Suzuki Motorcycles has had quite a successful stint in India. The have been selling two wheelers in India for some time now. They range from scooters to internationally acclaimed performance motorcycles. While Suzuki scooters have been grabbing market share to an extent, the same cannot be said for their motorcycles. The Gixxer endeavoured to change that and was successful in creating quite a buzz, when launched in 2014, followed by the Gixxer SF in 2015. Now Suzuki has updated its best seller with a rear disc brake. We ride the Suzuki Gixxer SF with rear disc brake and tell you whether its worth it.
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Suzuki Gixxer SF Design
The SF is a full fairing version of the Gixxer and there is difference between the two ends. Rest of the bike is no different from its naked version, except for the exhaust tip of the SF having two ports. The Gixxer SF becomes the cheapest full fairing motorcycle to be sold in India, currently. The rear disc brake edition gets new graphics as well. The bike is neatly crafted and even with the fairing, it doesn’t seem overdone. The fuel tank though is over sculpted, looks better on the SF than on the naked version. The fairing fits neatly, in fact, the headlamp is same as the Gixxer, something that is not noticed easily.
Switchgear quality is good, as is the overall fit n finish on the bike. Overall the Gixxer SF has a very light and nimble stance, which adds to its sportiness, with near perfect dimensions. The coloured strip on the lips of the alloy wheels adds character and also the red stitching on the seat is a smart touch. A very contemporary looking motorcycle, this is.
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Suzuki Gixxer SF Engine
The SF has the same 155cc carburetor engine of the Gixxer , producing 14.3bhp and 14Nm torque. These are still the highest figures for the 150cc carburetor engine-powered motorcycles. The SF weighs 139kgs, which is just about 4kgs more than the Gixxer. This means that there is hardly any difference in performance. Just like the Gixxer, the SF too accelerates smoothly. Its light weight helps the bike deliver good punch initially and carry it upto the mid range too. The bike feels at ease cruising at around 70 km/hr and a twist of the throttle finds enough grunt to overtake too. I would have preferred a different seating stance in the SF, but sadly it carries the same straighter angle of the Gixxer as the handlebars remain the same. A lower handle bar or clip-ons would have certainly gone with the character of the bike. The top speed of this bike is about 115 km/hr.
Suzuki Gixxer SF Mileage
The Suzuki Gixxer SF returns about 35 km/l in the city and on the highway it is about 45 km/l. This makes it a good option to consider for those who are looking to ride the bike on a daily basis.
Suzuki Gixxxer SF Mileage
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Suzuki Gixxer SF Ride and Handling
The Suzuki Gixxer SF is a good handler and changes directions with ease. It offers a good mix of relaxed as well as enthusiastic riding, leaning into corners. In short, it is an impressive all rounder. Now, as the Gixxer SF is also offered with rear disc brakes it helps in fade-free braking. Frankly, the bike we rode was a brand new one with with barely 5kms on the odometer. Hence, the brake pads had not set in perfectly. However the braking will surely become better as the bike clocks some more kms. The rear disc brake is a welcome addition and helps in the overall braking prowess. The suspension does a good job to soak up everyday potholes and bad roads. The front gets a telescopic suspension whereas the rear monoshock suspension is a seven step adjustable one.
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Suzuki Gixxer SF Colours
The Gixxer SF is now available in three colour options – Pearl Mirage White, Glass Sparkle Black and Metallic Triton Blue. While the White and Black colours are good, it is the Blue one that takes the cake. It is very appealing and also has special graphics that look very sporty and are neatly done. You will have to shell out INR 2000 extra for this colour, but it is worth it. The bike just looks so much better! There is also a special edition Gixxer SF SP which comes in Matte Grey colour.
Suzuki Gixxer SF Price
The Gixxer SF costs INR 97,000 (0n-road, Pune) for the rear disc brake version. If you are a fan of full fairing bikes, the least expensive one you can get is without the rear disc brake which costs INR 95000 (on-road, Pune). And with that Triton Blue colour on offer, it is irresistible and looks better now with the new graphics.
Suzuki Gixxer SF Dimensions
Suzuki Gixxer SF Dimensions
|Ground Clearance||160 mm|
|Kerb Weight||139 kg|
|Fuel Tank||12 litre|