Should Suzuki Motorycles India seriosuly consider bringing the GW250 to India..??
Just because one has the best ingredients..
..doesn’t always guarantee that the dinner would be served sumptuous
Suzuki Motorcycles India needs a flagship model for India. The GS150R has been the flag bearer for them for some time now. Before you mention "Hayabusa", let me tell that I am aware that the Hayabusa in on sale in India, but that’s an imported model for blokes with deep pockets.
I am coming more from the point of view of an aspiratinal model for the "great Indian middle class". Something like the R15 for Yamaha, Pulsar 220F for Bajaj, Karizma ZMR for Hero MotoCorp, CBR250R for Honda.
The humble 150cc GS150R isn’t exactly flagship material, not in 2011-12 India.
Just a couple of months back Suzuki did unveil a 250 cc, twin cylinder model at a Chinese auto show. Needless to say the desi auto blogs went into overdrive speculating/claiming that this was the next big Suzuki model for India. The bike’s name is GW250. It’s a made in China Suzuki model which has been on sale in that country for a few months now.
Now should Suzuki Motorcycle India seriously consider bringing the GW250 to India too?
Those who say YES
It’s a Liquid cooled, 250 cc
The GW250 produces a modest a 24.5 Ps of peak power and 22 Nm of peak torque from it’s liquid cooled engine. It means that even though the GW250 might not hold a candle to the 33 Ps, Kawasaki Ninja 250R, it should be almost at par with the Honda CBR250R in terms of power and torque.
It’s a twin
Compared to the Honda CBR250R which is a single cylinder thumper, the Suzuki GW250 has got an extra cylinder (and an extra silencer exhaust to make it obvious) as a selling point.
It’s got other goodies as well
The GW250R comes fully kitted with rear disc brakes, monoshock rear suspension, fuel injection and digital speedometer display.
Suzuki GW250 Specifications
Engine: 250 cc, Twin Cylinder, water-cooled, four-stroke
Maximum Power: 18.0 KW/24.47 Ps @ 8500 rpm
Length × width × height (mm): 2145 × 760 × 1075
Maximum torque: 22.0 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Ground clearance (mm): 165
Wheelbase (mm): 1430
Maximum load weight (kg): 183
Those why say, NO:
No full fairing, no buy
There are some full faired starved desi bikers who are ready to pay the premium just because a bike has a full fairing.
What’s beneath the full fairing, who cares? Got a half fairing? Would pay half the premium. The full fairing has been styled horrendously? Who cares?
It is 2011, what kind of styling is that?
No matter long long / hard I stare at the Suzuki GW250, I still can’t understand / appreciate the design flair. Agree the GW250 has a twin cylinder, liquid cooled, engine with fuel injection and monoshock. But just because one has the best ingredients doesn’t always guarantee that the dinner would be served sumptuous.
The styling inspiration for the GW250 is quite clearly from the B-King, the 1300 cc road bike from Suzuki.
Suzuki B King
But then I never understood what the B-king was about in the first place. The 1300 cc engine, and the bulky body work suggests brute performance, but somehow it doesn’t exactly work for me. But hey, that’s a purely personal opinion.
Suzuki B King
Should Suzuki bring the GW250 to India?
I am sure that since it’s a Suzuki, the engine and the gearbox of the GW250 will be a smooth affair. The 24.5 Ps power though not blazing for a desi biker next door like me, should be quite decent enough.
Agreed that the GW250 is a bit over weight with its 180 + Kgs of kerb weight, but it is the styling of the GW250 which I can’t appreciate. To me, how a bike is styled is equally important as how it performs on the road.
Suzuki has a very good engine platform in the GW250. Only if Suzuki India can get a bit more focus on the styling, cut the extra flab (remove that extra exhaust), and price the bike competitively at around Rs. 1.5 lakhs, they could have a worthy flagship product for "the great Indian middle class bikers".
- Suzuki GS150R: Ride Review [Mar 2011]
- Suzuki GS250R: Ownership Review by Nikhil [Mar 2010]
- Suzuki GSX-R 1000 & Bandit 1250S launched in India [Jun 2010]
- Suzuki Hayausa & Intruer M1800R launched in India [Nov 2008]
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