Suzuki GSX-R125

Suzuki GSX-R125

What is happening to Suzuki Motorcycles? When I saw the press for Australia I did a double take: it does read GSX-R125! all new for 2018. Welcome to the first 125cc learner legal GSX-R super sports – well so the branding indicates.

In terms of looks the GSX-R125 is cutting edge, sort of looks like the existing GSX-R bikes and perhaps a hint at the next generation styling? It’s not challenging to look or does it really offend and it is ‘sporty’ to look at. It’s primary competitors in the Yamaha YZF-R125 which is one of the best looking 125cc and immediately evokes sports motorcycle which unfortunately the GSX-R125 doesn’t match. The KTM RC125 is an even better interpretation of the 125cc super sports motorcycle as it does’t look like any other thanks to high quality parts, properly designed muffler and a composite rear swing arm.

In terms of technology, specifications and performance the GSX-R125 is not exactly brimming with obvious tech but it certainly has features like EFI, keyless ignition, full digital instrument panel, LED lighting and even ABS. It is missing the alloy frame and 3 cylinders of regular GSX-Rs which is disappointing but it’s on road pricing is the main feature that makes all this forgivable. The Suzuki GSX-R125 is priced $3,990 including on road costs! No other motorcycle in the class has these features.

In the end the Suzuki GSX-R125 is a great entry into the 125cc class. It also means it is LAMS approved for learner riders. Suzuki boasts that it is the best performing 125cc in the class, thanks to it’s power to weight ratio but it’s only by a tiny margin. However I think they should have gone a little further with the exterior fairing. The key selling point is the price, for a under $4000 AUD you can have a brand new Suzuki in your garage.

Suzuki GSX-R125 Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 125cc
Power/Torque: 11Kw @10000 RPM 11 Nm @8000 RPM  
Gearbox: 6 speed
Kerb Weight: 134Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 11 litre fuel tank
Seat height: 795 mm
Dimensions: L2000 x W700 x H1070 mm
Recommended Retail Price: $3,990 (2018)


2018 Suzuki GSX-R600

Suzuki GSX-R600

The Suzuki GSX-R 600 is another 600cc super-sport motorcycle you can still buy in 2018. Although the current model hasn’t changed for over a year a indicates that it’s still a competitive package for the motorcyclist that likes a bit of a race bike style ride and who want to go production motorcycle racing. That said only Yamaha has updated their 600cc Super sports.

In terms of design the GSX-R600 looks good in a traditional  sports bike style.  In fact it is virtually identical to the GSX-R750 but that shouldn’t be surprising and neither design have changed for a couple years. One of the reasons for that is the 600cc sports bike class in 2016-2017 has experiencing a significant drop in popularity.

In terms engines and technical features, there is nothing new or revolutionary. Many also attribute the lack of technical progress in the last two years is caused by stricter emissions laws that come into effect next year and that doesn’t just effect the GSX-R600 but every other 600cc spots motorcycle.

Historically Suzuki Motorcycles have always been sportier than it’s competitors as a road motorcycle. They always had harder suspension, more power at the top end of the rev range as the specs shows. If you are that sort of rider then this the GSX-R600 is for you and I did have one for many years.

Once again nothing further I can add to my impressions of the 2018 Suzuki GSX-R600. The best selling point of the GSX-R600 is the price. As I write this the GSX-R600 sells for under $14,000 on the road and even when not on sale is still priced well for a Super Sports 600c  in Australia.

Suzuki GXS-R 600 Key Specifications
Engine: IL4 cylinder 16V DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 599cc
Power/Torque: 92.5Kw @ 13,500RPM 65 Nm @ 11500RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed
Kerb Weight: 187Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 17 litre fuel tank
Seat height: 810 mm
Dimensions: L2030 x W710 x H1135
Recommended Retail Price: $13,790 Ride away Clearance (2017)
$14,990 (2018)