Suzuki GSX-R125 Entry-Level Sportsbike Launched In Japan
Modified On May 23, 2020 By Benjamin Noel Gracias
The 125cc pocket rocket could be the perfect bike to take on the KTM RC 125 and Yamaha R125
- Its liquid-cooled motor delivers more power than KTM RC 125.
- Is a lot lighter than the RC 125.
- Gets LED headlamp, tail lamp and digital instrument console.
Suzuki has launched its entry-level GSX-R125 sports bike in Japan. It is the smallest capacity motorcycle in its portfolio apart from the GSX-S125. Incidentally, Suzuki also offers the India-spec Gixxer 150, Gixxer 250 and Gixxer SF 250 in the Japanese market. The Suzuki GSX-R125 joins the list of other small capacity but highly specced sports bikes like the KTM RC 125 and Yamaha R125.
The Suzuki gets the same styling as the larger GSX-R150. It gets features such as an LED headlamp, LED tail lamp and a digital instrument console that includes a speedometer, tachometer, odometer, tripmeter, fuel gauge, clock, gear position, oil change and service intervals. It also gets a hazard switch and Suzuki’s easy start system.
Power comes from a 124cc liquid-cooled and fuel-injected single-cylinder motor that delivers 15PS at 10,000rpm and 11Nm 8000rpm. In comparison, the India-spec KTM RC 125 with its similarly specced motor delivers 14.5PS at 9250rpm and 12Nm at 8000rpm. The GSX-R125 weighs just 134kg (kerb), making it considerably lighter than the RC 125’s 154.2kg dry weight. Underpinnings include a telescopic fork and monoshock with braking via disc brakes on both ends. It gets dual-channel ABS too.
The GSX-R125 doesn’t come cheap though. In Japan, it is priced at 393,800 yen on-road (around Rs 2.77 lakh). That’s more than the Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 sold in India! Given this high price tag, it is highly unlikely that it will be offered in a price-conscious market like India. Suzuki could get prices down by completely localising the GSX-R125 and offering less kit like a single-channel ABS. If it could get the price down to Rs 1.5 lakh (ex-showroom), the Japanese bikemaker could have a KTM beater on its hands.