2018 Suzuki GSX250R Review

New for its 2018 version year, Suzuki has launched its quarter-liter sportbike, the GSX250R. Some can state Suzuki is somewhat late to the match and ask: Why not a 300? Suzuki repetitions tiptoed across that elephant in the room and so were quick to mention functionality is not the major selling point using 250cc bikes, even to the point of not supplying horsepower or torque amounts. They insisted cost, style, practicality, and simplicity of possession are where clients are making choices when buying these bicycles.

2018 Suzuki GSX250R Review
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In the GSX-R-derived headlight and taillight into the sweeping aerodynamic lines of this fairings, the small Suzuki conveys styling reminiscent of a far larger and more expensive motorcycle. The 17-inch, 10-spoke rims look excellent, along with the LCD screen makes the GSX250R sense a step before the course concerning finish detailing.

The GSX250R was described as belonging to the Katana lineage of bikes with regards to what the bicycle means to Suzuki. Katana later evolved into a line of functional, performance-oriented bikes that operate well in many environments, and that is how Suzuki desires this new GSX to be seen.

Pulling out of its Katana legacy, Suzuki desired the brand new 250 to have this feeling of practicality and game that would interest a huge customer base. Together with the 248cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin engine tuned to provide electricity from the low to mid century, it does a decent job around town and via jaunts from the canyons.

In the city, the bike pulls fast via its very first equipment, and after in minute, the GSX250R's gearing is spaced comfortably apart to create riding around city hassle-free without having to change continuously. The transmission feels exact albeit creating a somewhat loud clunk when dropped in to original.

The wheels are adequate if awarded a firm squeeze, but passengers are going to want to utilize both front and back brakes to find the complete stopping potential.

2018 Suzuki GSX250R Review
The GSX250R is powered by a 248cc liquid-cooled parallel-Twin previously seen in the GW250 which produced 19.2 hp and 13.7 lb-ft. This new iteration has some updates that Suzuki claims changes the power characteristic of the engine. [www.motorcycle.com]

People who've had retained eye on Suzuki's smaller bikes may observe the motor is quite like what was used from the GW250. You'd be totally accurate. Based on Suzuki officials there are 3 chief changes from the motor located at the GW250: the accession of roller rocker arms onto the camshaft to reduce friction and increase the rev ceiling, a unique end on the combustion chamber allowing for greater oil retention and greater sealing (that Suzuki asserts should allow for greater electricity), along with the valve stems are currently waisted allowing more flow to the combustion chamber. With each of these modifications, the motor generates power well spread across its rev range.

The GSX250R handles nicely, even though the front suspension is quite flaccid. The softness up front paired with a stiffer shock at the trunk can cause the chassis to feel restless when taking pace through twisty streets which are not perfectly smooth. Even though the suspension lacks while riding harshly, it makes it up in its own commuting skills, maintaining the rider comfy when soaking up bumps without becoming overly harsh.

Around town, the seating position and 31.1-inch seat height provide all-day comfort and are confidence inspiring for riders of all sizes. There were no complaints from riders of varying height on our press ride.

If you end up needing to devote much time on the freeway, but you might not wish to get it done on this bike. At 65 miles with my 160-pound framework, engine revs were correct across 8,000 rpm. Push that a bit higher to match with the 80-mph freeway rate of visitors in L.A., and the motor was turning near 10,000 rpm, only 500 revs bashful of the signaled redline. Wind protection is not great, however, the slots around the windshield perform a great job of reducing buffeting at speed.
2018 Suzuki GSX250R Specifications 
Engine Type 248cc Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, parallel-twin
Bore x Stroke 53.5 x 55.2 mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injected
Lubrication Wet sump
Transmission Constant mesh; 6-speed transmission
Final Drive Chain
Suspension / Front KYB Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped; 4.5 in of travel
Suspension / Rear KYB Single shock, coil spring, oil damped 4.9 in of travel
Brakes Front Single disc, Nissin 2-piston caliper
Brakes / Rear Single-disc, Nissin 1-piston caliper
Tires / Front 110/80-17M/C 57H
Tires Rear 140/55-17M/C 66H
L x W x H 82.1 x 29.1 x 43.7 in
Seat Height 31.1 in
Wheelbase 56.3 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 25.6°
Trail 4.1 in
Fuel Capacity 4.0 gal
Fuel Economy 76 (claimed)
Wet Weight 392.4 lb
Warranty 12-month, unlimited mileage, limited warranty
MSRP $4,499

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