Suzuki Gixxer 250

INTRODUCTION

Suzuki Gixxer 250 is an updated version of CB Unicorn 150 with major changes in all most aspects. So what are those major tweaks at an expense of extra 6000 – 7000 rupees ?. Unicorn 150 is losing grip in market as it is ageing and rivals are now outperforming. So Unicorn 160 does the role of successor quite well ? Time to inspect.

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KEY SPECIFICATIONS

DISPLACEMENT

249cc

MILEAGE

30-45 km/l

POWER

26.5PS @ 9,000rpm

TORQUE

22.6 N.m @ 7,500rpm

FUEL SYSTEM

FUEL INJECTION

TANK CAPACITY

12 liters

REAR SUSPENSION

SWING ARM MONO

KERB WEIGHT

161Kg

SPECIAL FEATURES

1

SPORTS BIKE

2

TWIN MUFFLER

3

DISTINCTIVE LOOK

4

DISC BRAKES

5

6 SPEED GEAR BOX

6

LED TAIL LAMPS

7

SINGLE CYLINDER

8

REAR TYRE HUGGER

9

WIDER TYRES

10

CLIP-ON HANDLE BAR

11

OIL COOLING SYSTEM

12

SELF/KICK

Full Specifications

City 30-35km/l
Highway 33-45km/l
Engine Type Single Cylinder, 4 Stroke, Oil-Cooled, SOHC, Fuel Injection
Displacement 249cc
Power 26.5PS @ 9,000rpm
Torque 22.6N.m @ 7,500rpm
Bore x Stroke 76.0mm x 54.9mm
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Fuel Supply Fuel Injection
Clutch Wet, Multiplate
Gearbox Type Manual
Valve Per Cylinder 2
Air Cleaner Paper Element
Ignition System Fuel Injection
Speedometer Digital
Tachometer Digital
Tripmeter Digital
Fuel Gauge Yes
Pass Light Yes
Kill Switch Yes
Fuel Warning Indicator Yes
Start Type Kick/Self Start
Clock Yes
Low Battery Indicator Yes
Low Oil Indicator Yes
ABS Yes
Turn Signal Yes
Type Sports Bike
Front Suspension Telescopic, Coil spring, Oil damped
Rear Suspension Swing Arm, Mono Suspension
Wheelbase 1345mm
Ground Clearance 165mm
Length x Width x height 2010mm x 740mm x 1035mm
Kerb Weight 161Kg
Fuel Capacity 12 liters
Tyres (F) 110/70R-17 M/C-Radial Tubeless"
Tyres (R) 150/60R-17 M/C-Radial Tubeless"
Brakes (F) Disc
Brakes (R) Disc
ABS Dual Channel
Electrical System 12Volt - DC
Battery MF 12V, 3Ah
Head Lamp LED
Tail Lamp LED
Turn Signal Lamp 12V, 10W X 4Nos

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SUZUKI GIXXER SF 250 TEST RIDE & REVIEW

FORMAL DESIGN WITH BIT OF AGGRESSION

My first words while seeing this motorcycle will be like this – formal design with bit of agression but having modern and refreshed looks. Now lets go through each words. Honda CB Unicorn 160 has formal design because lines and bendings are way more less. Little bit of aggression and modern feel is present by the presence of large trapezoidal headlight flanked by the small black windscreen giving the front section a bold look.

The side profiles are neat enough with shrouds underneath the tank being distinctive one. Fully blacked out engine is simply superb and is a welcome move from HMSI in terms of design. The multi colored front forks and mud guard brings x-factor to the design. In rear side everything is fine with H-shaped tail lamp and a well designed exhaust being noteable ones. So as a commuter motorcycle overall styling is strictly conservative while as a performance motorcycle it will disappoint you for sure. Build quality is noteworthy with no issues whatsover for paint, panels and switchgear.

SUPERB UNICORN ENGINE

This is exactly Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 engine but with longer stroke, light weight, with better heat dissipation, tweaked exhaust note and no compromise in unicorn’s renowned refinement. An added counter balancer does iron out extra vibrations from reaching to the handlebars and rest of the area within the motorcycle. So overall this 162.71cc, four-stroke, carbureted motor does great job isn’t it ? Now to the numbers. This one pumps out 14PS of raw power @ 8,000rpm and 13.92Nm of torque @ 6,000rpm.

In the low and mid rev range engine is torquey enough and does city dwelling duties superbly. In high revs upto 8,000rpm power delivery is smooth and after that power is more linear and slightly stressed. Gearbox is smooth enough – typical Honda trait and initial gear ratios are short ones while high end ones are long enough to accomodate highway riding. Honda Eco Technology (HET), viscous paper filter along with smooth refined engine does give mileage of around 51-56km/l.

PURE COMMUTER ERGONOMICS

While talking about ergonomics of Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 this one is meant for those who need quick ride to their homes or offices. Ride quality is spot on for city conditions with comfortable seats, soft suspension setup with wide and cushioned seats for extra comfort. This one does it’s job for long rides due to above mentioned factors. While softer suspension setup spoil the party around the corners and series of bends. The handlebar is wide and foot controls are set in the middle having upright riding posture.

Combined Braking System (CBS) for 240mm front disc along with 130mm rear drum brakes doesnot offer great bite individually but togther it does perform. MRF Nylogrip Zapper tyres does bring more harm as they are not having enough grip and feedback is not that great.

LOADED WITH ENOUGH FEATURES

CBS with equaliser does come to rescue here in braking duties with all digital instrument console loaded with all needed data and values like speed, rpm, two tripmeters, odometer, fuel and gear indicator. Engine kill switch is missing which is a serious one. Large fuel tank, monoshock suspension, elegant muffler does bring added punch to features package.

SUZUKI GIXXER SF 250 VERDICT

Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 is a clear value for money motorcycle and is without doubt clear successor to CB Unicorn 150. It is defenitely eye catchy for conservative commuters and irritating for performance, stylish oriented riders. Honda has revamped this motorcycle in all segments and clearly lies in the portfolio in between Hornet 160R and Unicorn 150 with pride.

PROS

  • Combi brake system
  • Excellent engine
  • Superb performance

CONS

  • No engine kill switch
  • Conservative design
  • Tyres not that great

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