2018 Suzuki GSX250R Review

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
2018 Suzuki GSX250R
2018 Suzuki GSX250R
2018 Suzuki GSX250R

 

 

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.

The Everyday Sportsbike

Introducing the GSX250R, a sports machine that brings the excitement and riding satisfaction of Suzuki’s sport bike heritage to a broader audience.

 

2018 Suzuki GSX250R Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

 

A Sports Machine

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.

 

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.

 

Sports Handlebars

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.

 

KYB Suspension

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.

 

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 Anti-lock Brake System (ABS)¹ made by Bosch is also equipped to deliver greater confidence and control.

 

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.

 

2018 Suzuki GSX250R Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Key Features

New fully-faired, quarter-liter sportbike with aggressive, flowing styling true to the Suzuki Katana heritage

Fuel-injected twin-cylinder engine delivers a responsive, broad power band with class-leading fuel economy of approximately 76 MPG.

The GSX250R features a reverse-lit LCD instrument panel, a bright halogen headlight, plus distinctive position lamps and taillight using new tech, surface-emitting LEDs.

Comfortable, roomy ergonomics for rider and passenger, with a slim fuel tank that helps the rider easily plant their feet on the ground when stopped.

New style 10-spoke wheels, petal-type brake rotors, and quality KYB suspension components round out a chassis ready for any riding assignment.

 

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.

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.

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 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $4499 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 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN

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2018 Suzuki GSX250R – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £4299 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Dimensions and Weights

Overall length 2085mm (82.09in) Overall width 740mm (29.13in)
Overall height 1110mm (43.70in) Wheelbase 1430mm (56.30in)
Ground clearance 160mm (6.30in) Seat height 790mm (31.10in)
Kerb mass 181.0kg (399.04lbs) Fuel capacity 15.0 litres (3.3UK gallons)

Engine Specifications

Engine capacity 248cc Engine 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, parallel-twin
Bore 53.5 mm x 55.2 mm (2.11in x 2.17in) Compression ratio 11.5 : 1
Lubrication Wet-sump Ignition Electronic ignition
Fuel system Fuel injection Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Drive Chain Starter Electric
MPG* 91.12 CO2 71 g/km
Power 18.4kW @ 8000rpm (25PS) Torque 23.40Nm @ 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 Rear tyres 140/55-17M/C 66H

 

 

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