.5PS at 9000rpm and 22.6Nm at 7500rpm. It works alongside a 6-speed transmission.
Suzuki hasn’t meddled with the underpinnings either. It gets the same single-downtube frame, 41mm telescopic fork with fork guards, monoshock, front and rear disc brakes with dual-channel ABS as the Gixxer SF 250. Just like the faired iteration, the naked bike also gets 110-section front and 150-section rear radial tubeless tyres on both ends.
While the length and height of the motorcycle are the same as its faired cousin, the Gixxer 250 gets 5mm shorter wheelbase (1340mm), which could hint at a slightly altered rake angle. This coupled with the wider single-piece handlebar (instead of the clip-ons) should result in better leverage while turning.
Derives design language from the 2019 Gixxer:
The Suzuki Gixxer 250 derives the same design language as 2019 Gixxer (155cc). It isn’t surprising as Suzuki went with a common design philosophy for the Gixxer SF 250 and the Gixxer SF (155cc). However, in order to differentiate from the smaller bike, the Gixxer 250 gets a bronze finish on the engine casing. There are bronze highlights on the side body panels and on the headlight bezel as well. Also, the quarter-litre naked gets an engine cowl for a more premium look. The alloy wheels with machine-cut finish, and the exhaust design have also been carried over from the Gixxer SF 250.
Comes with the same set of features as the Gixxer SF 250:
In order to keep costs in check, Suzuki has equipped the motorcycle with the same set of features as the faired iteration. It gets an LED headlamp and tail light whereas the indicators get bulb units. The fully digital instrument cluster is also the same as the Gixxer SF 250. While the instrument cluster displays all the relevant information including the position of the gear, we’d have liked it if it came with a range indicator as well. Just like the faired version, the naked bike also gets Suzuki Easy Start System which ensures the motor cranks up at the touch of a button.