It has been a month now since Suzuki showcased their BS6 lineup at the Auto Expo. There is still no sign of the launch of the Suzuki’s BS6 lineup. Well, the Suzuki fanboys should keep some more patience because the launch will be before the April 1st of 2020. It is expected within two weeks from now. Let’s see what all changes the Suzuki Gixxer 250 twins will possess while arriving at the showrooms.
When the Suzuki Gixxer 250 and the SF 250 were in the development stage, the manufacturer has kept the BS6 norms in the mind. The Gixxer 250 and SF were already very close to the BS6 norms, as both the motorcycles were already fuel-injected. The bike consists of 249 cc oil-cooled, single-cylinder engine. The BS6 version produces 26.5 bhp at 9,300 rpm and 22.2 Nm at 7,300 rpm. When compared with the predecessor, the power is identical but comes 300 rpm later. The torque, however, has a seen a slight drop but is generated 200 rpm earlier. The engine is mated with the 6-speed gearbox.
The hardware bits of the BS6 are similar to the BS4 and no changes have been made. It continues to get 150-section rear tyre. The suspension duty is managed by the telescopic coil spring suspension at front and swing arm type mono-suspension at the rear. The Gixxer 250 gets a single piece handlebar, whereas the SF 250 gets clip-on handlebar.
Suzuki Gixxer twins will retain the features from the current BS4 model. The twins are loaded with various upmarket features. Both the motorcycles get the LED headlamp and taillamp unit. The instrument cluster is a negative display LED unit. The safety features include the dual-channel ABS as a standard. The exhaust has two mufflers, which looks absolutely delightful.
The Gixxer 250 and SF comes in two different motorcycle genre. The Gixxer SF 250 is a faired motorcycle while Gixxer 250 naked street-fighter. The wheelbase of both bikes is different and consist of different riding posture. The faired version is more of a highway commuter whereas the naked version is built to tackle the urban jungle. The Gixxer 250 weights 5 Kg’s lesser than the SF due to lack of fairing. The ground clearance remains the same for both the bikes at 165 mm. Even the seat height remains the same at 800 mm. The tank design is similar on both the bikes, which is aggressive and striking.
The pricing is expected to have a hike about Rs 3,000 to Rs 5,000 over the predecessor. For reference the current BS$ model of Gixxer 250 costs Rs 1.6 lakhs(ex-showroom) while the SF 250 costs around Rs 1.7 lakhs(ex-showroom). The twins compete against other 250 cc bikes both faired and naked. The naked version will be competing against FZ 25, KTM Duke 250 and upcoming Dominar 250. While the faired version will compete against Fazer 250, Honda CBR 250R and KTM RC 250.