Suzuki Motorcycle India has just launched the Gixxer 250 SF fully faired sportsbike, and at the launch event, the Japanese motorcycle maker indicated that a naked version is in the works. The naked sportsbike based on the Gixxer 250 SF will be launched by the end of this year, and will be cheaper than the fully faired model, which is priced at Rs. 1.7 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi.
The naked sportsbike will also dump the full fairing, instead opting for extended tank scoops to give it a muscular look. The absence of the fairing will also mean that the Gixxer 250 will be lighter than the SF variant by a few kilograms. The headlamp will be new, and so will the colour schemes. Overall, the unfaired bike will look very sharp, and every bit the street fighter that it’s meant to be.
As for ergonomics, they will significantly change as well. The handlebar will be raised, giving the rider a more comfortable, street-biased stance. The footpegs are likely to be repositioned slightly as well. These changes are meant to make the motorcycle a comfortable ride for everyday traffic in city conditions. Of course, there will be people who will hit the highways with this motorcycle on the weekends, and for them, a tall fairing could be available as an accessory, either from Suzuki itself or from one of the many aftermarket accessory makers operating in India. The split seat layout will be retained on the unfaired Gixxer though. Notably, the Gixxer 155 is also expected to borrow styling from the unfaired 250cc version.
As for mechanicals, the 250cc, single cylinder air-oil cooled motor with 26 Bhp of peak power and 22.9 Nm of peak torque will be carried over from the fully faired motorcycle. This engine gets fuel injection, a four valve had and a single overhead camshaft. The exhaust is a unique, twin barreled design that have become a staple across most Suzuki motorcycles, including ones operating in the commuter segments. Twin channel ABS will be standard on the disc brakes while alloy wheels, tubeless tyres, a full LCD instrument cluster, telescopic front forks and a monoshock rear shock absorber will be the other key bits on this motorcycle.
The unfaired version of the Gixxer 250 will rival the likes of the KTM Duke 250 and the Yamaha Fazer 250. It’s likely to be priced in between these motorcycles. We expect a price tag of around Rs. 1.55 lakhs for the brand new Suzuki motorcycle. Suzuki will be expecting it to sell as well as the Gixxer 250 SF or even better as the unfaired bike is more practical for everyday riding in Indian conditions. The motorcycle will be a global model, selling in India and many other markets around the world. Possibly, Suzuki could even use India as an export hub for both the Gixxer 250 and SF variants.