Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 Review: Photo Gallery
Wondering how the Suzuki’s Gixxer SF 250 fares in the real-world? We get you the answer in our detailed image gallery
Suzuki has a new weapon in its arsenal, the Gixxer SF 250, to take on the Yamaha Fazer 25 and the Honda CBR250R. So can the brand new entrant in this quarter-litre segment outshine its other Japanese contenders that have been on sale for a fair amount of time? We find out.
Compared to the previous-gen Gixxer SF 150, the Gixxer SF 250 looks a lot sportier. You get sharper lines and sporty bits in the form of clip-on handlebars, split seats and a higher-set tail section.
The low-mounted fly screen looks sporty though it feels more like a cosmetic addition rather than a practical one.
The Gixxer SF 250 gets all-LED light setup at the front and rear. The headlamp has good reach but lacks intensity.
While the manufacturer has done well to keep the livery to a minimum, we would have liked some brighter colour options. Thankfully, there are reports that Suzuki plans to launch a MotoGP edition of the SF 250 soon.
Also read: Suzuki Gixxer SF 250: Road Test Review
The premium, all-digital LCD instrument cluster offers a large readout and inverted colours are easy to read even in bright daylight.
Despite the sporty design, the Gixxer SF 250 has fairly upright ergonomics. Its clip-on handlebars are set low. But because they’re positioned closer to the rider, you do not have to lean much to reach them.
The seat is extremely comfortable even on longer rides thanks to its shape, width and the right amount of firmness. Even shorter riders can comfortably place both feet on the ground due to its low height.
Powering the motorcycle is a 249cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected motor with a unique oil cooling system. This powerplant churns out 26.5PS of power and 22.6Nm of torque, mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
In the city, this engine is tractable enough to pull cleanly in 6th gear from speeds as low as 40kmph. Also, its short gearing and grunt mean you can ride around in the city in higher gears, which helps return a good fuel efficiency of 37.5kmpl.
Out on the highway, the motor feels unstressed at speeds of upto 100kmph, with an optimal cruising speed between 90-100kmph. Even at these speeds, it delivers a fuel efficiency of 40.95kmpl.
The Gixxer SF 250’s motor does everything right, and it’s hard to fault. But if you’re looking at exciting performance, you’d be better off with something like a KTM 250 Duke
While the ride is on the firmer side, the bike does a good job of isolating the rider from sharp road edges and potholes. So while you feel the road surface, you do not have to brace for any jolts to your spine over bad surfaces.
In terms of handling, the quarter-litre Gixxer doesn’t feel as light on its feet as the previous Gixxer SF 150. However, it does well to mask its weight, especially when you are riding it in the city where it feels almost effortless.
The Gixxer SF 250 performs poorly in the braking department. While the poor numbers can partly be attributed to the wet road conditions during our test, the brakes themselves offer very little in terms of feedback and bite.
So who is the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 meant for? The Suzuki Gixxer SF 250’s calm nature will do well with a mature audience looking for a more powerful city bike which can also do long-distance highway runs without fuss.