2024 Suzuki Gixxer 250 and Gixxer SF 250 (bike review)

Suzuki’s three-pronged assault on the learner rider market has reached fever pitch, with the Gixxer 250 and SF 250. The duo gives the Japanese brand a naked and full fairing sports bike to go with its baby V-Strom.

Styling for both offerings is sharp and modern, and will have a definite appeal to riders wanting a more contemporary learner motorcycle. The obvious difference is that the SF gets a fairing, lower handlebars and a different headlight.

There are other nice styling ques splattered across both models, including the LED headlight and brushed finished ten-spoke alloy wheels, which are highlighted by pin striping that matches the fairing decals in the case of the SF.

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Both test bikes came in Metallic Matte Stellar Blue, which looks pretty mint, although you can opt for Metallic Matte Black. The chrome around the exhaust helps set the colour off against mainly blacked out componentry.

2024 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250
2024 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Build quality is on point, especially considering the price. That said, some of the plastics look cheap, including the number plate holder assembly. In terms of ride, the seating position on the Gixxer 250 is more upright, and relaxed.

For a larger human like this writer, that probably makes it our pick, purely on rider ergonomics. No matter which one you choose though, all the controls are identical on both bikes, are uncluttered, and nice and easy to engage.

A clear TFT display shows rider information and is another nice touch on two very affordable bikes. The 2024 Suzuki Gixxer 250 is priced from $6,490 ride away, while the Gixxer SF 250 hits the road from $6,790 ride away.

Both models are propelled by a 249cc single cylinder powerplant that produces 19.8kW and 22.2Nm, just like their V-Strom sibling. The motor works well, is user friendly, and perfectly suited to learner riders.

2024 Suzuki Gixxer 250
2024 Suzuki Gixxer 250

A 6-speed gearbox is well matched and provides an easy-to-use, effortless platform for both variants. The clutch is light and makes changing gears, and moving away from stationary starts a breeze. Out on the open road, the bikes feel good too.

We took the opportunity to take them through some of our favourite testing tracks, with a great combination of tight corners, sweeping bends and some nice hill climbs. While both struggled up hill thanks to rider heft, it is an entry level 250cc motorcycle.

Handling and changing direction is where you’d expect it, while suspension is on the firm side, which is a little surprising. It’s more than adequate and up to task though, whether you’re out having some fun on the weekends, or carrying out the weekday commute.

Combined with a reasonably comfortable seat, the ride is not overly harsh and does manage to deliver an easy, predictable ride. We did notice there are grab handles for pillion passengers on the rear of both bikes, although perhaps not for anyone bigger than a child.

2024 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250
2024 Suzuki Gixxer SF 250

Braking is dependable, offering plenty of feel to pull up either of the lightweight learner bikes. A 300mm single disc setup features up front and both models also score ABS. Fuel economy is excellent, with both bikes getting over 300km out of the 12-litre tank.

Running weight is again a highlight, with the Gixxer 250 tipping the scales at 156kg, and the Gixxer SF 250 weighing in at 161kg. Add in a manageable seat height of 795mm and 800mm respectively, and it illustrates why these bikes should be attractive to new riders.

Backed by a 3-year unlimited kilometre warranty, both variants deliver a learner motorcycle that’s affordable, stylish, reliable and easy to ride. Suzuki Motorcycles Australia has set up separate web pages for each, which you can access by clicking on the bike name below.

You can also find out more about the 2024 Suzuki Gixxer 250 and SF 250 from your local dealership.

Our test bike was provided by Suzuki Motorcycles Australia for review purposes.

2024 Suzuki Gixxer 250
2024 Suzuki Gixxer 250

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Riding experience
7.75
Style and comfort
8
Braking and handling
7.25
Overall bike performance
7.5
Value for money
9

SUMMARY

Pros - great entry level bike; good price; excellent value.
Cons - limited colour choices; some plastics look cheap; firm suspension.
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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