Suzuki GSX250R: Cool new A2 licence friendly Suzuki. Plus crosscontinental travel with attitude from the Austrians and don’t miss the latest BMW R1200GS Rallye and Harley’s Road King.
THE FACTS O 25bhp O 181kg O Seat height 790mm
The new GSX250R delivers styling and proportions that feel instantly ‘right’. But while the styling, paintjob and even the name are all decidedly GSX-R focused, the GSX is actually intended as a well-styled everyday commuter bike, rather than a pocketrocket. As such, it will probably endear itself to town-dwellers who might want the looks, but not the wrist, neck or backache of riding in a crouch.
It’s powered by a new four-stroke, water-cooled, sohc parallel twin, with undersquare dimensions that suggest it has its sights set more on delivering easy midrange than being a high-rpm banshee. Power is an A2-compliant 25bhp, but made at an accessible 8000rpm, while maximum torque comes at as easily reached 6500rpm. Suzuki say it’s been tuned to perform at real-world speeds, while sipping fuel gently enough to give a 298-mile range.
It also gets Bosch ABS, petal discs, a classy all-lcd white-on-black dash, an LED taillight and front running lights, stylish 10-spoke wheels and KYB suspension. A great looking bike for lovers of the quarter-litre class.
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