Suzuki Gixxer SF 250 Vs Rivals : Spec Comparison

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Gixxer sf 250 and Rivals

The affordable, fully faired motorcycle segment has so far been ruled by the Pulsar RS200. The most powerful Pulsar ever. Sure, there are other players that came long before. Case in point – The Honda CBR250R. The bike came to our shores back in 2011 but has remained pretty unchanged since then. During the BSIV upgrade season, the bike mysteriously disappeared from showroom floors for about a year – allowing the competition to catch up. Then, there is less aggressive and less powerful Yamaha Fazer 25. The faired version of FZ-25 which is a head turner with its out-of-the-ordinary fairing. The year 2019 – Enter the Gixxer SF 250. Suzuki seems to have cracked the code for a successful player in the 200-250CC segment. Let’s see how Japan’s latest player fares among its rivals.

Suzuki’s first innings in the quarter-liter segment was with the Inazuma 250. It came with a parallel twin motor and the price was north of 2.5 lakhs. It was hard luck for Suzuki back then and they pulled the plug on the Inazuma.

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Model Suzuki Gixxer 250 Honda CBR250R Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Yamaha Fazer 25
Price INR 1.71 Lakh INR 1.95 Lakh INR 1.39 Lakh INR 1.44 Lakh
The Heart of the competition

The newest member in the faired motorcycle club, the Gixxer SF 250 gets a 249cc single cylinder air cooled motor. The output stands at 26.5hp @ 9000rpm and 22.6Nm @ 7500rpm – close to CBR250R’s 26.5hp @ 8500rpm and 22.9Nm @ 7000rpm. The Honda is about 6kg heavier than the Suzuki. The Suzuki and the Yamaha produce more power than the Yamaha and the Pulsar. The Yamaha, with a 249cc air-cooled motor, produces 20.9hp much lower than RS200’s 24.5hp.

Model Suzuki Gixxer 250 Honda CBR250R Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Yamaha Fazer 25
Engine 249cc, single-cylinder, oil-cooled 249.6cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 199.5cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled 249cc, single-cylinder, air-cooled
Output 26.5hp @ 9000rpm
22.6Nm @ 7500rpm
26.5hp @ 8500rpm
22.9Nm @ 7000rpm
24.5hp @ 9750rpm
18.6Nm @ 8000rpm
20.9hp @ 8000rpm
20Nm @ 6000rpm
Gearbox 6-Speed MT 6-Speed MT 6-Speed MT 5-Speed MT

The Gixxer SF 250 features an aggressive styling – thanks to the sharp lines in the fuel thank that neatly flows into the fairing. The sharp LED headlamp also adds to the aggressive look. Further adding to the style cues are the split grab rails and the 10-spoke alloy wheels. Suzuki has overall got a very nice styling package. The Honda CBR250R has pretty much remained unchanged and is less dramatic compared to the competition. Apart from graphics updates and a new LED headlamp, the bike has not received any major upgrade since its launch. It still retains the same instrument cluster from 2011.

The Fazer 25 is less dramatic design – save for the weird looking front semi-fairing and the LED DRL strips that turn heads. The design is less dramatic and much similar to the FZ-25 at the rear. The Pulsar RS200, with its bug-eye projector headlamp, looks something out of a Transformers movie set. The bike carries sharp lines and the LED elements make the 4-year-old design almost look fresh.

Other Specs and details

All the bikes here feature a dual channel ABS, except for the Pulsar RS200 – which features a single channel ABS. Another common feature is the telescopic front suspension and the monoshock rear suspension. Despite all the weird bodywork, the Fazer weighs about 157 Kg, the lightest of the Lot, while the Honda tips the scale at 167 Kg.

Model Suzuki Gixxer 250 Honda CBR250R Bajaj Pulsar RS200 Yamaha Fazer 25
Wheelbase (mm) 1345 1369 1355 1360
Kerb weight (Kg) 161 167 164 157
Brakes (F/R) Disc/Disc Disc/Disc Disc/Disc Disc/Disc
Suspension (Front) Telescopic fork Telescopic fork Telescopic fork Telescopic fork
Suspension (Rear) Monoshock Monoshock Monoshock Monoshock
Fuel Capacity (Litres) 12 13 13 14
Tires (Front) 110/70 17 110/70 17 100/80 17 100/80 17
Tires (Rear) 150/60 17 140/70 17 130/70 17 140/70 17


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