Suzuki has launched it’s second-generation BS 6 Gixxer SF 250 for the Indian market. The new BS6 compliant engine is now more refined & tweaked for better fuel combustion, emitting less pollution. But that also means that the new BS6 engine now produces less power & torque, compared to the first generation BS4 engine. Powered by a single-cylinder, quarter-liter engine. With negative LCD screen & bright LED headlights, clip-on handlebars, full faired body panels, new brush finished diamond-cut alloy wheels. Overall the mechanical components are majorly the same as its predecessor.
What is SEP?
Along with the new BS6 engine, Gixxer SF 250 also surprises the biking community with its SEP technology. This stands for ‘Suzuki Eco Performance’ technology. This in-house developed & patented system comes with 6 different sensors. Such as O2 sensor, intake air pressure sensor, intake air temperature sensor, throttle position sensor, engine temperature sensor, and crankshaft position sensor. All integrated in a manner, to deliver better fuel & air combustion. Resulting in more refined throttle response & power delivery at the wheels.
Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 Price
Starting from a Price of Rs 1.72 lakhs for the base variant, whereas the top variant price starts from Rs 1.9 lakhs Ex-showroom. Suzuki has offered a new Gixxer with 2 variants (Standard & MotoGP edition) & 2 color options. Named as Metallic matte black & metallic triton blue.
Engine & Transmission Specs
Power comes from a BS 6 compliant 249 ccs single-cylinder, oil-cooled, 4- valve, SOHC engine. That cranks out an impressive 26.13 bhp of power @ 9300 rpm, & a hefty 22.2 Nm of torque @ 7300 RPM. Clutch can be seen as a wet-type multi-plate clutch paired with 6-speed manual transmission via chain drive. At the display, you also get a gear selection indicator.
It’s no longer a hidden secret that to make new engines road legal or BS 6 ready, companies need to perform some engine tweaks & critical fine-tuning. In return, we get an engine that is more pollution-free, but lesser in peak power & torque output. For comparison, the BS4 Gixxer SF 250, produces 26.5 bhp of power @ 9000 rpm, & 22.6 Nm of peak torque @ 7500 rpm.
With a top speed of 150+Kmph, Gixxer SF 250 delivers a decent fuel economy of 39 km (ARAI). Having a fuel tank capacity of 12 liters, you can expect to have a range of 420 km on a full tank.
Brakes, Wheels & Suspensions
To safely stop the new Gixxer SF 250, comes with dual-channel ABS, with front disc rotors of 300 mm & 220 mm disc rotors at the rear. Calipers are provided with 2 pistons at the front & 1 piston at the rear.
Equipped with brush finished diamond cut 17” alloy wheels on both front & rear. Wheels are paired with 110/70R17 radial tires upfront & 150/60R17 radial tires at the rear.
Suspension work is carried out by 41mm telescopic forks at the front & at the rear, a swingarm-mounted monoshock is provided.
Body & Chassis Dimensions
On the exterior side, if you compare the BS4 & BS6 models side by side. It’s almost hard to notice any major changes in the body.
Weighing at around 160ks of curb weight. With 165 mm of ground clearance & 800 mm of seat height. The Gixxer SF 250 comes with a diamond-type chassis.
All that data & spec sheets only tell the half story, so take a test ride to fully understand the riding ergonomics. As far as the visual appearance is concerned Gixxer SF 250 is unchanged from an exterior point of view. Thus looks identical to the BS4 model. The riding posture is not too different as well. You won’t have to lean much toward the front as the clip-on handlebars are well set up right from the factory. The footpegs are little shifted to the back, to match with its sporty DNA.
The suspension does their job quite well, too. Though it could have been more comfortable if they were a little softer, particularly, from a daily commuting rider’s perspective. The seats are a bit stiff. The pillion seat is a little short, still manageable. The front windscreen only serves as a design aesthetic, & has little to no practical advantage while riding.
The overall fit & finish of the parts & components are pretty well (basically unchanged from BS4). The new BS6 compliant engine feels less noisy, still maintaining the same old grunt. The bass note from the BS4 version is now gone, unfortunately.
Pros & Cons of Suzuki Gixxer SF 250
Pros – Coming from a Japanese Indian wing, Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 is a bike that performs well on both papers as well as on-road. Nice & comfortable riding, simple to use & maintain. An everyday machine with enough muscle for a track day, ready for deployment. In short, it was a good bike now crafted to be better.
Cons – Talking about the cons of Gixxer SF 250, being at such a high price there are a few missing features. Like DRLs, LED turn indicators, side stand deploy-engine kill feature. Other than that, a slipper clutch & up-side-down front forks felt missing at this pricing.