We got our hands on Suzuki’s first stab at the quarter-litre segment in India, the Gixxer 250 and here’s what we think about it.
Suzuki Gixxer 250 (Image source: Anirudh Sunilkumar/News18.com)
Suzuki’s entrance into the Indian quarter-litre segment was totally worth the wait. We inferred the same after a day at the Buddh International Circuit where we spent plenty of time with both the SF 250 and its younger sibling SF 150. But with our agonizing traffic and terrible roads, the whole supersport faired bike vibe does not resonate with everyone. Hence, Suzuki came out with a street naked version of the same bike in order to fit the bill, the Gixxer 250.
First off, how much does the bike differ from its faired sibling? The Gixxer 250 comes with a regular handlebar, unlike the clip-ons on the SF 250. Which means you manoeuvre the bike better without that much of a committed posture. The wheelbase is shortened by 5mm. Which makes the bike all the more agile in traffic. Also, with the fairing and its associated knick-knacks off the table, the Gixxer 250 sheds around 5kg than the SF version.