The Japanese company’s proper foray into the current small-displacement sport bike market, the Suzuki GSX-R250 has been rumored for some time, but never before seen. Until now.
We should point out that the true displacement of this machine is still unknown, and Suzuki would be wise to actually bring a machine that has more punch than 250cc – as the current market trend sees 300cc bikes and larger winning at the dealership.
From the photos, we can see that Suzuki is using traditional style forks, instead of upside down units like we recently saw on the Honda CBR250RR. Still, traditional forks are pervasive in this space, and honestly, to be expected from the Japanese brand.
The styling on the Suzuki GSX-R250 is of course modeled after the upcoming Suzuki GSX-R1000, which should be available at dealerships later this fall.
Our analysis of the photos here suggests that the Suzuki GSX-R250 won’t share an engine with the Suzuki GW250 Inazuma, as has been reported elsewhere, as the crankcase covers do not appear to match.
This bodes well, considered what a dog the GW250 engine is for street riding. However, we should caution against expecting big performance figures from the Suzuki.
Expectations are that this baby GSX-R will be on par with the Honda CBR250R in terms of performance, and not on the same level as the Honda CBR250RR or KTM RC390. Time will tell, of course.
Source: Australian Motorcycle News