Suzuki Gixxer SF race bike review, test ride

    We’ve made a quick dash to the Kari Motor Speedway, Coimbatore for an action packed track-day riding Suzuki’s Gixxer SF race bike.

    Published on Jun 08, 2015 03:23:00 PM


    Perhaps the best of all the new bits on the race Gixxer SF are its soft, race compound, radial tubeless tyres from MRF. I’m a couple of laps into the test, comfortable now in a tight tuck behind the bump of the SF’s dinky visor, belting down the straight with the bike nudging a true 125kph, struggling to sight the last of the brake markers, where I’ve been jumping on the brakes, these box-stock units just the same as on the street bike. I left braking to the very last fraction, even after the 50m marker on occasion, despite which the ultra-sticky MRF’s and race SF simply worked brilliantly as a package, doing nothing other than simply stopping, no drama, no wallowing, no shimmying at the rear, nothing! And this was no fluke, for I spent a good hour out on the track, and it stayed a constant lap-after-lap.

    Apart from its new-found lightness thanks to losing flab in key areas, the SF’s riding position now suits a race bike, new alloy footpegs shifting backwards, and the bike front end dropping 20mm down on its forks, with true clip-on bars now in place. You can see the Gixxer SF has lost its headlight, and a new cowl covers the rear seat. The Gixxer Cup SF makes a reasonably attractive looking race machine, although there’s room for improvement when seen from the rear, where the tail fairing is much too bulbous.

    A salute to the stock Gixxer SF, the race bike remains in pretty close to stock trim, the engine virtually untouched save for a new primary gear ratio, the front sprocket now one tooth up, a freer air-filter and free-flow exhaust bolted on, thanks to which there’s a loud, race typical tone.


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