Suzuki Gixxer 250 Review
Bike Tested: Suzuki Gixxer 250; Road Test No. 1189; Test Location: Mumbai
Price OTR Mumbai: Rs. 1,89,600/-
Quarter-liter motorcycle – enough performance to keep up yet easy to ride
After the Inazuma got discontinued, Suzuki did not have any 250cc motorcycles until 2019. Suzuki launched the Gixxer SF 250 at a grand event along with the Gixxer SF. But after a few months, they launched the Gixxer 250 in a pretty silent manner. While we got to ride the Gixxer SF 250 on the track but the Gixxer 250 was to be tested where it belongs, on the Indian roads. Finally, a quarter-litre naked motorcycle from a Japanese manufacturer on a budget was all we needed, or was it?
Motor Quest: Suzuki had the Inazuma GW250 on sale until early 2015. Post that Suzuki did not have any 250cc motorcycle in India for a brief period. In 2019, Suzuki launched its first 250cc motorcycle made for India, the Gixxer SF 250 and followed up with the launch of its naked variant, the Gixxer 250
Styling – With a quick glance, the Gixxer 250 looks just like the Gixxer 150, the styling has been continued from the younger sibling to the 250. Although, the Gixxer 250 can be differentiated pretty well as it gets thicker tyres and diamond-cut alloy wheels. The hanging parts and the overall engine area looks chunkier while the top half looks exactly like the younger Gixxer. It gets the same LED headlights, wide handlebar, muscular yet sharp tanks and body clues with a split seat setup. Even the LED tail lights are similar to the younger Gixxer.
Similar design elements help in cost efficiency but create confusion
The dimensions are also very similar with a minor difference of just 10 mm in length while the 250 is wider by 5 mm. The Gixxer 150 gets glossy paint colours while the Gixxer 250 gets a metallic matte finish for its colours. The Gixxer 250 is available in just 2 colour options – silver and black. The grabrail is also a split unit, similar to the other Gixxers. While the dual-port exhaust is also finished in chrome, it has a rather different and rectangular design. The Gixxer 250 get an engine cowl which is missing on the Gixxer 150.
Instrument Cluster and Switchgear – The instrument cluster on the Gixxer 250 is a complete digital unit. It is similar to the one seen on the Gixxer 150 while it displays the same amount of information. However, the Gixxer 150 gets a white LCD while the Gixxer 250 gets a black LCD display. This makes it look quite cool but the information cannot be viewed that easily in bright sunlight. Because of the darker colour, the unit feels a little smaller while the two buttons on the console work well. The switchgear is shared between all the Gixxers and the quality is decent while they have a piano black finish.