Bike India

Suzuki Gixxer 250 and SF 250

We take a look at the BS6 Suzuki Gixxer 250 and the SF 250, one a streetfigh­ter and the other a fully faired motorcycle, which have made quite a name for themselves in the 250-cc space in India

- Story: Azaman Chothia Photograph­y: Apurva Ambep

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Derived from Suzuki’S legendary GSX-R MODELS , the GIXXER line-up in india comprises two naked streetfigh­ters and two fully faired motorcycle­s. the 250-cc market has been growing apace over the last few years and the gixxer 250 and Sf 250 have proved to be major contenders in that space. We were very impressed by the BS4 Suzuki gixxer Sf 250 when we got a chance to ride it at the launch which took place at the Buddh internatio­nal Circuit in noida. With some race-spec modificati­ons, the gixxer Sf 250 is also used by the manufactur­er in its one-make championsh­ip series. let’s take a look at what makes these machines so special. Both these motorcycle­s have been built on a diamond frame from the 150-cc models and have been reinforced with thicker steel sections to handle the added weight from this larger 250-cc engine. Both bikes have quite a premium and sturdy-looking design which is sure to catch the enthusiast’s eye. to me personally, an important aspect of the design language is those well-sculpted tanks that allows a rider to lock their knee while diving into corners and this also adds to the bikes’ sporty look and feel. like all motorcycle­s in the modern era, these bikes make use of led headlights as well as led tail-lights which adds to the premium quotient. Completing the aggressive look of the gixxer series is the short twin-barrel exhaust that demonstrat­es an exhilarati­ng grunt when revved.

As for colour options, the bikes come either with a matte black colour option or a blue that replicates their motogP livery. there is also a new 100th-anniversar­y edition blue and silver colour option that seems to be the best-looking of the lot. for this review, we received a matte black gixxer Sf 250 and a blue gixxer 250 and, of the two, the blue colour is surely the winner, considerin­g that it is brighter and is complement­ed by a large Suzuki decal running across the bodywork. the design remains the same as that of the BS4 models and the only difference is the use of a BS6 sticker on the tank of the gixxer Sf 250.

When it comes to ergonomics, the gixxer 250 has an upright and higher riding position and no fairing means that this is the more practical option to slice through city traffic. on the other hand, the Sf 250 has a seating position of that of a sportstour­er with a raised clip-on handlebar and its foot-pegs are set low. this ensures that there is no stress on a rider’s wrists and that they won’t have to constantly be seated in an aggressive position, allowing the Sf 250 to be ridden for longer durations without any discomfort to a rider. Both bikes get a digital instrument cluster that displays more than adequate informatio­n, but we do hope to see Suzuki integrate the new Bluetooth connectivi­ty feature with which both the access 125 and Burgman Street 125 scooters are equipped.

AN IMPORTANT ASPECT OF THE DESIGN LANGUAGE IS THOSE WELL-SCULPTED TANKS THAT ALLOWS A RIDER TO LOCK THEIR KNEE WHILE DIVINGINTO CORNERS AND THIS ALSO ADDS TO THE BIKES’ SPORTY LOOK AND FEEL

Now let us talk about the most important part and why you will really buy this motorcycle. the engine used in these motorcycle­s is a 249-cc, single-cylinder, fuel-injected, oilcooled unit that puts out 26.5 hp at 9,300 revolution­s per minute and a peak torque of 22.2 nm at 7,300 rpm. in comparison, the BS4 model put out 26.5 hp at 9,500 rpm and a peak torque of 22.6 nm at 7,500 rpm, which indicates that Suzuki have succeeded in retaining the power figures, albeit with a slight difference in the peak rpm. Just like the BS4 model, we are happy to report that this engine retains all that we liked about it and is even more refined now. it is smooth through the revrange and the character of this engine allows you to comfortabl­y cruise through city traffic.

While accelerati­ng, you can feel that the power delivery is linear all the way up to the 9,300-rpm mark with a strong midrange and that the six-speed gearbox is slick and makes for swift up-and-down shifts. the SOCS (Suzuki oil Cooling System) is impressive as it manages engine heat efficientl­y in city traffic and even when the bike is being ridden hard. When we were riding on the highway, i was astride the Sf 250 and was able to achieve an indicated top speed of 154 km/h in sixth gear before the bike hit the rev-limiter. meanwhile, anosh, who was on the gixxer 250, was able to achieve a top speed of 151 km/h and the bike was not able to pull all the way to the 9,300-rpm mark. this may possibly be ascribed to the better aerodynami­cs of the Sf 250 and the fact that i am the lighter rider. the engine also allows the rider to stay in higher gears at low speeds; a simple twist of the throttle will quickly get the bike up to speed.

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 ??  ?? ABOVE: The naked Gixxer uses a flat headlight unit at the front
ABOVE: The naked Gixxer uses a flat headlight unit at the front
 ??  ?? BELOW: Quite a sharp and aggressive front end on the SF 250
BELOW: Quite a sharp and aggressive front end on the SF 250
 ??  ?? LEFT: The digital instrument clusters are well laid out and display ample informatio­n
LEFT: The digital instrument clusters are well laid out and display ample informatio­n
 ??  ?? RIGHT: The only difference in design when compared to the BS4 models is a BS6 sticker on the tank
RIGHT: The only difference in design when compared to the BS4 models is a BS6 sticker on the tank
 ??  ?? ABOVE: Cruising is made comfortabl­e with the naked Gixxer
ABOVE: Cruising is made comfortabl­e with the naked Gixxer
 ??  ?? RIGHT: Sharp tank shrouds complement­ed with large Suzuki branding
RIGHT: Sharp tank shrouds complement­ed with large Suzuki branding
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RIGHT: The single piece handlebar is set higher and also slightly wider on the Gixxer
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BELOW: The most aggressive riding position you can get into on the SF 250
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 ??  ?? LEFT: Sturdy body panels and fittings indicate a premium build quality
LEFT: Sturdy body panels and fittings indicate a premium build quality
 ??  ?? LEFT: Even with the clip-on handlebars, the SF 250 places a rider in a relaxed position
LEFT: Even with the clip-on handlebars, the SF 250 places a rider in a relaxed position

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