The Gixxer SF 250 was a hoot around the BIC, but can it be your everyday hustler?
SUZUKI GIXXER 250 SF
AFEW MONTHS AGO, AATISH and I got the chance to ride the Gixxer SF 250 at the Buddh International Circuit for the very first time (evo India #69). The bike was comfortable, quick and didn’t throw any surprises. And now, I finally got to spend a few days and see what it’s like to live with.
The good bits
Though the split seat and the low and smaller front give the bike an aggressive look, once you hop on, you’ll be surprised at how upright it feels. The raised clip-ons and slightly rearset pegs lead to a riding position that is very comfortable for the everyday commute, as getting around the crowded city traffic is easy with these ergos.
The 249cc, oil-cooled engine is a gem for commuting. There’s ample torque at your disposal through the rev range. Even riding at 30-35kmph in the fifth cog is not an issue for this motorcycle. The suspension felt great on track and the story in the city is no different. It soaks up almost every bump and undulation. Even with a mild off-road session with the Gixxer, I didn’t feel any issue from the suspension.
Out on the highway, it cruises comfortably at triple digits, but the sweet spot is 110kmph, and some vibes do creep in beyond 130kmph, but nothing that will bother you.
With a mix of riding around the town and out on the highway, I managed to eke out around 35kmpl, which is good for a 250.
The not-so-good bits
The miniscule windscreen is of no help against the windblast at high speeds, and even a race crouch can’t do much. The front brake lacks adequate bite and will have you relying on the rear brake more often than not.
The headlight, too, isn’t the best one out there. Though the LED headlamp has a good spread, it lacks outright intensity, something that will be especially bothersome when facing incoming traffic.
Worth that cheque?
The Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 breathes life into the almost dead 250cc faired motorcycle segment. Though the puny windscreen and the illumination needs some working on, at `1.71 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the bike is a great option for someone looking for a faired motorcycle that can satisfy your urge for the weekend sprint as well be great company for getting around in the urban jungle.