Suzuki has confirmed that it is working on a naked version of the Gixxer SF 250 for India. The naked bike, which will definitely share its engine, chassis and other equipment with the recently-launched SF 250, is expected to make its debut, in the next few months, along with a similarly-styled updated Gixxer 150.
While the details regarding how Suzuki will style this bike are still unconfirmed, there is a possibility the company will draw inspiration from its international-spec, entry-level naked offering, the GSX-S125. The new naked bike for India is likely to get the unique bulbous headlight similar to that on the GSX-S125, other body parts – the front fender, tank and potentially, the entire rear-end – will be borrowed from the Gixxer SF 250. This will help the Japanese manufacturer cut costs. Other styling elements like the gold-coloured finish on the engine casing and chrome-tipped double barrel exhaust will also be shared.
The upcoming Gixxer will be powered by the SF’s 249cc, single-cylinder, SOHC oil-cooled engine that makes 26.5hp at 9,000rpm and 22.6Nm of torque at 7,500rpm. Despite using fuel-injection instead of a carburettor, power figures could drop slightly as a by-product of the modifications made to meet BS6 regulations. The gearbox will continue to be the same 6-speed unit from the SF 250. Suspension and braking hardware will definitely remain the same as well. What is expected to change is the kerb weight – the figure is expected to drop from the fully-faired bike’s 161kg.
Suzuki will most likely price the upcoming naked Gixxer 250 quite a bit lower than the SF. The naked motorcycle is expected to be priced at around Rs 1.55-1.60 lakh, where it would face competition from the Yamaha FZ25 (Rs 1.34 lakh), Bajaj Dominar 400 (Rs 1.74 lakh) and the Duke 200 (Rs 1.62 lakh).
All prices, ex-showroom, Delhi
2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 launched at Rs 1.71 lakh
2019 Suzuki Gixxer SF 150 launched at Rs 1.10 lakh
Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 image gallery
Suzuki Gixxer SF 150 image gallery