2015 Suzuki GSR250F, the Heavyweight Small-Displacement Bike

2015 Suzuki GSR250F 2 photos
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2015 Suzuki GSR250F
Suzuki reveals their new 2015 GSR250F quarter-liter machine, a commuter which is so far sold in Japan, but which also has decent chances to make it in the western market. Its styling is a rather questionable issue, and for some reason it looks like it was designed to meet the requirements of the Japanese youth more than those of a worldwide market.
The bike is not exactly a new contraption, as it is basically the faired version of the GSR250S, which is in turn pretty similar to the GW250 Inazuma. The F suffix introduces a full fairing for a sport bike look, but the overall attire is somehow… old. It definitely lacks the aggressive lines of modern machines, such as the small Ninjas, CBR300R or those of the racey quarter-liter Yamaha R25.

We know that the Japanese have a thing for exhausts, and local regulations have managed to wreck the looks of really cool Ducati and MV Agusta machines, and we kind of expected Suzuki to be able to make ends meet with a compliant silencer which would look sporty. Alas, this one looks flat, boringly commuter-ish and frankly, does nothing to make the GSR250F look cool.

The 248cc liquid-cooled parallel twin engine was untouched, and it produces 24 hp, with a peak torque of 21.7Nm (16 lb-ft). Now, these figures would probably make one happy if only we’d have to deal with a bike whose weight is consistent with its displacement or class. Unfortunately, the 2015 GSR250F is not such a bike, as it tips the scales at a whopping 189 kg (417 lb) wet, nulling much of the fun riders might have otherwise had aboard it.

In comparison, the new Honda CBR300R is just under the 162 kg (357 lb, wet) mark. All of a sudden, we no longer see a bright future for the 2015 Suzuki GSR250F in the western markets, not unless it arrives with a really low price, so low that it would put all the alternatives to shame from this point of view. Because that’s about all there could be to the 2015 GSR250F, unfortunately.
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