Just yesterday, Suzuki Motorcycles India Limited launched the Gixxer 250, a naked sportsbike based on the full faired version that was launched a few months ago. The Gixxer 250 closely resembles the Gixxer 155 commuter bike but has larger dimensions and has a much more powerful engine. Suzuki has just released a TVC that showcased the just-launched sportsbike. Check it out.
The Gixxer 250, like its fully faired sibling, uses a 250cc single cylinder engine that’s air-oil cooled. This motor puts out 26.5 Bhp of peak power and 22.6 Nm of peak torque. The fuel injected engine gets a four valve head and is paired to a 6 speed manual gearbox. The motorcycle gets telescopic front forks and a rear monoshock suspension. It retains the twin canister exhaust, which is common across Suzuki Gixxers, both small and large capacity ones. The bike is priced at Rs. 1.6 lakhs, making it much more costlier than the Yamaha FZ25 but a lot cheaper than the KTM Duke 250. In a sense, Suzuki seems to be trying to take up the vacant space between the FZ25 and Duke 250.
The Gixxer 250’s launch means that Suzuki now has a faired and unfaired motorcycle in the 250cc segment, and the only model missing from this line up is a cruiser. Suzuki is said to be working on a 250cc cruiser based on the Intruder platform. The cruiser motorcycle is likely to resemble the Intruder 155 but will get a much more powerful 250cc engine borrowed from the Gixxer twins. This will make the Intruder 250 a great bet against the likes of the Bajaj Avenger 220 and the Royal enfield Thunderbird 250/500. We expect Suzuki to price the cruiser quite competitively, and sandwich it between the Avenger and Thunderbird. This would allow the bigger engined Suzuki Intruder to carve out a niche for itself.
Suzuki is not the only motorcycle maker to sell scaled down versions of superbikes. Like the Gixxer, Gixxer SF and the Intruder 155 are scaled down versions of bigger engined namesakes, Yamaha follows a similar approach with the likes of the R15 (scaled down version of the R1) and the MT15 (Scaled down version of the MT07). This approach capitalizes on the appeal of bigger engined bikes in a much smaller, economical package. By building big sub-brands and auras around certain superbikes, motorcycle makers are using the branding to bring in big volumes. In the coming years, expect more such small capacity motorcycles inspired by big superbikes.