Saturday, November 19, 2016

2017 Suzuki GSX250R unveiled, looks a bit dated, ordinary, boring...

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It seems that Suzuki didn't take the Honda CBR250RR into account while designing the 2017 GSX250R, which looks about 5-6 years old already. It's just not exciting enough

Finally staking their claim in the quarter-litre sportsbike class, Suzuki recently unveiled the 2017 GSX250R at the EICMA, in Milan. The bike is powered by a Euro 4-compliant 248cc parallel-twin that produces 25bhp and 23Nm of torque, while the bike itself weighs 181 kilos (kerb weight). According to Suzuki, the engine has been optimised for low- and mid-range torque and delivers a class-leading 32.5kpl in terms of fuel economy, which means the baby-GSX-R can be ridden for up to 480km on one full tank of fuel.

The Suzuki GSX250R delivers its best performance between 20-90kph, which Suzuki claim is the range that's used most often by most riders. The bike's lightweight two-into-one exhaust system has been designed for maximum efficiency and reduced emissions, while still producing "a pleasing sound." The GSX250R gets a multi-function LCD instrument panel, LED taillamp, Bosch ABS, KYB suspension components, 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels, clip-on handlebars and a riding position that's sporty, without being too extreme or track-oriented.

When it reaches Suzuki showrooms next year, the GSX250R will be available in white, black and blue colours. We think the bike looks a bit ordinary, though. If Suzuki took so much time entering the hotly-contested 250cc sportsbike segment, they should have produced a stunning, cutting-edge machine that blew everyone away. There's competition like Honda's mind-blowing CBR250RR, Yamaha R3, TVS Akula 310 and KTM RC200/390, all of which make the GSX250R look a bit dated and boring. Sorry, Suzuki, this one just doesn't work for us...

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