After the Inazuma, Suzuki is all set to make a comeback in the quarter-litre segment with the GSX250R, likely to be renamed the Gixxer 250 for India. The new bike is expected to reach our shores via the Completely Knocked Down (CKD) route by late 2017. The estimated price will be in the region of Rs 3-3.50 lakh, ex-showroom.The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled, 250cc parallel-twin engine derived from the Inazuma. This engine produces 25PS of power and 23.4Nm of torque while the power is transferred to the rear wheel via a 6-speed transmission. Suspension duties are taken care by 37mm KYB forks at the front and an adjustable KYB monoshock at the rear. The bike is anchored by disc brakes on both ends and it is speculated that ABS will be a standard equipment. When it comes to ergonomics, the raised clip-ons, windscreen and centre-set footpegs will ensure a comfortable riding posture. This also means the bike will have good touring potential. The faired styling will appeal to enthusiasts looking for a sporty tourer and the Gixxer 250, when launched, will compete against the likes of the Kawasaki Ninja 300 and the upcoming Benelli Tornado 302R.
Suzuki Gixxer 250 aka GSX 250 R is an entry-level 250cc sports bike sold globally. It is a fully-faired motorcycle that borrows some design cues from its larger siblings. The headlamp and MotoGP livery make it look like a scaled-down version of the GSX-R 1000. It gets a fully-digital instrument cluster which is similar to the one on the Gixxer 150 sold here. The bike gets clip-on headlamps and split seats. The bike shares its engine, chassis and suspension components from the Suzuki GW250 naked bike which was sold in India a while back, as the Suzuki Inazuma.
Powering the bike is a 248cc liquid-cooled parallel twin motor that puts out 25PS and 23.4Nm of torque. The motor is mated to a six-speed gearbox. It is a refined motor though performance is not at par with the other 250-300cc faired sports bikes out there.
The Gixxer 250 has a focus towards street riding than outright performance, seen in its raised clip-on handlebars and upright ergonomics. The front forks are non-adjustable 37mm KYB forks at the front and a KYB rear monoshock that can be adjusted for preload. Braking is via s single front and rear disc. ABS is standard. Expect the Gixxer 250 to be priced around the Rs 3 lakh mark. At this price point, the Gixxer 250 will be significantly cheaper than the other 250-300cc multi-cylinder offerings.