2017 Suzuki GSX250R

Suzuki GSX250R

It’s been while since Suzuki had a 250cc sports bike style model in the line up and inevitable that it will be released in Australia in 2017 – so say hello to the new 2017 GSX250R. Before you continue just remember it is not a’ GSX-R’ it’s a ‘softer’ version hence GSX250R.

This a highly competitive class occupied by the Kawasaki Ninja 250 and 300, Honda CBR250R and CBR250RR, CBR300R, KTM Duke 250 and 390, Yamaha R3 and more!  I prefer the KTM Duke for as it is the looking genuine technology class leader in the 250-300cc class I refer to as the commuter and learner class.

The GSX250R as its model name suggests is Sport style motorcycle that’s not cutting edge street sports. That said I also expect as GSX250F version which is less sports and more sport touring in look and specifications. Speaking of specification the GSX250F is based on the GW250 Inzuma which is a decent entry level motorcycle although not exactly a super model in any particular area. However it means that the mechanicals will be reliable and easy to service.

Yes, underneath GSX-R inspired body work is a GW250 but at least all the donor parts have been changed befitting a real sports bike. It starts off with updated instruments, suspension settings, exhaust, handlebars and wheels are more expensive components from other models in the Suzuki range and overall it looks pretty good too.

For learner a motorcycle, entry level or commuter motorcycles buyers shopping for a new bike, all want the best power and looks  and the GSX250R does meet most of that criteria. The missing ingredient is best in class power,  it needs more – right up to the legislative limit which I’m estimating at 33Kw, which of course is not going to happen.  Regardless even if it did have that power I still prefer the KTMs, they are  genuine in specification and design. So the only thing that could persuade me to buy the GSX250R is if the retail price is that same as the GW250 – which means $5990 ride away! – Whether that comes true of course will be seen later in 2017.

Update August 2017: The Suzuki GSX250R has been released in Australia it is a welcome addition to the LAMS, Learner or commuter class and has the official on the road recommended retail price of $6790. Overall not bad for a Sheep in Wolf clothes.

Suzuki GSX250R Key Specifications (2017)
Engine: 2 cylinder 4-stroke DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 248cc
Power/Torque: Approx 18 Kw @ 8000 RPM 22 Nm @ 6500 RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed manual
Kerb Weight: 181 kg
Performance: 0-100kph N/A seconds Approx
Max Speed N/A Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 15 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 790mm
Dimensions: L2085 X W74 X H1110 mm
Wheels: 110-80-17F 140-70-17R
Recommended Retail Price: Est $6790 AUD Ride away (2017)