FIRST RIDES

The Gixxer SF 250 was a hoot around the BIC, but can it be your ev­ery­day hus­tler?

Evo India - - CONTENTS - Words: Manaal Ma­hatme | Pho­tog­ra­phy: Sachin S Khot

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.

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