Suzuki are turning up the heat in the learner segment with the introduction of two new 250cc motorcycles. The GIXXER 250 takes its place in the local line-up alongside the fully faired GIXXER SF 250 sports bike, to form a potent two-pronged strike.
The quarter-litre street bikes heralds Suzuki’s features agile and nimble handling, is light weight, and has a low seat height. It features dual-channel ABS for extra reassurance in all conditions.
They join the recently released V-STROM 250SX adventure touring motorcycle, which shares the same motor, frame and engineering. The 4-stroke GIXXER 250 also sports styling cues from Suzuki’s stable of cult motorcycles, including the GSX-R and Hayabusa.
Highlights include a twin-outlet exhaust with chrome caps, brushed-finish alloy wheels, a rear tyre hugger and an easy-to-read digital console. An oil cooling system is incorporated into the 249cc single-cylinder engine, delivering 19.8kW of power and 22.2Nm of torque.
It’s a flexible and smooth, user-friendly powerplant that has just the right temperament in start-stop traffic. There’s also a broad spread of ratios with the six-speed transmission, while the front brake calliper grips a massive 300mm disc for strong, effective stopping.
The low 800mm seat height, narrow waist and generous 1345mm wheelbase also add to the GIXXER 250’s urban stocks, and the 41mm front fork combines excellent damping qualities.
The wide 150-section 17-inch rear tyre also ensures ample contact patch with the road surface – as well as the poise to take on twisty roads when commuting, or when city riding morphs into weekend fun.
Pillions can also join in on the action thanks to an expansive seat and grab rail. Total weight sits at 156kg for the GIXXER 250, or 161kg for the GIXXER SF 250. A raft of accessories will also be offered at launch.
The range will go on sale in Australia from November 2023, with the GIXXER 250 priced at $6,490 ride away. It will be available in Matte Blue or Matte Black, while the SF 250 (which comes in the same colours), will be available for $6,790 ride away.
Both models get Suzuki’s 3-year warranty (providing the vehicle is maintained and serviced correctly). Both bikes can be pre-ordered at suzukimotorcycles.com.au or via an authorised Suzuki Motorcycles dealership.