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2018 Suzuki GSX250R
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2018 Suzuki GSX250R
2018 Suzuki GSX250R

2018 Suzuki GSX250R
2018 Suzuki GSX250R

2018 Suzuki GSX250R
2018 Suzuki GSX250R

2018 Suzuki GSX250R
2018 Suzuki GSX250R



2018 Suzuki GSX250R Review

2018 Suzuki GSX250R on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

THE URBAN SPORTBIKE...

Introducing the new GSX250R - a fully faired street machine that brings the excitement and riding satisfaction of Suzuki’s Katana sport bike heritage to a broader audience. Built to deliver the Katana’s unique spirit to a new generation of riders, this sportbike has smart performance, engaging styling, and comfort features that will appeal to a broad base of enthusiasts.

This approachable street-sport bike features a proven, twin-cylinder, fuel-injected engine wrapped in stylish full-fairing bodywork. With responsive yet easy-to-control performance, exceptional fuel efficiency, nimble handling, and a comfortable riding position, the GSX250R is equally at home on the daily commute as it is on extended outings.

A low seat height, slim fuel tank and overall light weight makes the new GSX250R an exciting and unintimidating ride. Ten-spoke aluminum wheels and tuned KYB suspension keep the bike nimble and responsive for city streets as well as open roads. With a four-gallon fuel tank and highly efficient powerplant, the GSX250R has a riding range of well over 250 miles.

This new model adds to Suzuki’s unrivaled selection of small displacement motorcycles created specifically to appeal to a variety of riders. From the terrific new VanVan 200, the sporty-standard GW250, the classic looking TU250X, and now the GSX250R, Suzuki provides an assortment of sensible, accessible models to choose from.

Featuring sporty good looks, responsive yet easy-to-control performance with a broad power band, nimble handling, class leading fuel efficiency and a comfortable riding position; the GSX250R is equally at home on the daily commute as it is when touring for long distances. Each aspect related to performance is optimized to fully tap the bike’s potential and deliver pure delight, whether riding in town or heading out on a long touring run.

Introducing the GSX250R a sports machine that brings the excitement and riding satisfaction of Suzuki’s sport bike heritage to a broader audience. Featuring sporty good looks, responsive yet easy-to-control performance, nimble handling, and a comfortable riding position, the GSX250R is equally at home on the daily commute as it is when out on weekend rides for fun. Featuring positive response, a broad power band, ease of control and a class-leading level of fuel efficiency, the performance realised by the GSX250R goes beyond what one would normally expect from a 250cc motorcycle. Each aspect of its performance is optimised to fully exploit the bike’s potential and deliver pure riding pleasure, whether riding in town or heading out on a long countryside run.





2018 Suzuki GSX250R www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

GSX Engine

The 248cc parallel twin engine that powers the GSX250R has undergone thorough analysis and optimisation to maximise low- to mid-range torque and provide a powerful ride that features ease of control. The overall efficiency achieved also helps realise class-leading levels of fuel economy*1 and clean performance. With a full tank of fuel, the GSX250R has a riding range of approximately 298 miles*2. The cam profile for the GSX250R delivers maximum acceleration performance at speeds between 12 mph to 55 mph, as this is the range that is used most often. As an additional benefit, the cam profile also suppresses noise generation to deliver a smoother, more pleasant ride.

Highly efficient, lightweight exhaust system

The two-into-one exhaust system for the GSX250R features an optimised shape for the chamber in front of the catalyser. This maximises acceleration performance at mid-range speeds, while the efficiency of the system also reduces exhaust emissions. The silencer adopts a shape that contributes to better engine output and torque by reducing power loss. It delivers a pleasing sound while its design also contributes to better cornering.

Designed to Perform

The sporty flair of newly designed 10-spoke wheels pairs with tyres that provide strong grip on the road. Stopping power is provided by petal-type front and rear disc brakes. An Antilock Brake System (ABS)*3 made by Bosch is also equipped to deliver yet greater confidence and control.

Sports Handlebars and KYB Suspension

The relatively low mounting point of the clip-on left and right handlebars is sporty, but at the same time designed to provide a comfortable riding position that is capable around town or on longer rides. Front and rear KYB suspension with custom settings contributes to weight reduction and retains reassuring handling characteristics, while at the same time adding a sporty feel.

Distinctive Design

Enhancing the sporty, aggressive look and futuristic flair of the GSX250R are newly designed surface-emitting LEDs employed by the position lamps up front and the taillight in the rear. Their smooth edge-to-edge illumination and the chevron-like shape that flanks the headlight create a truly distinctive and highly appealing lighting.

Full LCD instrumentation

The GSX250R features a reverse-lit LCD instrument panel. Readouts include the speedometer, tachometer, gear position and RPM indicator, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, average fuel consumption and oil change timing indicators, and a clock.

*1 4-stroke 2-cylinder 250cc class (As of October 2016).

*2 Calculated based on the Worldwide Motorcycle Test Cycle (WMTC mode) exhaust emissions measuring conditions measured by Suzuki. Actual fuel economy and riding range may differ owing to differences in conditions such as the weather, road, rider behaviour and maintenance.

*3 ABS is not designed to shorten the braking distance. ABS cannot prevent wheel skidding caused by braking while cornering. Please drive carefully and do not overly rely on ABS.


Introduction

Suzuki is proud to introduce the new GSX250R/ABS as a fully faired street machine that brings the excitement and riding satisfaction of Suzuki's sport bike heritage to a broader audience. Featuring sporty good looks, responsive yet easy-to-control performance, nimble handling, and a comfortable riding position, the GSX250R/ABS is equally at home on the daily commute as it is when touring for long distances.

The new GSX250R/ABS is a perfect choice for a wide range of riders. That includes those who are looking to buy their first sporty street bike, or who are returning to the world of two-wheeled riding pleasure later in life.

Product Concept
-The product concept for the GSX250R/ABS is; "A sport bike that is equally adept at daily riding and touring"

Major features of the GSX250R/ABS;
Performance:
Engine optimized to maximize low- to mid-range torque
New intake valve - Optimize airflow into the combustion chamber
Equipped with IRC RX-01F D and RX-01R tires
Complies with EURO 4 emission regulations
Class-leading level of fuel efficiency (32.5km/L *1 *2)

Styling:
New reverse-lit full-LCD instrument panel
New surface-emitting LED tail lights
Turn signals adopt clear lenses
Petal-type brake discs
Newly designed 10-spoke wheels
*1: 4-stroke 2-cylinder 250cm3 class (As of October 2016)
*2: Calculated based on the Worldwide Motorcycle Test Cycle (WMTC) mode exhaust emissions measuring conditions. Actual fuel economy and riding range may differ owing to differences in conditions such as the weather, road, rider behavior and maintenance.

Engine Performance and Utility
-Engine design - outline
The 248cm3 parallel-twin engine that powers the GSX250R/ABS underwent thorough analysis and optimization to maximize low- to mid-range torque and provide a powerful ride that features ease of control. The overall efficiency achieved also helps realize class-leading level of fuel economy*1 and clean performance that satisfies the stringent Euro 4 emission regulations. With a full tank of gasoline, the GSX250R/ABS has a riding range of approximately 480km*2.
Displacement 248 cm3
Bore x Stroke 53.5mm x 55.2mm
Compression 11.5 : 1
Maximum power 18.4kW/8,000rpm *3
Maximum torque 23.4Nm/6,500rpm *3
Emission level Euro 4
*3: For European spec.

ENGINE DESIGN GSX250R/ABS
-Camshaft
The cam profile for the GSX250R/ABS delivers maximum acceleration performance at speeds between 20km/h to 90km/h, as this is the range that is used most often. As an additional benefit, the cam profile also suppresses noise generation to deliver a smoother, more pleasant ride.
-Cylinder
The honing pattern used for the cylinder barrels maintains lubrication for the pistons in a manner that helps minimize any loss of performance due to friction.
-Cylinder head
The cylinder head adopts roller type rocker arms that minimize friction loss.
-New intake valve design
The port sections on the intake valves are designed to optimize airflow into the combustion chamber. This helps achieve a high level of thermal efficiency for improved performance and reduced emissions.
-Piston
Thin, low tension piston rings were adopted to reduce friction and the shape of the piston ring grooves was also optimized.
-Spark plug
Adopting the use of projected tip spark plugs speeds up the rate of combustion. This improves response, especially when the throttle is not open far, and also improves fuel economy.
-Oil pump
Optimization of the oil pump reduces friction loss and contributes to an increase in engine output and improvement in fuel economy.
-Highly efficient, lightweight exhaust system
The two-into-one exhaust system for the GSX250R/ABS features an optimized shape for the chamber in front of the catalyzer.
This maximizes acceleration performance at mid-range speeds, while the efficiency of the system also reduces exhaust emissions.
The muffler adopts a shape that contributes to better engine output and torque by reducing power loss. It delivers a pleasing sound while its design also contributes to better cornering.
-Rectifier
Adopting an open type rectifier contributes to improved fuel economy.
-Multi-function instrument panel

The GSX250R/ABS features a reverse-lit LCD instrument panel.
The LCD instruments include:
- Speedometer
- Tachometer
- Odometer
- Dual trip meters
- Gear position
- Driving range
- Average fuel consumption
- Fuel gauge
- RPM indicator ON/OFF
- Oil change timing indicator
- Clock
LED indicators include those for the turn signals, high beam, neutral, malfunction, ABS (Only for ABS model), RPM indicator, coolant temperature and oil pressure. The indicators are designed to be easy to recognize.

Chassis Performance
-Clip-on handlebars
The relatively low mounting point of the separate left and right handlebars is sporty, but at the same time designed to provide a comfortable riding position around town or when touring.
- Front and rear (KYB) suspension with custom settings for the GSX250R/ABS
Contributes to weight reduction and retains reassuring handling characteristics, while at the same time adding a sportier feel.
- Independent rider and passenger seats
The GSX250R/ABS adopts the sporty styling of independent seats for the rider and passenger. Even so, each seat provides plenty of cushioning to make long rides comfortable. The slim design of the fuel tank also helps the rider easily plant their feet on the ground when stopped.

Styling Design
-Styling design concept
"The Urban Athlete"
Suzuki's styling designers have successfully created a motorcycle that offers the best of two worlds. On the one hand, it features a sporty and aggressive look with a highly futuristic flair. Examples of this include the face of the front fairing, which takes design cues from Suzuki's sportbike lineup and features a new position lamp design that employs surface-emitting LEDs. On the other hand, it features a comfortable riding position, well-cushioned seat and slim design that make riding in town or touring for long distances equally pleasing. Image sketch
- Distinctive position lamps and taillight design
Enhancing the sporty, aggressive look and futuristic flair of the GSX250R/ABS are newly designed surface-emitting LEDs employed by the position lamps up front and the taillight in the rear. Their smooth edge-to-edge illumination and the chevron-like shape that flanks the headlight create a truly distinctive and highly appealing lighting scheme.


 

2018 Suzuki GSX250R www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

ENGINE FEATURES
The 248cc parallel-twin engine that powers the GSX250R has been refined to maximize low- to mid-range torque to deliver a power characteristic that emphasizes ease of control.

Intelligent engine design and fuel-injection (EFI) tuning yields class-leading fuel economy while satisfying world-wide emission requirements.

The EFI also stabilizes the engine idle and helps provide nearly linear throttle response for clean, exciting performance.

The camshaft profile maximizes engine performance when riding at road speeds between 15 to 55 MPH. This helps the GSX250R deliver true, practical performance.

The valve train employs new, roller type rocker arms for valve actuation to reduce mechanical losses.

New intake valves have a slimmer stem profile near the head to optimize airflow into the combustion chamber.

Reshaped, low-tension piston rings are used to reduce friction while a special honing pattern on the cylinder wall increases oil retention for additional friction reduction.

A coupling-type balancer shaft fitted to the engine's crankshaft reduces vibration and enhances rider comfort.

A new type of oil pump is used in the GSX250R to reduce frictional loss while providing excellent engine lubrication.

Dual head-pipes effectively route the exhaust through a high-flow catalyzer and into a new, stylish solo muffler covered with a buffed stainless-steel shield.

6 Designed to get the most out of the engine's mid-range performance and emit a pleasing sound, the GSX250R new exhaust is lightweight and stylish.

A six-speed transmission, with gear ratios well mated to the engine output, further improves low- to mid-range power delivery.

 

CHASSIS FEATURES
The Katana essence is present in the GSX250R's full bodywork that features a sporty and aggressive style with a futuristic flair. Select styling cues from historic and current Suzuki sportbikes appeal to both new and experienced riders.

The fairing routes cooling air to the radiator while moving hot air from the engine away from the rider.

7 The front of the motorcycle features unique dual LED position lights, angular fairing-mounted mirrors and an effective sport windshield that incorporates slots to reduce wind buffeting.

The sharp tail has styling and a LED taillight reminiscent of a GSX-R1000R.

The stylish and trim fuel tank holds 4.0 US gallons (15.0 L) of gasoline for excellent riding range. With a full tank of gasoline, the Katana 250 has a riding range of approximately 280 miles.

The comfortable contoured rider's seat has a low seat height of 31.1 inch (790 mm).

The separate rear seat is set higher so the passenger has a better view over the rider's shoulder.

The semi double-cradle frame provides exceptional support for the GSX250R's effective running gear and exciting bodywork.

The well-tuned telescopic front fork soaks up bumps for smooth tracking up front - whether riding irregular city streets or faster open roads.

Rear suspension action is handled by a mono-shock system that stays hidden from view to augment the bike's performance style. With seven-way adjustable spring preload, the rear suspension can be tuned for a passenger or cargo.

The clip-on handlebar's design and reach were developed to provide a comfortable riding position.

The 5-way adjustable front brake lever allows the rider to position the lever for comfort and confidence.

Hydraulic, petal-style disc brakes front and rear provide consistent and controlled braking whether commuting on city streets or roaming the open road.

New-style, ten-spoke 17-inch aluminum wheels hold road-grabbing IRC tires that provide sporting performance through a variety of road conditions.

 

ELECTRICAL FEATURES
The GSX250R is equipped with a new, reverse-lit multi-function LCD instrumentation panel that displays a variety of information.

At the top of the display is a bar-graph tachometer and in the center is large digital speedometer with a convenient digital clock and digital gear position indicator.

Also present in the panel is an odometer, twin trip meter, fuel gauge readouts and a service reminder. A bright, programmable shift light is joined by LED alert indicators for the turn signals, engine functions and high beam.

The bright halogen headlight is bracketed by a pair of distinctive position lamps using new tech, surface-emitting LEDs.

The rear taillight also uses surface-emitting LEDs for excellent visibility to traffic.

The turn signals feature amber incandescent bulbs with clear lenses and are well placed to not interfere with a passenger or luggage.

New, projected tip style spark plugs speed up the rate of combustion, improving throttle response and fuel economy.

The GSX250R uses an open type regulator/rectifier to reduce charging system draw that can rob power from the engine. A maintenance-free battery makes sure the motorcycle starts quickly each time.

 

ADDITIONAL FEATURES
12-month limited warranty with unlimited mileage. Longer coverage periods with other benefits are available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP).

Three dimensional "S" badges on the fairing and upper fork bracket celebrate the Suzuki brand and its heritage of technological and styling excellence.

A variety of Genuine Suzuki Accessories for GSX250R owners are available including a large selection of Suzuki logo apparel.




 

2018 Suzuki GSX250R - www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in USD

Engine
Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, parallel-twin
Displacement 248 cm3 (15.13 cubic in.)
Bore x Stroke 53.5 x 55.2 mm (2.10 x 2.17 in.)
Compression Ratio 11.5: 1
Fuel System Suzuki Fuel Injection
Starter Electric
Lubrication Wet sump
Drive Train
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Clutch Wet, multi-plate type
Final Drive Chain, Sealed O-ring type
Chassis
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear Single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Single disc, Nissin 2-piston caliper
Brakes Rear Single-disc, Nissin 1-piston caliper
Tires Front 110/80-17M/C 57H tubeless
Tires Rear 140/55-17M/C 66H tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity 4.0 US gal. (15 L)
Color Pearl Glacier White No. 2, Pearl Nebular Black
Electrical
Ignition Electronic ignition (Transistorized)
Headlight 12V 55/60W (H4 halogen) & LED position lights
Tail Light LED
Dimensions
Overall Length 82.08 in. (2,085 mm)
Overall Width 29.13 in. (740 mm)
Overall Height 43.7 in. (1,110 mm)
Wheelbase 56.29 in. (1,430 mm)
Ground Clearance 6.29 in. (160 mm)
Seat Height 31.1 in. (790 mm)
Curb Weight 392.4 lbs. (178 kg.)
Warranty
Warranty 12-month, unlimited mileage, limited warranty*
Extensions * Extensions available through Suzuki Extended Protection (SEP)



 


 

2018 Suzuki GSX250R - www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ See dealer for pricing in CDN

Engine
Type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, parallel-twin
Displacement 248cc
Bore x Stroke 53.5 mm x 55.2 mm
Compression Ratio 11.5 : 1
Fuel System Fuel injection
Starter Electric
Lubrication Wet-sump
Ignition Electronic ignition
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Chassis
Overall Length 2,085 mm
Overall Width 740 mm
Overall Height 1,110 mm
Wheelbase 1,430 mm
Ground Clearance 160 mm
Seat Height 790 mm
Curb Mass 178 kg
Suspension Front Telescopic, coil spring oil damped
Suspension Rear Swingarm type, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front Disc brake
Brakes Rear Disc brake
Tires Front 110/80-17M/C 57H tubeless
Tires Rear 140/55-17M/C 66H tubeless
Fuel Tank 15 L
Warranty
Standard Warranty 12 Month unlimited mileage limited warranty
*Tentative European model specs shown, Canadian model specs may differ.




 

2018 Suzuki GSX250R - www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)


Dimensions and Weights


Overall length: 2085mm (82.1in)
Overall width: 740mm (29.1in)
Overall height: 1110mm (43.7in)
Wheelbase: 1430mm (56.3in)
Seat height: 790mm (31.1in)
Kerb Mass: 181.0kg (399lbs)
Fuel capacity: 15.0litres (3.3 UK gallons)
Ground clearance: 160mm (6.3in)

Engine Specifications


Engine capacity: 248cc
Engine: Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, parallel-twin
Bore: 53.5 mm x 55.2 mm
Compression ratio: 11.5 : 1
Lubrication: Wet-sump
Ignition: Electronic ignition
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Power: 18.40kW @ 8000rpm (25.02ps)†
Torque: 23.40N.m @ 6500rpm (17.26lb.ft)†

Chassis Specification


Front suspension: Telescopic, coil spring oil damped
Rear suspension: Swingarm type, coil spring, oil damped
Front brakes: Disc brake
Rear brakes: Disc brake
Front tyres: 110/80-17M/C 57H tubeless
Rear tyres: 140/55-17M/C 66H tubeless

 

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