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Suzuki has finally brought a full-faired small-displacement machine to the US market, announcing today the 2015 Suzuki GW250F. As the name implies, the Suzuki GW250F is really just the GW250, with full-fairing bodywork.

The move is perhaps the mother of necessity, as Suzuki doesn’t have a proper motorbike to go head-to-head with the Kawasaki Ninja 300, Honda CBR300R, or Yamaha YZF-R25.

With the small-displacement war well underway in the United States, Suzuki Motor America surely felt that something beyond just the Suzuki GW250 was needed, and hence the GW250F was born.

Available in only “Pearl Nebular” black, the 2015 Suzuki GW250F features a windscreen, headlight housing, and of course the full-fairing bodywork. Underneath all that is the same fuel-injected 248cc parallel-twin engine, with its six-speed gearbox, that is found on the GW250.

MSRP for the 2015 Suzuki GW250F is $4,499, making it slightly more expensive than the Honda CBR300R ($4,399), though considerably less than the now-higher-priced Kawasaki Nina 300 SE ($5,199).

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Technical Specifications of the 2015 Suzuki GW250F & GW250:

Engine Type: 4-stroke, 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC
Engine Displacement: 248 cc
Bore x Stroke: 53.5 mm x 55.2 mm
Fuel System: Suzuki Fuel Injection
Compression Ratio: 11.5 : 1
Ignition Type: Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Overall Length: 2145 mm (84.4 in.)
Overall Width: 760 mm (29.9 in.)
Overall Height: 1075 mm (42.3 in.)
Wheelbase: 1430 mm (56.3 in.)
Ground Clearance: 165 mm (6.4 in.)
Seat Height: 780 mm (30.7 in.)
Curb mass GW250: 183 kg (403 lbs.)
Curb mass GW250F: TBA
Suspension, Front: Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension, Rear: Swingarm type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes, Front: Disc
Brakes, Rear: Disc
Tires, Front: 110/80-17M/C 57H, tubeless
Tires, Rear: 140/70-17M/C 66H, tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity: 13.3 L (3.5 U.S. gal.)
Colors: GW250, Candy Cardinal Red / Pearl Nebular Black – GW250F, Pearl Nebular Black

Source: Suzuki

  • MrDefo

    I’m not sure this isn’t a case of too little, too late. The Kawasaki and Honda 300s already have a displacement advantage over this, the Yamaha looks like more of a proper racing bike, and I KTM ever delivers its small-displacement bike in the US then what makes this bike stand out?

  • TonyC

    It’s not just too little too late, it’s why bother. More expensive, less HP, too heavy, and looks like somebody scratched out a fairing the night before the project was due. Give me ONE single reason why a person would buy this bike over its competitor.

  • Singletrack

    @TonyC – Because the motorcycle shop nearest me is a Suzuki dealer and has one on the floor. How’s that for a reason?
    In reality, many buyers at this entry level know little about bikes, and won’t pour over spec sheets.
    It’s not unattractive, its not overtly aggressive or bug-like, it has two wheels and a 250 cc engine. Fine for many. Suzuki has a hole in their lineup, and has to fill it fast.

    So now that we’re a few years into this ‘small displacement war’ (maybe skirmish is a better word), what are the forecasts? Is it working? Are new riders flocking to these small bikes?

    I certainly hope so, because motorcycling will be dead, as will the gray hair riders, unless considerable masses of new customers join the two wheeled marketplace. I see lots of CBR250s and Ninja 250s running around my neck of the woods, so maybe it is working.

  • “It’s not unattractive, its not overtly aggressive or bug-like”

    Seriously? I think the fairing treatment is straight out of a manga. It is the very epitome of a robotic superhero’s helmet design. FUGLY.

  • Tedman1

    Four. Hundred. And. Three. Pounds….. Dry

    Wow

  • Not dry. That’s curb weight…but yeah.

  • singletrack

    A robotic superhero helmet-like bike doesn’t sound that bad ;)

  • MikeD

    It’s official . . . they are having the crappiest of years ! (-_-_)’

  • Singletrack

    Even crappier than the year they didn’t import half of their model lineup to North America? 2010 I believe it was.
    At least Suzuki are launching something new.

  • Xan

    Man that thing is ugly. It’s like some strange love child of a sport bike and touring bike. As others have said, there’s pretty much zero reason to buy this unless you (or the parents buying it for you) are Suzuki only types. To the guy that said “because the suzuki dealer is close and I am new so I don’t pour over stat sheets.” Who, aside from the wealthy just buying toys, makes any multi thousand dollar purchase on a whim?

    I researched the heck out of my first bike. At the very least it’s not tough to google “entry level sport bike comparison” which should knock this thing out of the running for most folks.

  • TonyC

    Singletrack – that’s the worst reason for anyone to make a big purchase. Who buys a particular bike just because the dealership is nearest. “Oh well, I guess I am getting this fugly Suzuki then… I am too lazy to drive another 20 minutes to the Honda dealer in the next town over.” “What? it’s $100 more expensive for a crappy bike?!?!… Screw it. I gotta have a bike and I gotta have it NOW. GIVE ME THIS SUZUKI NOW”

  • Earl Shives

    Yeah, so much better looking than that atrocity that BMW put out that all you ladies are complaining about.

  • para

    But its not a crappy bike, its actually a fairly decent ride. Reliable too. Yeah, not much of a looker, but anybody looking for a reliable, economical and unimposing ride should give this bike a try.
    And in some places vicinity of a dealership is not a matter of laziness. What about an extra hour to reach another dealer, esp if you choose a ride, that might actually give you grief later on (I am looking at all the Thai-built Hondas for instance).

  • Craig Brooks

    I’m sorry but for the $$ vs. the looks there are MUCH better buys out there unless S is giving away free NFL jersey’s or something.

    The bike might be ok, but there are MUCH better options; not the least of buying a used model with more at the same price.

    Again, it will work for some folks, but give me the Honda / Kawasaki or even a used Bandit before this weird looking thing.

  • TonyC

    You are right, Para. I shouldn’t say it’s a crappy bike. It’s probably a very good bike. It just falls short when compared head to head to its competitors. I realize I am a bit hard. I think I am just disappointed at Suzuaki and the products they keep churning out. Unless Suzuki has a very good kick-back/incentive program for the dealer, I just don’t see how they are able to push out the volume needed for this bike to be successful.

    I would hate to see the Suzuki motorcycle business in the US ended up like the car business…

  • KF

    Oh my God! This can’t be the same company that brought us the original GSXR-750 & Hayabusa. Where is the innovation? Suzuki is offering sub-par bikes, and the hole is getting deeper. I’ve seen scooters more exciting than this thing. If Suzuki is assuming that small displacement buyers don’t compare manufacturers’ offerings, they are sadly mistaken. Comparatively, this bike is not even in the same universe as a Ninja 300. Many buy small displacement bikes with the plan to move up the displacement food chain, but still want some excitement. This bike is a turd by comparison to any other manufacturer. Look at the KTM 390, the small displacement segment is hot right now. Suzuki is so deep in a hole and these bikes are sealing their coffin. The lack of a buying public will bury Suzuki. R.I.P.

  • meatspin

    i wonder if its bikes like this are the reason used bike prices have stayed pretty high.

  • p

    hideous

  • Mack Knife

    Hard to believe some of the comments. First of all, its a 250, not a race bike and it isn’t pretending to be a race bike either. Its a larger framed 250 that doesn’t make you hunch over like a chiropractic nightmare and your knees aren’t touching your ears.

    People do buy bikes because of where the nearest dealer is. Not everyone wrenches on their bikes and this class of bike has a lot of people who just ride weekends and don’t see the need to scream like banshies over a few HP or which bike has an extra 50ccs. As far as how it looks, some real ugly people ride real pretty bikes, so much for beauty in the eyes of the beholder. Here is the thing, some people will like it and if you don’t, by all means get something else.

    Suzuki is just rounding out its line to cover the starter or 2nd/3rd bike category. Not everyone runs around at the rev limiter trying to pretend they really have a hot bike when its clearly an entry level machine. Plenty of people just want a smaller engined bike that can head out on country roads, go on errands and even pack someone on the back once in a while. They might even be more mature than the kids who have to brag that they have a few extra HP that goes along with their insurance rates and tickets.

  • Mack Knife

    Someone gets it. :)