SPORTY SPICE

Suzuki GSX250R

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Just like the new V-strom 250, with which it shares an en­gine and much of its run­ning gear and cy­cle parts, the new GSX250R de­liv­ers styling and pro­por­tions that feel in­stantly ‘right’. But while the styling, paintjobs and even the name are all very GSX-R fo­cused, Suzuki have been care­ful to make a sub­tle dis­tinc­tion be­tween this GSX and its more racy cousins.

This is firmly in­tended as a well­styled ev­ery­day com­muter bike, rather than a pocket-rocket. Ob­vi­ously the 24.7bhp on tap isn’t go­ing to be too sporty any­way, but note how high the bars are, and you’ll un­der­stand that this is far more GSX-F than GSX-R.

While that might dis­ap­point some, it will prob­a­bly en­dear it fur­ther to just as many, and es­pe­cially towndwellers who might want the looks, but not the wrist, neck or back­ache of rid­ing in a crouch.

The rolling mass is pretty light, at 181kg, and the spec is good enough – with Bosch ABS, petal discs, a classy and com­pre­hen­sive all-lcd whiteon-black dash, LED tail­light and front run­ning lights, stylish 10-spoke wheels and KYB sus­pen­sion front and rear.

The only real ques­tion mark is the use of IRC tyres, which could be fine – but may also fall short for rid­ers used to more fa­mil­iar brands. Tyre sizes are 110/80 17 front, 140/55 17 rear though, which gives those who want some­thing bet­ter the chance to go shop­ping.

The qual­ity, fit and fin­ish all look pretty solid, and the colour schemes are re­mark­ably ma­ture in white, black or Mo­togp-ap­ing blue. And with a seat height of 790mm, this sporty lit­tle of­fer­ing should be within the leg range of most rid­ers.

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